30th March 2020

Laser hair removal: the answers to your most burning questions

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There are so many ways to get rid of unwanted body hair, all of which are laborious. On average, shaving takes just over ten minutes. So, regardless of how often you shave, we can all agree that we would prefer to spend that time doing something much more fun.

Laser hair removal is a fantastic method of removing unwanted body hair for longer. Depending on your chosen area, an appointment can range from 15 minutes to an hour. After the initial set of sessions; you can expect to go from shaving once or twice a week to only needing a few top-up sessions throughout the year.

We have collated some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding laser hair removal. Once you have all of the information, we are sure that you will be as excited to book a laser hair removal consultation as we are.

Laser hair removal frequently asked questions

How permanent is laser hair removal?

While laser hair removal does reduce the rate and volume of hair-growth, it does not permanently stop it. You will need to book maintenance sessions throughout the year; however, this will be far less frequent than other methods of hair removal.

How effective is laser hair removal?

There are three stages of hair growth. Laser hair removal can target, capture and remove 90% of hair within the active growth phase in approximately four to eight sessions. The process spans weeks so that as much hair can enter this phase as possible.

How expensive is laser hair removal?

Depending on what areas you are targeting for laser hair removal, the costs can vary from £225 to £2,250. Dr Aestethica offers 25% off when you purchase a package. You can find pricing for different parts of the body on our pricing page.

How many sessions of laser hair removal do you need?

For the best laser hair removal results, we recommend that you invest in four to eight sessions spanning six to twelve weeks. It isn’t easy to make a specific recommendation without a consultation, as the number of appointments required will depend on the area targeted and the thickness of your hair.

What are the negatives of laser hair removal?

Most people only experience:

  • Mild irritation
  • Discomfort
  • Redness
  • Minor swelling
  • Some changes in pigmentation

On rare occasions, people experience:

  • Blisters around the affected area
  • Crusty, dry skin
  • Mild burn scars
  • Textural skin changes
  • Greying of the treated area
  • Excess hair growth

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

To prepare for laser hair removal treatment, we recommend:

  • Shaving, but refraining from waxing or plucking
  • Disclosing any medical conditions to your consultant
  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Removing any makeup before the appointment

You can find additional details of how to prepare for laser hair removal here.

Why is my hair growing back after laser?

While laser hair removal will significantly reduce hair growth, it will not stop it entirely. It is important to continue booking maintenance appointments to preserve the results. This will be required far less often than shaving, waxing and other forms of unwanted hair management.

How painful is laser hair removal?

The laser targets hair with heat; therefore, you will experience a quick, sharp sensation during treatment. Dr Aesthetica has invested in the Splendor X, which reduces pain to a minimal level thanks to:

  • A vacuum that removes hair
  • A cooling mechanism that minimises trauma
  • A Square shape that prevents overlap

Does hair grow back thicker after laser hair removal?

No. Following treatment you can expect some regrowth, but much finer than previously. You can maintain the results produced by laser hair removal by booking a maintenance treatment as and when you need it.

What happens if you don’t shave before laser hair removal?

It is vital to shave as much excess hair as possible before the procedure. Long hair won’t react with the laser hair removal device. Because the treatment works by damaging hair follicles with heat, long hair may result in your skin burning during treatment.

Book a laser hair removal consultation

As with any other treatment, it is essential that you fully understand the laser hair removal process before committing to an appointment. Therefore, you must book a consultation before any procedure.

Dr Aesthetica will not perform any cosmetic beauty treatment unless we have carried out a consultation and believe that it is safe to proceed.

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.

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