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Laser Hair Removal 101: Everything You Need to Know!

Body hair is a natural aspect of human physiology. It varies widely among individuals in terms of thickness, and colour. While it plays an important role in protecting the skin from external elements, maintaining body temperature, and serving sensory functions, cultural and personal preferences often lead individuals to consider body hair removal.

The importance of body hair removal extends beyond aesthetic reasons. Whether driven by hygiene, comfort, cultural norms, or personal preference, the decision to remove body hair is subjective and varies from person to person.

Waxing, although effective in temporarily removing body hair, provides smooth skin for a certain period, typically lasting a few weeks, it does not offer a permanent solution. For those seeking a more long-lasting or permanent solution to hair removal, laser hair removal has become a popular choice.

Understanding Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has revolutionised the world of hair removal, offering a sophisticated and long-lasting solution. It operates on the principle of selective photothermolysis, a process that targets specific tissues with precisely controlled laser pulses. The primary target in this process is melanin, the pigment responsible for hair colour, present in the hair follicles.

At Evolution Laser Clinic, we use state-of-the-art Candela technology. During treatment, the laser delivers a brief, intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicle and converted to heat. The heat damages the hair follicle, preventing further hair growth, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected and unharmed – resulting in soft, smooth skin.

So, what exactly happens during a laser hair removal session? Let’s break it down.

  1. The laser emits a concentrated beam of light.
  2. This light is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicles.
  3. The absorbed light transforms into heat, effectively damaging the hair follicle without affecting the surrounding skin.

Benefits of Opting for Laser Hair Removal Over Traditional Methods

Laser hair removal offers several advantages over traditional methods like shaving or waxing. Here are some key benefits:

Precision: Laser hair removal precisely targets hair follicles without affecting the surrounding skin, ensuring accuracy and minimising the risk of skin irritation.

Long-lasting Results: Unlike traditional methods such as shaving or waxing, laser hair removal provides long-lasting results. It disrupts the hair growth cycle, leading to reduced hair density over time.

Time Efficiency: Laser hair removal is a quicker alternative to traditional methods, especially for larger treatment areas. The precision of the laser allows for efficient coverage, making it a time-saving option.

Reduced Ingrown Hairs: Laser hair removal minimises the occurrence of ingrown hairs, a common issue with methods like shaving and waxing. By targeting the hair follicles directly, it helps prevent hair from growing beneath the skin’s surface.

Cost-effectiveness in the Long Run: While the initial cost of laser hair removal may seem higher than traditional methods, the long-lasting results contribute to cost-effectiveness over time, as fewer maintenance sessions are required.

The Effectiveness and Longevity of Laser Hair Removal

You are probably wondering – How long does laser hair removal last? Well, laser hair removal stands out for its ability to provide long-lasting results compared to traditional hair removal methods. However, the duration of these results varies from person to person.

Most people require treatments at 4-6 week intervals. The hair growth differs in each part of the body which means your hair loss is dependent on the phase your follicles are in at the time of the treatment. We recommend having at least 10 laser hair removal treatments for a more permanent result.

Because of our highly advanced technology,  ELC laser hair removal treatments are suitable for most skin colours. Candela technology is designed to cater for both dark and light skin types, so for this we use two different machines. For medium to darker skin tones we use the Candela Gentle YAG Pro Series which helps to achieve the most effective result, whilst protecting the skin from any trauma.

At the time of your consultation, our highly qualified laser technicians will determine you skin type, allowing for the right machine to be used for your treatment. For individuals with light to medium skin, the Candela Gentle LASE Pro Series will be used for the treatment.

For anyone receiving laser hair removal, there will be a slight adjustment in the settings throughout the course to ensure you receive the optimal result.

Preparing for Your Laser Hair Removal Session

Like any other treatment, laser hair removal requires a form of preparation to ensure optimal results. Firstly, shave the area undergoing treatment 12-24 hours prior to your appointment to ensure that the laser can effectively target the hair follicles. Next, exfoliate the skin to remove any dead skin cells or buildup, facilitating better penetration of the laser.

