Laser hair removal is the most efficient way of dealing with unwanted facial and body hair which makes it one of the most popular treatments in the beauty industry. We are going to answer some of the most common questions that our clinicians get asked by patients during their first visit.
How does laser hair removal work?
-The laser light targets the melanin (pigment) in the hair and the energy emitted by this action produces heat that cauterises the follicles. The damage caused to the follicle delays and eventually inhibits future growth since the follicle is where the life of the hair starts from.
Is there any laser type suitable for blonde or white hairs? Why is laser hair removal not effective on blonde or white hairs?
-Blonde, white and red hair cannot be treated with any type of laser. These types of hair lack melanin therefore they are unsuitable for laser hair removal treatment since it’s the pigment that absorbs the laser light.
Is there a hair removal method to permanently remove white or blonde hairs?
-Yes, there is! Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method to remove white or blonde hairs from the face and the body. During electrolysis your clinician uses a fine probe to insert the hair follicle under the surface of the skin. Through that probe there is electric current transmitted to the bottom of the follicle and the heat produced by this process permanently damages the hair. This prevents new hair from growing and causes the existing hair to fall out, leaving the skin smooth and hair-free.
How many treatments do I need and why?
-We recommend 8-12 sessions followed by annual maintenance top ups. The reason for this number of treatments being required is due to the hair growth cycle and the way it works. The hair grows in three different stages and laser effectively targets 30-40% of your hair in each session. It can take approximately 4-6 weeks to go through the whole cycle and this is when you are ready to go ahead with your next treatment.
How do I prep my skin for my laser hair removal treatment?
As preparation for your treatment your clinician will ask you to do the following:
-to shave the treatment area(s) 24 hours prior
-your skin must be free from products such as makeup, deodorants, perfumes, lotions, fake tan etc. The best way to ensure that the skin is ready for treatment is by taking a shower before arriving to your appointment.
-no sun exposure 2 weeks before your treatment
-use SPF30 if area is exposed to sunlight
-tight clothing or accessories best to be avoided
Why do I need a consultation and patch test before proceeding to my laser hair removal treatments?
-During the consultation and patch test you have the opportunity to have a chat with your clinician who will explain the treatment process, answer questions you might have, and you will also get to know and feel comfortable with each other. Keeping your skin safe is also our top priority therefore carrying out a patch test ensures that your skin is suitable for the treatment and helps your clinician determine the right settings for your skin type and hair.
Can I wax/pluck or thread in between my laser sessions?
Any hair removal method that removes the hair from the follicle is prohibited throughout your laser course. For laser hair removal to be effective the follicle needs to contain the hair therefore we recommend our patients to stop waxing, plucking or threading 3-4 weeks before their appointment. Shaving is the only hair removal method recommended throughout the laser hair removal course.
Can ND:Yag laser treat all skin types?
-ND:Yag laser can effectively and safely treat all skin types, including Fitzpatric 6(tanned). ND:Yag laser technology has longer wavelength(1064nm) in comparison to other lasers and a weaker melanin absorption rate making it possible for our highly trained skin experts to create personalised treatment plans to suit the needs of your hair and skin.
Why do I need to inform my laser hair removal specialist about any medication that I might be taking?
-It is very important to inform your clinician of any medication that you might have been prescribed by your doctor. Certain medication may cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to the light) which can affect your skin’s thickness and tolerance. As a result, this might lead to potential skin reactions that will disrupt your course of treatments.
Is laser hair removal affordable?
-At Skin Care Clinics we offer smart city centre locations, highly experienced clinicians and latest technology equipment at the most affordable prices. Get in touch and ask us about our packages, discount vouchers and exclusive offers today!
Written By Aglaia Sounti