Laser Hair Removal Explained
If you are tired with shaving, tweezing and/or waxing to remove unwanted hair, then it is time to consider Laser Hair Removal. And while most living claim it is pure magic, the truth is it is all Science!
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures where highly concentrated light is beamed into the hair follicles. The hair follicles absorb the light and that in turn destroys the hair.
Benefits of laser hair removal
- Safety: Lasers can selectively target hairs, leaving the skin undamaged.
- Time Efficient: Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time.
- Results: Most customers experience permanent hair loss after an average of 6 to 8 sessions.
- Pain Free: Yes, it can be. Your technician can adjust the settings according to your comfort levels. The only sensation you will feel is warmth and prickling.
What you should remember before going for laser hair removal
As with many other procedures, there are a couple of things you need to remember before going for your laser hair removal appointment. We have put together a few for your convenience. Always be sure to check with your technician as well.
1. Avoid sun exposure
We know that this time of the year it is all about getting that beach babe body. But, this is not ideal before going for laser hair removal as the laser will sizzle any pigment on your skin. To be safe, avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 1 week before your appointment. However with the new generation of lasers the cooling systems are so advanced making it safe all year round.
2. No fake tan
While fake tan is a safe tan, it is not so when going for laser hair removal. Same difficulty as when you have had sun exposure.
3. Rather shave and not wax
As explained in the beginning, the laser targets the follicle of the hair. This means that the hair follicle must be present in order for the laser to identify it. Avoid anything that might disturb the hair follicle, such as waxing, epilating or the use of depilatory creams. We suggest to have your last shave 12-14 hours before your appointment. And be sure to use a sharp razor. Longer hairs that sit above the skin, runs the risk of causing burns as the laser can target the longer hairs as opposed to the hair follicle.
4. No moisturiser
On the day of your appointment, avoid using moisturiser or even deodorant. Go ‘au natural’ and make sure your body is clean and completely product free. This applies to 24 hours after your treatment as well. Speak to your technician as they may have recommended products you could use.
5. Don’t withhold information from your technician at your consult
It must be remembered that laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment and your technician will be using medical-grade equipment. Upon your consultation, you need to be honest with your technician and disclose any previous treatments you may have had or any medication that you have taken or is currently taking. Things like Roaccutane will have an impact on the suitability of laser hair removal for you.
6. Be realistic in your expectations
Laser hair removal is not a one-time perfect cure all for removing unwanted hair. You can expect phenomenal results, but this will take more than one session. Once your treatment is complete, you should be expecting long-term hair reduction. Some clients do experience permanent hair loss, while others may report some minimal hair re-growth. Re-growth is affected by hormones and differs from person to person. Your technician will help you to determine what your long term result may be.
7. Consistency is Key
The timing of your laser hair removal treatments dramatically influences the outcome of hair growth patterns. It is imperative that you attend your appointments religiously every 4 weeks or as advised by your technician. To make things easier, book a complete course of laser hair removal as opposed to sporadic appointments.
8. Recommended products do make a difference
Remember, your skin will be sensitive to the sun for 48 hours after the treatment. Also, your skin may appear ‘sunburnt’; however, speak to your technician for a recommended active skin care product to ease any discomfort and swelling if this occurs.
9. No exercise and no hot showers
Just for 24 hours. Exercise and hot showers increases the body’s temperature which causes sweating and upsets the hair follicles. This in turn can create a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Avoid possible infection or ingrown hairs and just take a mini-break for 24 hours after your laser hair removal treatment.
10. Show Off
You have completed your laser hair removal course and your legs are catwalk ready! Grab those shorts and that beautiful skirt hanging in the cupboard and go flaunt your lovely, hair less legs! You deserve it.