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
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