At Skintelligence Clinic we offer a number of wavelengths for Medical Grade Laser Hair Removal so that we can tailor a safe and effective permanent hair reduction solution for all skin and hair types, on face and body, for men and for women.
So How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting melanin in the hair. When the laser light is emitted, the hair absorbs the light, causing it to rapidly heat up to around 70 degrees. If the hair is in the correct growth phase and attached to the hair root, this damages the the hair stem cells so that new hairs cannot grow. This method is safe due to the lower amount of melanin in the skin, which means that the surrounding skin stays within a safe temperature range during treatment.
How does Laser Hair Removal Feel?
Most people describe the sensation of the laser pulse as a hot elastic band flick. Typically, no anaesthesia is required due to the cold blast of air from the Zimmer Cryo Skin Cooler which is used during the treatment to alleviate discomfort.
Am I Suitable for Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
Most people are suitable for laser hair removal providing the hairs contain some pigment, and you are generally fit and well.
There are some medications and medical conditions that would prevent us from carrying out a laser treatment which is why we conduct a detailed medical consultation and patch test prior to commencing your treatment course.
White and grey hairs are not suitable for laser hair removal treatment, for this concern, we would recommend electrolysis.
What Will I See After the Treatment?
After Laser Hair Removal, the damaged hairs will remain in the follicles for up to 3 weeks as the epidermis renews, at which point the dead hairs will shed. The hairs can seem to “grow” as they are gently pushed out by the body’s shedding process.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Only the hair in the active growth phase will be affected by the laser, therefore we typically recommend a minimum of 6 – 8 sessions on the body areas and a minimum of 6 – 10 sessions for facial hair removal. You would have treatment every 4-8 weeks until satisfactory results are achieved.
What are the Side Effects for Laser Hair Removal?
After the session your skin may be pink or red, you may also notice some red or swollen follicles which we call “nettle sting reaction”. This is normal and usually subsides within a few hours. You can apply Aloe Vera or Lynton Light Soothe Gel at home and use a cold compress if required.
Adverse reactions are rare. These can include a lightening or darkening of the treated area, a small blister, or some minor crusting. Generally, these will also heal fully, given time.
Prior to laser hair removal, you will need to complete a medical history form and sign a consent form for your patch test and each subsequent treatment. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have during the consultation process.
If your medical condition or medication changes, you must let your clinician know prior to your laser treatment.