Laser hair removal explained
We are so excited here at Smooth Laser Clinic to be open and welcoming customers! Lockdown has lifted and we have started taking those first tentative steps towards normal life.
Whether it’s sitting in the garden with friends and family, enjoying a cold glass of wine in a pub garden, or getting those lockdown locks tended to at the first trip to the hairdressers for a while, people are venturing back out.
All of a sudden you might find yourself more self-conscious about unwanted hair growing on parts of your face and body. We’re seeing people again, even if it is socially distanced and under a mask!
For smooth, silky skin there’s really only one option – To remove the unwanted hair. Yes – You could shave it or wax it off, but if you were going to do that, you probably would have done it already, right?
Shaving or waxing could of course do the trick – But they are just temporary fixes and rely on regular maintenance to stay hair-free.
If you’re looking for a more long-term solution to your unwanted hair, then laser hair removal could be the perfect solution for you.
Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular choice for women and men looking for a painless, long-term solution to unwanted hair.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser shoots concentrated light energy that the melanin in the skin absorbs. This is then converted to heat energy that destroys the hair follicle which delays the growth of the hair and in time, prevents hair re-growth altogether.
If you’re new to laser hair removal, or if you’ve been pondering about taking the plunge for a while, here are 5 things you need to know.
You can shave prior to treatment
With waxing, you have to leave the hair to grow a certain length for removal. This isn’t the case for laser hair removal. Prior to your appointment, you can shave the area you would like treatment on. However, you must not wax or pluck the area as laser relies on the hair follicle being intact in order to be effective.
To achieve the best results, have multiple treatments
Everyone’s hair and skin tones are slightly different, so treatment differs from person to person. Laser hair removal tends to work best on darker hairs and darker skin tones. Bear in mind that laser hair removal destroys about 80% of hair follicles over multiple treatment sessions. To enjoy smooth, silky, hair-free skin over a long period of time, your best option is multiple treatment sessions. You’ll start to see a difference from the first time!
Don’t apply products to your skin prior to treatment
It’s important to clean the area of skin on your face or body before a laser hair removal session, but don’t apply any products afterwards. The ingredients in some lotions have the potential to react to the laser in a negative way, which could cause irritation, pigmentation or even burns to the skin.
Do your research
Before undergoing laser hair removal (or any new treatment type), it’s always a good idea to do as much prior research as possible so you know what to expect. Find out about any possible side-effects (such as irritation) and what you can do to ease them. Side effects are usually mild and completely normal. They don’t tend to last longer than a day or two, and are easily relieved with a warm or cool compress on the area.
Stay out of the sun
The reason you’re considering laser hair removal may well be so you can feel confident in the warmer weather and enjoy the sunshine. But it’s important to avoid the sun on the area you’ve had treated. Ever wondered why you have hair in the first place? It actually partially helps protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Areas of skin where hair has been removed can be more sensitive to the sun so it’s advisable to avoid it altogether, and always apply sun-screen.
Want to know more?
If you’re considering laser hair removal, get in touch with us today. Our expert hair removal technician can talk you through the process and help you decide if laser hair removal is right for you.
Join the hair-free women and men of Horndean, Emsworth, Petersfield, Havant and Denmead by visiting us here at Smooth Laser Clinic. We can’t wait to see you!