Laser Hair Removal Q&A – All your questions answered!
For many of us, removing unwanted hair takes a long time and the results just don’t last. Shaving only keeps hair at bay for a few days and with waxing it can be a few weeks. If you experience these frustrations, then you need to know more about Laser Hair Removal. It is the only hair removal method available which is guaranteed to reduce hair on a long-term basis and for many patients, Laser Hair Removal is permanent. Today we are talking to experienced Laser Practitioner Rhyse Ramsde. Ramsde has carried out thousands of treatments over her nine year career as a Laser Practitioner. Here we ask her some of the most commonly asked questions.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
The laser uses a light beam to target the pigment (melanin) in the hair. This creates heat which travels down the hair shaft damaging the hair follicle and destroying its growth. Hair has three stages of growth and all hairs in the active stage at the time of treatment can be destroyed.
What is the best time to start Laser Hair Removal?
If you are wondering about the best time to start your laser hair reduction treatments, the time is now! Laser Hair Removal treatments cannot be carried out when the skin has had recent sun exposure. With autumn fast approaching this is the ideal time to start your laser journey. A course of treatments is the only way to guarantee long-term and lasting results. This will take a few months to complete, so by starting now, you could be hair free by Spring.
Am I suitable for Laser Hair Removal?
We can treat every skin type (including Asian and darker skin tones) using our specialist laser. However, not all hair types can be effectively treated. Laser light is attracted to the darker pigment in the hair. The laser is most effective when there is a contrast between the hair and the skin colour. The paler the skin and the darker the hair, the better the results will be. Hairs which are white, grey or blonde unfortunately cannot be treated with the laser. We will be able to tell you during the consultation process whether your hair will be able to be effectively removed and whether Laser Hair Removal will be successful. If you have polycystic ovaries (a condition which increases hair growth), we cannot guarantee that this treatment will work. Nevertheless, we often find that you will still achieve a good hair reduction.
Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?
This treatment feels like an elastic band snapping against the skin and in more sensitive areas can be slightly painful. The discomfort felt is reduced by the use of a cool air fan which runs continuously on the skin and an experienced Practitioner should be able to help manage any pain you might feel. The pain is over instantaneously and this short-term discomfort is more than worth it for the long-term gain.
Where on the body can you have Laser Hair Removal?
We can treat the hairs wherever they grow on the skin’s surface. We can treat intimate areas and also hard to reach areas, such as inside the entrance to the nostrils and ears. If there is hair there, we are able to treat it.
How long does Laser Hair Removal take?
We recommend a course of treatments for best results, usually around 8 treatments. These should be undertaken to coincide with the natural hair growth cycles (every 4 weeks on the face and every 6 weeks on the body) – this means that we can treat hairs in each active stage of growth and patients see the best possible results if these treatments are timed in this way. In between treatments, the hairs will grow more slowly and finely and some will not return. Each treatment will take between 15 minutes and 1 hour. After the course is complete, maintenance treatments are recommended.
What is the price of Laser Hair Removal?
The cost of Laser Hair Removal very much depends on the size of the body area being treated. It may seem expensive at first glance, but if you added up the cost of regular waxing or epilating, combined with the time it takes on a regular basis, most of our patients feel that it is a small price to pay. Many patients who come to us for a small area such as the armpits or bikini line end up coming back for larger areas such as their legs because they are so impressed with the level of hair reduction and the positive impact that it has on their life. Please click here to view a full price list. At the moment we have a Laser Hair Removal offer on a course of treatments at 50% off, so now is a great time to book in.
What happens after a Laser Hair Removal treatment?
After each Laser Hair Removal treatment, you are likely to experience some redness, tingling and possibly some heat bumps on the treatment area; this is a sign of a successful treatment. Any irritation can take up to a few days to settle down. Your Practitioner will apply Aloe Vera gel to the area and you will be advised to continue applying this at home for the next few days.
What are the risks of Laser Hair Removal?
If you are treated by a Practitioner without the skills and training to carry out this medical procedure, you run the risk of experiencing ‘human-error’ problems such as burns if the laser settings are not set appropriately for your skin and hair type. You should always choose an experienced Practitioner in a clinic setting. Ask for your Practitioners credentials, their qualifications and how many years they have been carrying out Laser Hair Removal treatments because burns can scar and your skin is too precious for that.
Within a controlled and medical setting, this treatment is virtually risk-free. Rarely, patients may experience blistering, scabbing, hyper or hypo pigmentation of the treatment area. Keeping your Practitioner fully aware of any changes to medication or sun exposure can reduce this risk.
The do’s and dont’s of Laser Hair Removal
- Use tanning beds or tanning products during a course of treatments. If you have been exposed to high levels of sunlight, we may recommend longer in between treatments to ensure that your skin is not tanned.
- Use the sauna, steam room, swimming pool and exercise for at least 24 hours after treatment.
- Wax, tweeze or epilate the hairs from the treatment area as this will pull the hair from the root and treatment will not be effective.
- Inform us of any medications that you are taking at the time of treatment, as some can cause photo sensitivity.
- Shave the areas that you are having treated 24 hours beforehand.
- Protect the skin with SPF 50 throughout the course of treatments on areas that are exposed to sunlight (eg. the face).
- Use Aloe Vera gel (we will supply you with this) for 2-3 days after treatment to help soothe the area if necessary.
If you would like an appointment with Rhyse to start your Laser Hair Removal journey, please do get in touch with the team at Core Medical Clinics who can book you a consultation.