How It Works
Laser removes hair by using pulses of laser light to target the pigment in your hair follicles which cuts off the blood supply to your hair and stops the follicles ability to regrow hair. Therefore permanent hair removal can be achieved and an average of around 80% of hair that has been treated using lasers are permanently removed.
Hair falls out around 2-3 weeks after each treatment and you’d usually need 4-8 laser hair removal sessions depending on the density of your hair, with a gap of between 4 to 8 weeks between each treatment. This is because the hair growth cycle is a three stage cycle: growing, resting and shedding. Hairs can only be targeted by the laser if it is in the growing stage so not all hairs can be targeted in a single session and therefore you would need several treatments to target all the hairs.
Laser hair removal works best for darker hair and lighter skin but nowadays with advancements in technology, they can be effective on a wide variety of skin tones and for most hair colors. When choosing a laser hair removal clinic, it’s important to go to one that offers different lasers so that you can find one that’s most suitable for your skin tone and hair color.
To prepare for laser hair removal, it is recommended that you stop waxing or plucking your hair around a month before your treatment. The day before your treatment the physician may advise you to shave the area which is being treated to prevent laser burns and to reduce discomfort during the procedure.
After the treatment, your skin may be slightly red or irritated but this will go away after a day or so.
Laser hair removal is a highly effective method of permanently reducing hair and is also an effective treatment for ingrown hairs. It doesn’t take as long as other permanent hair removal methods such as electrolysis, as large areas can be covered quickly.
It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used on all areas of the face and body.
Laser hair removal has been described as being similar to being flicked at with a rubber band so it can be painful! Discomfort could also be felt on the skin from the heat from the laser. After treatment there may be some swelling or redness and there’s also a chance of burning, scarring and discoloration from the laser.
It is an expensive method of hair removal and can cost hundreds of dollars per session. Since you’ll need around 4-8 sessions per area of the body, this can equate to a lot. There are some good home laser kits but these will also set you back a fair amount.