Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted body and facial hair. It can be used on almost any part of the body for both men and women. It is most commonly used to remove unwanted hair on the face and legs, but can also be used to treat chests and backs.
The treatment area is cleaned up and a topical anesthetic applied before you start the laser session, which is usually less than an hour long. The procedure uses a hand-held device that delivers pulses of light, which causes tiny plumes of vapor to rise from the treatment area. These vapors contain sulfur-like gases and can feel as though you’re being burned, but the pain is typically mild to moderate.
After the treatment, your skin will be red and swollen. This can last for a day or two, but can be treated with ice packs if needed.
During the treatment, a laser beam of light is directed at the target area, where it heats and destroys the hair follicle. This process takes some time, and it’s recommended to schedule several treatments about every 4 weeks.
Each treatment weakens a certain number of follicles in the treated area, which delays hair growth for months or years. But, the treatment doesn’t always result in permanent removal of the hair, and some follicles will grow back.
In most cases, you’ll need multiple treatments to achieve permanent results. This is because hair grows in cycles: resting, growing and shedding phases.
Your doctor may prescribe a skin bleaching cream before your laser hair removal procedure to ensure the best results possible. It’s also important to avoid shaving, plucking or waxing the targeted area before your treatment to prevent disruption of the follicle.
When choosing a practitioner, look for one who is qualified to perform this type of cosmetic treatment and is on a register. This will show they have the necessary training, skills and insurance to perform this type of work safely and effectively.
There are several different types of lasers, so it’s important to choose one that’s suited to your skin tone and hair color. Dark hair absorbs the laser’s light beams better than lighter or white hair.
Regardless of your skin color, it’s a good idea to not get any sun in the days before you have your laser hair removal treatment because the melanin in your skin will react with the laser’s light beams and cause skin discoloration. This could look as if you have an uneven skin tone or patchy sunburn, says Dr. Maiman, a New York City dermatologist.
For women, a laser hair removal procedure can be an excellent solution to removing unwanted facial or bikini line hair. This can make shaving easier and reduce the risk of razor burn or ingrown hairs.
The most common areas to treat with laser hair removal include the legs, arms, bikini line and face. It’s important to find a licensed professional with experience using the particular type of laser that will be most effective for you.
When you’re ready to get started on your personalized body sculpting journey, book an appointment at 3D Lipo London Skin Clinic! Our team is ready to discuss your goals and create the perfect body sculpting treatment plan for you.
Before you begin your treatment, your therapist will take a full medical history to ensure that you’re healthy enough to receive the treatment. We will also ask you about any allergies or other health concerns, so that we can make sure you are fully informed and comfortable with the process.