Shaving is the most common form of hair removal, but it is a time consuming and cumbersome task. Most women shave four to eight times a month (one to two times per week), while 11% of women shave daily. On average, shaving takes 10.9 minutes, which is a lot of time collectively that could be put to much better use.
Enter laser hair removal.
This high-tech procedure destroys hair follicles, significantly reducing regrowth by 90% Imagine what you could achieve in a month with the time usually spent maintaining your body hair. The process can be carried out on multiple areas, including:
- Legs and feet
- Upper body and chest
- Pubic hair and bikini area
- Face (including upper lip and chin)
- Neck and nape
If you would like more information surrounding laser hair removal, we have collated everything you need to know, from how to prepare for the procedure, to what you can expect during the treatment and the aftercare involved.
How to prepare for laser hair removal
Laser hair removal can produce smoother, younger-looking skin. There are a few things that both you and your clinician will need to do in the run-up to the procedure:
How you can prepare for laser hair removal
- Research - Only invest in a clinician who is registered and can prove competency. We also recommend looking into the reviews of the company to ensure they are experienced.
- Shave - The laser machine is not compatible with longer hairs, so shave as close to the skin as possible (while being safe). Do not wax or pluck the hairs, as this will have the opposite effect.
- Ask questions - Discuss the pros and cons of the treatment and ask about the risks involved, so that you have a full understanding before committing.
- Disclose any medications - Some medication may cause your skin to be light-sensitive or more likely to burn, so it is essential to be transparent about any medication you are taking.
- Take a before picture - So that you can compare the results.
- Avoid sun exposure - Up to a month and a half before your treatment is scheduled. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a high-SPF sunscreen to protect yourself.
- Remove any makeup - Makeup could cause the laser to burn the pigments in your skin, severely darkening it.
How your clinician will prepare for laser hair removal
- Shave - While you will be responsible for the majority of the pre-procedure shaving, your clinician will be able to help with and small, out-of-reach areas.
- Consultation - Your clinician should insist on a pre-treatment consultation to ascertain why you are interested in the treatment and your expectations etc.
- Review your medical history - Including asking if there are any allergies or skin disorders they should be aware of. Your clinician will also look at your skin for scarring or evidence of previous procedures.
- Carry out a patch test - To understand how the laser will react to your skin and to allow you to see how the laser operates.
What to expect during the laser hair removal procedure
You can relax during the actual procedure while your clinician carries out the removal process. The best results will require four to eight treatments, spanning six to twelve weeks. The number of sessions recommended will depend on how thick your hair is and what area is being targeted.
The procedure will be carried out with a handheld laser, which will be pressed to your skin to extract unwanted hairs. Historically, this has been a painful process for some. However, at Dr Aesthetica, we have invested in the Splendor X, the latest technology with a cooling mechanism, reducing the amount of pain felt significantly.
Depending on the area being targeted, the procedure can take up to an hour. Smaller areas such as your chin or upper lip, for example, will take approximately 20 minutes.
How the laser hair removal machine works
The laser hair removal machine uses a process called selective photothermolysis. It uses a laser beam to heat the stem cells in hair follicles, causing them to fall out and delaying new growth.
There are three phases of hair growth, all of which respond differently to the laser hair removal machine. This is why multiple sessions are required.
The laser hair removal aftercare process
Following the treatment, you will continue to shed hair from the targeted area for up to a couple of weeks. This is normal and should be expected.
There may be some swelling, redness and discomfort, which can be easily treated with an ice pack. Some people can have an adverse reaction. If this happens to you, your clinician will be able to manage this with anti-inflammatory creams.
In the six weeks following treatment, you should avoid sun exposure as your skin will be more sensitive than usual. If you are going to be in direct sunlight, protect the treated area by covering it or by using sunscreen if that is not possible.
Laser hair removal frequently asked questions
How long does laser hair removal last?
The laser hair removal machine will put your hair follicles into a state of dormancy. This means that your body hair will not grow at the same pace as when you were shaving or waxing. However, laser hair removal is not a permanent solution, and you will have to invest in occasional maintenance sessions.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
The process involves heating your hair follicles, so you might experience a quick, sharp sensation during the procedure. The pain can be more prominent in areas that are sensitive, such as your lips, chin, nose and temples.
However, Dr Aesthetica has invested in the Splendor X, which keeps pain at a minimum thanks to the cooling mechanism.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Even though the NHS states that laser hair removal is safe, as with any treatment, there are risks involved. On rare occasions, the process can result in:
- Blisters surrounding the affected area
- Dry, crusty skin
- Textural changes in your skin
- Mild burn scars
- The treated area greying
- Excess hair growth
Book a laser hair removal consultation
If you are ready for smoother skin free of unwanted hair, book a consultation with Dr Aesthetica, where you can ask any questions surrounding the process. Following a successful consultation where both you and your consultant are happy to proceed, we will book your laser hair removal treatment.