Laser hair removal explained?
Laser hair removal is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess or unwanted hair from the body and face.
Trying to remove unwanted hair yourself can be a time-consuming ordeal, which laser hair removal treatment can offer a long-lasting solution to this problem.
Excessive hair growth can affect both men and woman, and can be a source of embarrassment for some people effect by it. Fortunately, laser hair removal is an effective treatment to get rid of unwanted hair and is generally suitable for different types of hair and skin. Typically, your practitioner will adjust the laser to suit your complexion so that the optimal results are achieved.
To see if you’re suitability for this treatment you’ll need to be assessed by a practitioner.
What part of the body can have laser hair removal treatment?
Lase hair removal is a low risk and effective way to remove unwanted hair. Generally, the procedure is more effective on darker hair as the laser is attracted to the pigments in the hair and can be carried out on most parts areas of the body, including:
- Face, Ears, Jaw
- Neck, Shoulders, Back, Chest, Underarms, Nipples
- Arms, Hand, Fingers, Stomach
- Legs, Feet, Toes
Most popular areas treated:
- Upper Lip
- Chins and jawline
- Half face
- Full face
- Full arm
- Full leg
- Full body, men and women
Cost of laser hair removal treatment:
The cost of laser hair removal will vary from person to person as everyone’s need are different. There are many factors that can affect the cost of your treatment including, but not limited to, the part of the body that is being treated, the amount of hair being removed, and the number of sessions needed to achieve the desired outcome.
Typically, laser hair removal can cost between £40 and £400 per session depending on the treatment needed. You may be recommended up to 12 sessions, but this will vary based on your circumstances.
To find out precisely how much a treatment will cost you’ll need to request a quote from a clinic. They will give an exact price of the treatment and explain what is included in the price. Be sure to carefully review the quote to see what is and isn’t included in the price so there are no unwanted surprises later.
Benefits of laser hair removal
Laser hair removal treatments doesn’t guarantee the complete removal of all hair, however, if done well, you can expect a significant reduction.
There are many benefits to having laser hair removal treatment including:
- Reduce ingrowing hairs
- Permanent hair reduction
- Smoother skin
- Less irritation to the skin
- Reduces excessive hair growth
Limitations and safety concerns with laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal will reduce the amount of hair, but the results are not permanent and will often require regular sessions to maintain. There is no guarantee that all hair will be removed permanently either.
Being safe and aware of risks associated with any medical or cosmetic treatment is important. Make sure you’re prepared for treatment by speaking to a specialist who can talk you through the procedure in more detail, going through risks and side effects, and helping to set realistic expectation about what can be achieved through laser hair removal.
What does laser hair removal treatment involve?
Before treatment you’ll have a patch test to see which laser will produce the best result for your skin type.
Once the best approach is decided the treatment will involve the following:
- Goggles will be provided during the procedure to protect the eyes
- Cool gel or spray is usually applied to the area of skin being treated
- Anaesthetic isn’t usually required
- Hand held laser device is pressed against the skin and the laser is triggered
- Each session will take around 15-60 minutes depending on the area being treated
- Repeat sessions will be arranged, as deemed necessary by the practitioner.
After laser hair removal treatment
Immediately after the treatment you may notice some redness and slightly puffed texture on the skin. An ice pack can be used to help reduce some of these effects.
Skin will be more sensitive after the procedure, so you should avoid direct sunlight for a few days. If you need to go out, sunblock should be applied to the treated area if it’s exposed.
Risks and side effects of laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is generally a low risk procedure, but on rare occasions the procedure may result in:
- A crust or blister on the skin, which should heal after a week
- Temporary change in colour of the skin
- Skin reactions
What if something goes wrong?
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your practitioner.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before your procedure
Choosing to have any cosmetic treatment requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- Do you need time off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- How to maintain the results of your treatment?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready for laser hair removal treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.