The five most important things you should know about laser hair removal
What You Should Know About Laser Hair Removal
Although Laser Hair Removal has been around for a long period of time, we are constantly learning and discovering new things.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to review the fundamentals and ensure that you truly grasp what’s going on if you’re considering beginning laser treatments. As a clinic operator and laser specialist, I am commonly asked questions. Here are the top five:
How many Laser sessions do I require?
Six sessions are the minimal minimum for any area of Laser Hair Removal (that has not been treated previously), whether it is Laser or IPL. Anyone who tells you that you will lose your hair in three sessions is lying. Avoid the misconception that after six sessions, you would have no hair remaining, as this is exceedingly improbable. What is more likely is that you will reduce hair in the area by around 70% to 80%. Numerous clients return for 1-3 additional sessions. By and large, the coarser and darker the hair, the better.
Is Permanent Laser Hair Removal Possible?
You can never guarantee that your hair removal is completely permanent. However, it is accurate to state that you will have less hair forever. That is, the laser will destroy a huge proportion of the cells responsible for hair growth. Additionally, it will damage some follicles. Consider the follicle as the ‘home’ of the hair. For instance, if your underarms are treated, you may be left with a few thin hairs that are difficult to see.
Although you may have very few hairs remaining, there will still be dormant follicles that may go ‘woke’ and begin sprouting new hair. This can occur for a variety of causes, including hormonal and weight fluctuations. As a result, you’re likely to notice a few hairs emerging that have never existed before. It is not that the laser did not work; rather, your body is doing its normal functions.
Therefore, you should factor in the fact that you will almost certainly require follow-up laser sessions, depending on your physique and the location. I frequently see patients return after 2-5 years for 1-3 sessions to remove the excess hairs that have grown on their bodies. Hair removal on the face is more difficult and may require additional sessions or top-up sessions. That is because on the face, hormonal hair development is a more significant influence.
Is laser hair removal uncomfortable?
This is another often asked question. The Soprano Laser was the world’s first and leading ‘virtually painless laser.’ Since then, other manufacturers have developed similar ‘less painful’ lasers and also IPL devices that operate in the same manner. The sensation is a warm sensation that may also feel like prickles. (Not completely painless, but nothing to be concerned about.)
However, there is a substantial difference between a ‘least painful’ device and a conventional laser or IPL. A normal laser is more uncomfortable, especially during the first 1-3 treatments when the most hair is present. It has the sensation of a hot pinprick or ‘hot oil’ spitting at you when you fry an egg and is rather uncomfortable. After around three sessions, the distinction between the two types of systems becomes less apparent.
I must also say that if you get laser and experience no sensation, this is a negative indicator, and I can assure you that it will not work. Overall, the laser is less painful than waxing, with reduced pain lasers’ feeling more pleasant.
If you are considering hair removal, you will also have the opportunity to experience the procedure before committing. Any laser clinic must provide you with a test patch prior to treatment, which may entail a modest fee. As a result, you do not need to panic.
How does it operate in practise?
All lasers and IPL systems work in the same way to remove hair. Lasers and IPLs generate light that is flashed into the skin and hair. The light is absorbed by the hair, which results in a heating effect. This heat then spreads to nearby stem cells, destroying them. This means that once the old hair has fallen out, no new hair will grow out of that follicle.
It does not work in a single session because hair develops in phases. The procedure is only effective on hair that is in the initial stages. If the hair is older and is eroding from the follicle, heat will not be transferred to the cells. You may have cell disruption, resulting in thinning and finer hair, but you must repeat the procedure to completely destroy it.
This is why numerous treatments are necessary to eventually capture all of the hairs at the appropriate moment.
What regions am I eligible to get treated?
You may be treated nearly anyplace. If the laser can reach it, the hair can be removed. You will be wearing goggles to protect your eyes. You may, however, treat up to the point where your goggles rest on your face. Thus, this covers hairs on the side of your eye and upper cheek, as well as hairs between your brows if the clinic’s goggles permit it. Women frequently have laser hair removal on the upper lip, chin, jawline, neck, and sideburns. Men are also treated with lasers on their faces.
Concerning your body, you do not need to be humiliated! I frequently treat the entire bikini (also called as a Hollywood), the bottom, the anus, the naval, the underarms, the nipples, the chest, the legs, the feet, the fingers and toes, the arms, and the shoulders. Both men and women undergo laser treatment on every part of their bodies.
What more information do I require?
• Laser or IPL treatments will only function if your hair is sufficiently coloured. This means that hair colours such as blonde, grey, white, or light red will not work. If your hair lacks sufficient pigment (melanin), there will be insufficient heat to damage it. However, your hair colour may vary on different parts of your body, which may work nicely.
•You do not need to ‘grow’ your hair in order to receive the therapy. Prior to the laser, it is necessary to shave the hair.
•You must not pluck or wax the hair in between treatments; otherwise, the laser will be unable to function on that hair.
• Finally, skin tone is significant. It is feasible to treat all skin tones, from light to dark, but ONLY with the appropriate laser. When the incorrect laser is used on dark skin, serious burns might result.