10 things you want to know about Laser Hair Removal

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Professional laser hair removal offers a safe, effective, and enduring solution for unwanted hair.  Many of us have endured the tedious rituals of shaving, waxing, and plucking in the pursuit of smooth, hair-free skin, only to find ourselves trapped in a cycle of temporary results and inevitable regrowth. But what if there were a solution that offered lasting results, freeing us from the shackles of constant maintenance?

Enter Laser Hair Removal

Upon its introduction into the medical aesthetics field, it has grown and evolved into one of the most requested and sought-after treatments. From the original and less effective Ruby-based clinic laser to the smaller at-home devices of today, research and technology continues to evolve. Professional laser hair removal harnesses the power of concentrated beams of light to target and obliterate hair follicles, effectively putting an end to unwanted hair growth. Once considered a luxury reserved for celebrities and the affluent, advancements in technology and affordability have made laser hair removal services more accessible to all.

How does laser hair removal work?

A laser emits a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is then converted to heat, damaging the tube-shaped hair follicles that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.

What areas can be treated?

Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and the bikini line. However, it's possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except around the eyes. Areas with tattoos should not be treated either.

How effective is laser hair removal?

Arguably the most enticing aspect of professional laser hair removal is its ability to deliver lasting results. Unlike shaving or waxing, which necessitate constant upkeep, laser treatments target hair follicles at their root, resulting in reduction in hair growth over time. Good results typically require multiple sessions, but most individuals experience long lasting hair reduction. It's important to note that individual responses may vary based on factors such as hair colour, skin type, and hormonal fluctuations.

Can laser hair removal be used on all skin types and hair colours?

Professional laser hair removal can be customized for various skin types and hair colours. While individuals with lighter skin and darker hair typically respond best to treatment, advancements in technology have expanded the effectiveness of laser hair removal to a wider range of skin tones and hair types. However, it is less effective for hair colours low in pigment (melanin) as they don't absorb energy as well. These include red, blonde, grey and white.

Is laser hair removal painful?

Laser hair removal is one of the least painful hair removal methods when compared to waxing or threading. Some compare the feeling to a warm elastic band snapping, with some experiencing transient light redness and swelling post treatment. Modern laser systems are equipped with advanced cooling mechanisms that safeguard the skin and ensure a comfortable treatment experience.

What are the risks with laser hair removal?

Safety is of paramount importance in any cosmetic procedure, and professional laser hair removal is no exception. When performed by a qualified and experienced aesthetician or dermatologist, laser treatments are considered safe. As with any procedure, there are risks, but thankfully they are low. This can include temporary, or in rare cases, permanent darkening or lightening of the affected skin. Skin lightening primarily affects those with darker skin and those with sun exposure on the treatment area, both before and after treatment. All necessary precautions and preparations will be discussed at your consultation visit.

How long do laser hair removal appointments last?

While the duration varies depending on the treatment area size, sessions typically range from 15 minutes to an hour. This quick and efficient process makes laser hair removal easy for those with hectic schedules

How many treatments do I need and do I need to do maintenance treatments?

Effective and lasting results require at least 3 and up to 6 sessions for lasting hair reduction. This can vary depending on hair colour/type and skin tone. While laser hair removal can yield significant hair reduction, periodic touch-up sessions may be necessary to sustain results over time. Patients who have hormonal concerns/conditions should expect to need a touch-up sooner than those who maintain a normal hormonal cycle.

Will I see results immediately?

Immediate results are not to be expected as it takes time for hair to migrate from a damaged follicle. Multiple sessions are required to achieve long lasting outcomes. Exercise patience and adhere to the recommended treatment schedule for optimal results.

Is there any preparation or aftercare needed?

There is little downtime with this treatment. After your laser hair removal, you may notice some slight redness and swelling which should go away within 48 hours. 1 month prior to treatment, you should avoid electrolysis, plucking or waxing to avoid disturbing the hair follicles. Shaving the area prior to treatment reduces the risk of skin damage from burnt hairs. Minimize sun exposure for 2 weeks and use sunscreen to shield treated areas, as melanin in the skin can absorb energy and heighten the risk of complications. Avoid shaving, plucking or waxing hair after treatment.

How do I start my laser hair removal journey?

Schedule a free consultation with our medical aesthetician to discuss your goals, go over your medical history, and determine if you are a candidate for the treatment.

With its precision, speed, and capacity to deliver permanent hair reduction, laser hair removal has become the preferred choice for those seeking smooth, hair-free skin without the hassle of traditional hair removal methods. Our goal is to have you fully understand the benefits of professional laser hair removal. By taking the necessary precautions, you too can unlock the secret to smooth, hair-free skin.

To see if laser hair removal might be the right option for you, book a free skin consultation.

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Yvonne, Medical Aesthetician

Yvonne has special interest in dermatologic skin conditions such as Rosacea and Acne scarring. She has years of clinical experience and holds a Masters in Clinical Esthetics from Delmar College. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to medical grade skin care, and is certified in all forms of medical esthetics

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