Are you wanting smooth legs and underarms (as well as other areas)? If you are thinking about permanent hair removal in preparation for the upcoming summer months, laser hair removal may be the treatment for you. We've detailed 5 frequently asked questions below to help you decide if you would benefit from this treatment:
Why are lasers the treatment of choice for hair removal?
Lasers remove hair permanently, providing patients with long-lasting results. Traditional hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing plucking and stringing can only provide temporary results, some for fewer than 24 hours. Research shows that these methods can often stimulate hair growth.
Laser treatment also carries the advantage that you are not required to let your hair grow out for a few days beforehand.
How does laser treatment remove hair?
Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to absorb the pigment in the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding skin. This light is converted into heat energy which disables the hair follicle so it will not produce another hair.
What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be safely used to treat any body part except for the small area inside the bony ridge of the eye socket.
Am I the right candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal tends to work best on individuals with pale skin and coarse, dark hair. However this does not mean it is impossible for those with a range of skin or hair colours. It is common for some practitioners do advise electrolysis on fairer haired patients.
How long does laser hair removal treatment take?
There are a number of factors that determine how long laser hair removal treatment takes. This tends to be planned at the consultation stage to accommodate for how slowly or fast is comfortable and appropriate for the patient. The size and the amount of preparation needed are also factors that can change time. As a general rule, legs and backs take an hour to an hour and a half, upper lips or the tops of ears may only eight to ten minutes. The front of the neck of underarms can take 20 minutes.