We are a luxury beauty salon on the Wirral in the village of Irby above the long-established Younger Chiropractic Clinic. One of our specialist treatments is laser hair removal, and throughout this article, I’m going to explain a little about what to expect and answer some of those frequently asked questions.
We have invested heavily in the latest technology for laser hair removal and we are just one of only a few salons in the region to provide the Tri-cluster Diode Laser with a cooling system to create a pain-free laser hair removal experience suitable for most skin types and hair colour.
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair.
A laser emits light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the follicle and kills the hair preventing it from regrowing.
Depending on the area being targetted, it can take anywhere from 5-10 sessions. Generally, the areas that respond the best and quickest are the lower legs, bikini and underarms needing the fewest treatments. The face can be one of the more persistent areas and may require more sessions, as are the arms.
Laser hair removal is permanent, and once the follicle is destroyed, the hair can not regrow; however, it is possible to get new hair growth. In certain circumstances, hormones and medication can influence and be responsible for new hair follicles growing. Therefore in some people, you may experience new hair growth, and while it will be much less than previously, a maintenance appointment may be required.
No. That’s why laser hair removal is excellent. You can shave as usual, and you need to shave the area at least 24-48 hrs before your appointment dependent on whether the area has quick hair regrowth. The lesser amount of hair you have on the surface, the more of the laser is absorbed into the hair below the surface. This prevents more heat being produced above the skin, which makes the laser removal much more comfortable.
No, laser hair removal should not hurt. You may feel some heat/warmth; however, our technicians are highly trained to make sure we choose the correct settings to minimise any discomfort from the warming of the skin. We also use the latest technology, which has a cooling system to keep the area cool while the procedure is performed and then thoroughly cools the area after treatment.
We advise avoiding sun exposure as having a tan will increase your risk of burn and hyperpigmentation from the laser treatment. You will need to wear a minimum factor SPF 30 if you are going to be in the sun.
You will meet with your laser technician, and they will discuss your previous history with you, and any medical conditions then assess the area you wish to be treated. A patch test will be performed next to the area you wish to have laser hair removal carried out. The purpose of the patch test is to see how your skin responds to laser and work out the best energy settings to use on you. It is not to determine if it works or not.
Yes, you can shave as normal between sessions although we advise not to shave for the first 48 hours after treatment.
Once a hair follicle is destroyed it can not regrow however new hair growth can occur due to medications, hormones etc. Therefore, for some people a maintenance appointment may be required, which can be from twice a year to once every two years depending on influencing factors.
Results can be seen from approximately two weeks after laser hair removal; however, hair growth is in cycles and therefore, most people will notice a significant hair reduction after their third session.