Everything you need to know about Laser Hair RemovalAugust 22, 2022
The process of removing unwanted hair from your body through a series of laser treatments has become more and more common in recent years. It’s an effective treatment that can help you achieve the smooth, hair-free skin you’ve always wanted, so let’s take a closer look at what it involves:
Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair from your body through a series of laser treatments.
Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair from your body through a series of laser treatments. The laser targets the colour in the hair follicle, which disables it and prevents new growth while leaving surrounding skin unaffected. Laser hair removal can be used on any part of the body, including face, legs and underarms.
It’s safe, effective and permanent – but you do need to make sure you choose an experienced operator who uses high-quality lasers, such as our operators here at Jen Vittanuova Medical Aesthetics.
The laser targets the pigment (colour) in the hair follicle, which is then absorbed and destroyed by the heat energy.
The laser targets the pigment (colour) in the hair follicle, which is then absorbed and destroyed by the heat energy. This means that only your hair will be affected. The laser is not absorbed by your skin so it doesn’t cause any damage to it at all.
The reason why dark hair is easier to remove is because they have more pigment than light-coloured ones and therefore absorb more of the laser’s heat energy.
The treatment can be used on any part of the body with unwanted hair, including the legs, underarms, bikini line, chest, back and facial areas.
Laser hair removal can be used on any part of the body with unwanted hair, including the legs, underarms, bikini line and facial areas. However, it is not suitable for all skin types or hair colours. Laser hair removal works by targeting pigment in the hair shaft, so that when it grows back there is no pigment left to give it colour. This means that laser hair removal doesn’t work as well on light coloured or blond hairs because they lack enough melanin (pigment) to absorb the laser energy effectively enough to cause damage and permanent loss of their colour over time.
There are different types of lasers depending on your skin type.
Hair removal lasers come in many different types and power levels. There are two main ways to classify lasers: wavelength and pulse duration. The wavelength determines how much laser energy is absorbed by the skin, which affects how effective it is at removing hair on different skin types. The pulse duration—how long the light remains active—determines how effective each laser type is at removing hair, as well as its side effects such as burning and scarring (if you have darker skin).
Short pulses of Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers work best for people with darker complexions who want an effective treatment without any serious side effects. This means that if you have darker skin, this type of laser will be less likely to cause adverse side effects than other types like IPLs (intense pulsed light)
IPL lasers work well for lighter complexions because they absorb more heat from surrounding tissue before releasing their energy into the hair follicle where it’s needed most, this reduces damage outside the target area so there’s less chance of adverse side effects happening or post-treatment reddening taking place later.
At Jen Vittanuova Medical Aesthetics our Lynton Lumina Laser works on all skin types using different handpieces.
You may have some side effects after treatment such as itching, redness and swelling, or blistering (although this is very rare).
The most common side effects are temporary itching, redness and swelling. These will usually go away in a few days. Occasionally there may be some blistering (though this is very rare).
If you do experience any side effects, they can be managed with over-the-counter treatments such as antihistamines and hydrocortisone creams.
Whilst you may start to see a reduction in hair growth after only one treatment, a series of six to ten treatments are required to achieve long-term results.
Although you may start to see a reduction in hair growth after only one treatment, a series of between six to ten treatments are required to achieve long-term results. Each treatment is about four to six weeks apart and the number of treatments depends on the area being treated. Some areas will require more treatments than others.
Please don’t pluck, bleach or wax between treatments as we need the hair in the follicle. You will need to keep the treatment area clear from lotions and perfumes for at least 24 hours after treatment.
- Keep the treatment area clean and dry.
- Avoid lotions or perfumes for at least 24 hours after your treatment.
- Don’t use super hot water on the treated area for one week before your next treatment. This can cause irritation to any new hair follicles that have grown back since your last treatment and delay hair growth.
- Avoid direct sun exposure for at least two weeks before, during and after your laser session—even if you normally have very dark skin or wear sunscreen every day.
- Avoid swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and other public places where you might sweat a lot following treatment.
It’s best to avoid any sun exposure for at least two weeks before or after each treatment otherwise you risk sun damage or darkening of pigmentation on the treated area.
Sun exposure can cause skin damage, and make changes to your skin’s pigmentation. We recommend that you avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before or after each treatment.
Laser Hair Removal can help reduce unwanted hair but you’ll need 6+ treatments to get ideal results
Laser hair removal is a great alternative to waxing and shaving. It’s a painless, permanent solution to unwanted body hair. However, you will need at least 6-10+ sessions of laser hair removal treatments before you can see ideal results. This is because your body needs time to regrow the follicle before it can be treated again. If you’ve been considering getting rid of unwanted facial or body hair and want an easy, long-term solution that won’t require constant maintenance, consider having laser hair removal done!
Laser hair removal is a great way to get rid of unwanted hair, but it does take some time and patience. It’s important that you find a qualified and insured practitioner who can give you the results you want and make sure they use the right type of laser for your skin type so that you don’t experience any side effects from treatment.