There are many ways to remove unwanted body hair – shaving, tweezing, waxing – but if you’re not happy with any of them you can always try laser hair removal. It is a relatively new option that has quickly become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the UK and the US.
There are many benefits to laser hair removal – from minimal discomfort during procedures to longer periods between hair growth and decreased thickness of hairs. It is fast and simple to do with a qualified professional and there is no need to do something special afterwards. Most patients report permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
Laser hair removal works by directing a concentrated beam of light at the hair follicles. The dark pigment of the hairs absorbs the light and gets damaged enough to slow down future growth. Although results vary greatly from person to person, they can last anything from several months to years.
Typically, this is not a painful procedure, but there is an unpleasant burning or pinching sensation associated with it. The results are considerably more long-lasting than with other hair removal treatments, but it’s best to keep in mind that doesn’t mean they will be permanent. Hair continues to grow in indeterminate cycles and you need to go back to have it treated again to get the best possible results.
There are certain things you need to do to prepare before a procedure, which include avoiding tanning, chlorine and saltwater. Sun exposure immediately after laser hair removal is also a no-no as skin is more sensitive and prone to pigmenting and this can lead to the appearance of dark spots that won’t subside with time.
Sunburnt skin cannot get subjected to laser hair removal as the concentrated beam won’t be as effective. At least 6 weeks in advance you will need to start preparing for the procedure by limiting limit plucking, waxing or generally removing hairs from the area you are going to treat. If there are no roots there is nothing for the laser to target and the whole procedure will be simply inefficient.
Just before the procedure (about a day) you need to trim your hairs a bit – usually to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The strength and intensity of the laser are adjusted according to skin tone, hair thickness and color and area treated. Book a consultation with Dr Harmandeep Sidhu at Athena Skin & Laser Clinic and she will explain everything related to the procedure.