Laser Hair Removal – The Essential Guide

When you come to one of our clinics, we invest the necessary time in assessing your tattoo and skin features in order to recommend the best tattoo removal Sydney for you. Laser hair removal is a phrase familiar to most clients and people working in the Beauty Salon industry but a lot of myths and scare stories exist about this procedure so here is an essential guide to help you chose the best hair removal system for you.

Hair removal falls into two categories;
1) Temporary hair removal “Depilation”, or taking the hair level with the skin, lasts from a few hours to several days and can be achieved by shaving, depilitories (creams) or friction to buff away the hair.

2) Permanent hair removal or “Epilation”, removes the entire hair from the root, lasts more than a few days, up to several weeks and in some cases may be permanent. Can be achieved by laser hair removal, tweezing, waxing, sugaring (similar to waxing), threading (also called fatlah or khite), burning off with hot wax, turmeric along with other ingredients like besan powder and milk, epilators, Prescription oral medications and other drugs.

Modern permanent eradication of problem hair has a number of methods some use chemicals, energy of varying types, or a combination of both approaches to target the problem areas of unsightly hair. Eventually hair growth will slow and the become less and less and finally it will stop. Laser Hair removal should be done in steps and over a period of time, and it is best practice to do it in several stages to best target the problem, give skin time to heal and to prevent damage to surrounding areas of skin or wanted hair.

How Laser Hair Removal Works
The laser is used in a sterile environment by a trained technician to quickly, efficiently and gently remove unwanted hairs from problem areas. The laser focuses a beam of light at a wavelength that hones in on dark colors on your skin. This picks up on the pigment of the hair, even if you’re blonde hair appears as dark spots to the laser. The laser is contained within a hand held device which the technician then uses to target these areas of unwanted hair moving it over the affected area that is being treated and this process removes the unwanted hair. The laser hair removal procedure works best for individuals with fair colored skin and dark colored hair. With darker skin, or skin that is heavily tanned, marked or tattooed it is harder for the technician to target the follicles of the problem hair in these areas. Results can be unsatisfactory for those with darker skin and more sessions are generally required as the process is a lot slower. Also be sure to use a technician with a lot of experience as it requires great skill and patience to treat darker skin.

Avoid salons that offer a one sized fits all laser hair treatment, this may not work and at worst could harm your skin. Each person’s skin type is different and a full history and diagnosis must be taken before laser hair treatment begins. As a rough guide coarser darker hair seems responds best to laser hair removal treatment and as previously stated light hair requires a greater level of skill to treat. Blonde or red hair laser removal can sometimes be very, very difficult depending how fine the hair is and how skilled the technician and you will probably have to undergo multiple laser hair removal sessions. If you have red or fine blonde hair be sure to seek out an extremely experienced and competent treatment specialist and ask them for refferals so you can check on their work before agreeing to undergo the treatment as it can damage your skin if not done with extreme caution and care.

Because hair grows in cycles it is advisable that all skin and hair types undergo several treatments to minimse the risk of damage and to maximise the effectiveness of laser hair treatment. Not all your hair will be ready for removal as the growing phases differ across your body so additional treatments would be best to capture the hair in a growing phase and a good technician will be able to assess the hair and what phase it is in.

The Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal
Clients can experience a minor side effect which mimics very mild sunburn with a raw, red look and a feeling of over-exposure to the sun. If this persists cold compress or a cold shower can help reduce the discomfort. If the discomfort continues for more than 48 hours or is extremely sore then seek medical advice immediately. Total sun block should be applied for up to 6-8 weeks depending on skin type and avoid long term exposure to intense sunlight as sunburn on top of the laser hair removal treatment may cause long term side effects of you do this on a regular basis and avoid tanning salons too as this can be more intense over a shorter time frame and cause even more damage to your skin.

If you tired of other methods like shaving or waxing, laser hair removal may provide a long term solution to your unwanted hair problem but do ask your salon for a full diagnosis and assessment before committing to the treatment.

Gilly Wilkes is a skin and hair specialist who works at London Beauty Salon [] Westminster Beauty Salon & Spa London. She advises on photoshoot make-up, long term skin care regimes and on hair styling for fashion and photo shoots. Westminster Beauty Salon is a premier London Beauty Salon

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