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The Ultimate Guide to Laser Hair Removal

With summer fully upon us now, many of us are showing more skin than other times of the year. However, with this comes to additional personal grooming required with both men and women looking to get rid of unwanted hair before slipping into their summer outfits. For those looking to do away with regular maintenance and upkeep, a permanent solution like laser hair removal is the most popular treatment. Promising smooth, hair-free skin, it’s easy to see the appeal of this treatment and why both men and women are investing in it.

If you are unfamiliar, it can be daunting not knowing where to start so we have broken down the most important things to know about laser hair removal to help you get started on your journey.

What is Laser Hair Removal and How Does it Work?

Like IPL treatments, laser hair removal uses light energy – although on a different wavelength – to permanently remove hair by damaging the follicle at the root. The treatment works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle, which is why laser hair removal works best on dark brown and black hair. Once the hair follicle has been damaged, future hair growth is preventing. The reason why this requires several sessions is that hair grows in different stages and multiple sessions ensure that all hair follicles have been effectively treated.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

The most obvious benefit of laser hair removal is the long-lasting result and a significant reduction in hair. Not only is this a convenient solution for many men and women but it also comes with an economic benefit in the long-run as you won’t have to invest in regular hair removal and maintenance following the treatment. Aside from the financial and beneficial benefits, laser hair removal is also advantageous for those who suffer from ingrown hairs. Often a painful condition which can lead to absences and scarring, ingrown hairs affect both men and women, but can easily be avoided with the help of laser hair removal.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatment Sessions Will I Need?

Like most in-clinic treatments, laser hair removal requires several sessions to achieve the best results. Because the hair follicles on your body aren’t all at the same growth stage, having multiple treatment sessions ensures that all of the hair follicles have been targeted and damaged enough to not regrow again. The number of sessions you will need varies based on several different factors, which is why it is important that you speak to one of our skin experts before booking a treatment. This way, they will be able to advise you on your options and create a treatment plan that is tailored to suit your specific needs.

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

Everyone has a different pain threshold so it is impossible to say with absolute certainty how painful you would find laser hair removal. The majority of people describe the treatment as uncomfortable or mildly painful – comparable to other hair removal methods.

Laser Hair Removal on Darker Skin Tones

Despite the mistaken belief that laser hair removal is only effective when treating lighter skin tones, thanks to new devices, black and Asian skin types can also safely and effectively be treated now. While it is true that darker skin tones should not be treated with IPL and short wavelength lasers, there is no reason why they cannot experience the benefits of laser hair removal, thanks to the use of Nd:YAG lasers.

But it’s not just about using the right machine. When it comes to darker skin tones, it is important that you go to a clinic that has the expert knowledge to treat black and Asian skin tones with the extra care they require. With decades of experiences, you’ll find that our team of skin experts will be able to guide you on your laser hair removal journey, no matter what your skin tone or type is.