The laser hair removal process
In laser hair removal, a beam of laser light is targeted onto a group of hair follicles with enough power to damage the hair root without harming the surrounding skin.
The dead hairs coming through the skin are shed after about 1-3 weeks; during this time the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by new skin but, after the second or third treatment in your course, the hair will begin to look patchy and eventually, after a few more treatments, will stop growing back.
The laser can only target hair that is in the ‘anagen phase’, or actively growing. This is why multiple treatments are needed to treat hair that is at various stages of growth. Treatments can be started as little as 48 hours after your initial consultation and patch test, and can be scheduled for every 4 weeks (if your treatment area is your face) and every 6-7 weeks (if your treatment area is on the body).
For optimum results anywhere between 6-8 treatments is standard, and each session can take anyhere between five minutes and an hour depending on the area being treated.
Immediately after your treatment
Following your treatment your skin may look a little red or even bumpy, but this usually subsides within a few hours. You may experience some itching a few days later but this is relatively uncommon and is caused by the hair being pushed out of the skin.
Laser hair removal is not the same as electrolysis; whereas electrolysis works by directing a laser beam into each individual hair follicle, which is painful and time consuming, the laser hair removal machine can target a large amount of hairs in one go.