Laser hair removal is a safe, virtually painless method of permanently removing unwanted hair. It works by focusing a laser beam at the base of the hair follicle, halting hair growth. Laser hair removal is different to the Intense Pulsed Light system (IPL) which uses less powerful, diffused light waves. Laser hair removal can be used on any part of the body, including the most common problem areas: face, bikini area, legs and underarms. Many professionals and celebrities choose laser hair removal as it is considered the highest quality, most safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair from visible areas.
The process is explained fully and goggles provided to protect the eyes. Cold air or cooling gel will be applied to the treated area to soothe the skin. Few people experience pain during treatment, however some may experience light stinging or tingling during the session. Depending on the area being treated, lasering could take between 15 and 45 minutes. The area will need to be treated every 4 -6 weeks for around 8 months for the effects to be permanent. The skin may appear red and/or swollen immediately afterwards, however this should reduce over 24 hours.
Although very safe, it is important to resolve any skin conditions and to let any sun tan fade before treatment. It is also sensible to protect the skin from sunlight as it will be highly sensitive. Pale skin is most suited to laser hair removal, but the laser is ineffective on hair with little pigmentation, such as white, blond or grey hair. Darker hair responds very well to the treatment, but darker skin tends to be more delicate.