Is laser hair removal safe? It is the first questions on every ones mind when considering laser hair removal. The media throws up stories from time to time of badly gone wrong treatments with scary close up pics, so no wonder it is one of the first questions that is asked.
This blog was first written in 2011 and since then technology has improved. Think the first Iphone v the lastest Iphone 11 for a comparison. As well as improved, safer technology, practitioners are also far more experienced and better trained too since 2011.
Is laser hair removal safe on the face or brazilian area?
If you are having laser on your face or brazilian or bikini you want to know it is safe. Statistics show that more than hundred thousands of laser hair removal treatments are performed in the UK each year.
Why so many?
The reason lays in how safe the method is, which is unlike any other hair removal treatment on the market. This means more people trust in it to get it right.
Safest cosmetic procedure
In fact, laser hair removal is rated second on the list of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Lasers are used in surgeries, in eye and vision correction, even in dentistry. Lasers in hair removal are now just as popular.
For many years we accepted other hair removal methods like waxing and shaving were the only permanent hair removal methods. Electrolysis was also popular. This was ineffective as the procedure was so long, and the procedure itself was very uncomfortable as clinics had to shock each follicle of hair to stop it from growing again.
Latest technology makes laser hair removal even safer
The latest top-of -the -range Candela Gentlemax Pro laser reduce the risk even further. The operate on a dual wavelength and are suit for light to dark skin tones. Traditionally people with darker skin tones did not experience the best results. Todays Nd:YAG lasers operate at a deeper 1064nm wavelength to destroy hair follicles without affecting the upper layers of the skins.
Benefits of laser
Laser hair removal is more effective because it can treat more than one hair at a time. This is because it can target the whole area. Before the laser hair removal takes place, a cooling gel is applied on the skin, after which a laser beam will be applied.
This laser penetrates deep into the layers of skin where the follicle is and is completely safe.
Some additional visits to the clinic may be required to treat the whole area of skin effectively, including the new hair follicles that start to grow in between the treatments.
Experienced Practitioners lower your risk
If conducted in a professional place, where qualified people carry out the treatment, then you are assured of a very safe laser hair removal treatment. You should always go and speak to the laser hair clinic first, having a consultation to figure out the kind of hair you need to have treated, your skin type, and so on.
This makes for the safest experience of laser hair removal possible.
Most stories where laser hair removal has gone wrong is where a practitioner was not experienced enough as todays lasers are extremely powerful. Also the clinic may not be a specialist laser clinic so their laser hair removal is an add-on to the main business. As it is not the main source of revenue they would be inexperienced in performing the treatment or use cheap inferior lasers.
Contraindications not disclosed
In some cases the person who had the bad experience may not have disclosed they were on medication or had a skin treatment recently on the same area and the skin was sensitive and in a healing phase when laser hair removal was undertaken or proper after advice was not followed.
After the laser treatment for hair removal , you should always follow the after care advice of the professional, i.e. not going out in the sun. This ensures your skin stays safe, free from discomfort and burning, and you get the best out of your hair removal treatment and you can stay hair free on a long term basis without any side effects, rashes or costly shaving/waxing fees!
If you live in London and are looking for a safe laser hair removal experience book a free consultation with us today. We are Londons largest laser hair removal specialist with 9 clinics across the capital.