It’s essential to refrain from waxing or plucking the treatment area for at least 4 weeks leading up to your appointment to preserve hair follicles for laser targeting. Additionally, remove any fake or sunless tanner from the skin to prevent interference with the laser’s efficacy.

Minimising sun exposure on the treatment area for at least 2 weeks before your appointment, including avoiding tanning beds, solariums, or tanning supplements, is crucial to reduce the risk of adverse reactions.

When preparing for laser hair removal, it is best to avoid receiving skin resurfacing treatments such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or radio frequency procedures to prevent potential skin sensitivity. Lastly, refrain from using perfumes, creams, or moisturisers on the treatment area immediately before your appointment to ensure optimal laser absorption and effectiveness.

The Laser Hair Removal Process

Laser hair removal is quick and straightforward treatment. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly staff who will guide you through the process and ensure you are comfortable. The session typically starts with a brief consultation to review the treatment plan, address any concerns, and assess your suitability for the procedure.

Once ready, you will be taken to the treatment room where they are provided with protective eyewear. The therapist then prepares the laser equipment and adjusts the settings based on your skin type and hair colour. During the treatment, the therapist applies the laser to the targeted areas, emitting pulses of light that penetrate the skin and target the hair follicles.

The sensation experienced during the procedure is often described as a mild discomfort or tingling sensation. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the session may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.

Laser Types and Selection Criteria

Evolution Laser Clinic uses highly advanced technology to treat most skin colours. For Fair to Medium Skin, we use the Candela Gentle LASE Pro Series and for Medium to Dark Skin, we use the Candela Gentle YAG Pro Series. For maximum comfort to our clients, both laser machines provide constant cooling to protect the skin, making the treatment comfortable and virtually painless. Our state-of-the-art lasers set the gold standard for the best technology available for removing hair quickly and efficiently.

As these machines are medical grade lasers and FDA approved, they are safe no matter what areas you are treating. When it comes to recommended number of sessions for permanent results, it is best to come in for a consultation and our highly qualified laser therapists will determine whether you can be treated and recommend a tailored treatment plan.

Aftercare and What to Expect Post-Treatment

Aftercare following a laser hair removal session is crucial for ensuring the best results and minimising any potential side effects. One essential tip is to apply a soothing product, such as Laser Soothe from evolveMD, immediately after the treatment.

This laser gel is specifically formulated to calm inflamed and irritated skin post-laser treatment, providing effective relief from discomfort. Additionally, it can help alleviate issues like acne and sunburn, further enhancing the skin’s recovery process.

It’s important to follow any specific aftercare instructions provided by your therapist, which may include avoiding sun exposure, refraining from using harsh skincare products, and keeping the treated area clean and moisturised.

When it comes to hair regrowth, it’s normal to experience some between sessions as not all hair follicles are permanently disabled in a single treatment. However, with each subsequent session, you can expect a reduction in hair density and thickness, leading to smoother skin over time. Your therapist will advise you on the recommended interval between sessions to achieve optimal results based on your individual hair growth cycle and treatment plan.

By following these aftercare tips and understanding what to expect in terms of hair regrowth and subsequent sessions, you can ensure a successful laser hair removal journey towards achieving your desired smooth and hair-free skin.

Common Questions and Myths Debunked

When it comes to laser hair removal, they are different myths circulating around, so let’s debunk some of the most common misconceptions.

Myth: Laser hair removal is not safe for dark skin tones.

Fact: Advancements in laser technology have made it increasingly safe and effective for individuals with darker skin tones. Specialised lasers and skilled practitioners can tailor the treatment to different pigmentation levels, minimising the risk of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

Myth: Laser hair removal is painful and unbearable.

Fact: While discomfort levels can vary from person to person, advancements in laser technology include built-in cooling systems that help minimise discomfort during the procedure. Many individuals describe the sensation as tolerable, akin to a slight stinging or snapping feeling.

Myth: Laser hair removal is only for women.

Fact: Laser hair removal is equally effective and suitable for both men and women. It can be used to address unwanted hair on various body parts, including the face, chest, back, legs, and bikini area. Many men opt for laser hair removal for its precision and long-lasting results.

Ready to experience the benefits of laser hair removal? Explore our services and buy now to begin your journey to smoother skin.

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