Frequently Asked Questions – Laser Hair Removal Treatment
A summary of the Laser Hair Removal process?
Laser hair removal treats unwanted hair on any part of the body. With a laser hair removal, you get permanent reduction with each treatment. Four to six treatments are generally required for optimal results. A beam is passed over the skin to the hair follicle, you can expect significant permanent hair reduction so that conventional temporary hair removal methods are rarely, if ever, necessary. However, every individual is different, and due to hormonal changes, hair colour, skin types, some clients may need additional treatments to obtain their level of desired results. Laser light produces heat so you can expect to feel a tingling sensation during treatment. Lasers selectively target dark course hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged, 90% of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of four and six sessions. If you are planning to undergo laser hair removal avoid waxing or plucking methods six weeks before treatment, as the laser targets the root, which is temporarily removed by such methods. Avoid shaving 1 to 2 days before treatment.
How does it work?
Laser hair removal works by a beam of light targeting and shattering the follicle selectively. It is attracted to the melanin in the hair follicle where it is converted to heat energy that can destroy the stem cell in the hair follicle and prevent its future growth. Laser hair removal works best on hairs that are in the anagen or active growth phase â?? so a few treatments are necessary to capture this phase.
How many treatments are needed?
On average 4 to 6 are required at four weekly intervals.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
On average 80 to 95% of people will receive permanent hair loss after a course of treatment but it cannot be guaranteed removal but instead guaranteed reduction.
When will I see results?
Noticeably after the first treatment, however, hairs will continue to grow out of the skin but should fall out after around a week. Any dormant hairs, which are unaffected by the laser, will need to be captured in subsequent treatments. Any hair regrowth will be finer and softer.
Is laser hair removal the right treatment for me?
As well as individuals generally wanting hair removal, it is enormously advantageous for those with excessive hair growth, polycystic ovarian syndrome, for treatment and prevention of ingrown hairs and transgender and NHS referrals.
Who can not be treated?
Those who are precluded are pregnant women and patients who have grey white or very pale hairs. Patients who have recently taken medication causing skin sensitivity should wait to be treated.
Can I use laser hair removal treatment on my face and neck?
This is particularly beneficial to men for ingrown hairs. It will also stimulate collagen production, resulting in a smoother and improved skin condition. Laser hair removal with the Medlite C6 can be used for unwanted growth on the face and neck of women. This can be a distressing problem for women and can be performed every four weeks.
What do I need to do before treatment?
Do not apply creams and cosmetics to the area requiring treatment. Avoid plucking and waxing six weeks prior to the treatment as this temporarily kills the roots which need to be treated.
Can I shave in between treatments?
Yes shaving is fine but no plucking or waxing.
What type of laser do you use?
We use the Cynosure Elite Aesthetic workstation which is suitable for all skin types.
Why should I not have hair removal using an IPL?
IPL’s are most commonly used for hair removal. It is not technically a laser. It tends to be less selectively attracted to the hair follicle in relation to the skin, therefore the probability of blistering and skin damage is high. True lasers emit a single frequency at a time, allowing them to target a particular hair type on a particular skin type. IPL’s can result in skin damage due to the broad band of light frequencies emitted.
IPL or laser treatment?
A laser is a high energy beam of light that transfers energy to a specific area. For laser hair removal pigment in the hair shaft is targeted with a specific concentrated wavelength. If enough damage is done this will prevent further growth resulting in permanent reduction. Lasers offer more powerful, accurate and quick results.
IPL is far less effective and accurate. The equipment is far less expensive than a laser. At Hair Removal Experts we use only the gold standard of laser technology. Lasers use the exact wavelength to target the hair effectively where as IPL use hundreds of wavelengths and heat up and potentially damage the surrounding skin with no significant reduction of hair growth. Laser pulses are very short and so minimise any discomfort. There is no need for cooling gels or equipment. Laser treatments can be carried out all over the body. IPL’s are less effective and can have side-effects on dark skin types. This is due to its lack of specific and correct wavelengths to effectively treat the skin type.
Do not be conned by the word ‘ laser’ treatment, it is most likely going to be a IPL treatment that’s is being offered. These are cheap machines and have shown they do not have enough energy to deal with hair removal resulting in an ineffective and painful and a potentially damaging procedure.
Are there any side effects from laser hair removal?
There can be short term reactions such as redness and follicular edema which is similar to goosebumps, this is very common and will fade very quickly. However, redness can be seen from 1 to 48 hours after treatment. We recommend Aloe Vera Gel to be applied if necessary.
Skin will appear smoother and in better condition as collagen stimulation will be activated. Also ingrowing hairs will be targeted and destroyed resulting in better skin appearance.
To talk to a hair removal consultant and receive a personal quotation call 020 8787 5833