Can hair be permanently removed by laser?
Laser hair removal reduces hair growth, but results vary. Factors like hair colour, skin tone, and hormones affect its effectiveness. Multiple sessions and maintenance treatments may be needed. Consult with our professionals to manage expectations and suitability.
Laser hair removal pros and cons?
Laser hair removal has pros and cons. It can lead to long-lasting hair reduction, is precise, fast, and convenient. However, it is only sometimes permanent, can have varied results, requires multiple sessions, and is pricey. There is also a risk of side effects if not performed by a trained practitioner, and it’s not suitable for all hair tones. Proper preparation and aftercare are important, and it can be time-consuming.
Do you shave for laser hair removal?
It’s recommended to shave the area before laser hair removal to ensure the laser targets the follicles beneath the skin. Follow the specific guidelines provided by our clinic professionals. Avoid waxing, plucking, or depilatory creams beforehand. Book a free consultation with a practitioner for personalised guidance on preparation, expectations, and post-care.
How long does laser hair removal last?
Laser Hair Removal is the most effective, long-term hair reduction method. Typically, you may need 6 to 8 sessions to see the best results. Results vary from person to person, and top-up sessions may be required after time.
How much hair do you lose after your first laser hair removal session?
When you attend a hair removal session, for say your underarm, only around 15% of your underarm hairs will be in the growth phase. This means only 15% of the total underarm hairs can be destroyed at that session. The laser or practitioner cannot tell which of the hairs are in the growth phase and this is why the laser will go over the whole area and several sessions are required.
How many sessions do I need for laser hair removal?
6-8 Sessions are recommended. This can vary depending on your skin and hair type, hormone levels and response to laser hair treatment.
We’re confident that you will see results after your first session. However, it will take several sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart, to permanently remove hair depending on the area treated. You should see up to 90 percent reduction in hair growth. For the best possible results, maintenance treatments are recommended once a year for at least a couple of years.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
At your first laser hair session, we cleanse the treatment area and make sure you are relaxed before starting. Some clients report a tingling sensation on the surface of the skin during treatment, often described like having an elastic band flicked against your skin. For most clients, the treatment is pain-free. Read more on this topic in our Is Laser Hair Removal Painful? blog.
What are the side effects of laser hair removal?
The most common side effects of laser hair removal are:
- Skin irritation
- Temporary discomfort
- Pigment changes (laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily)
If you are concerned about any of these potential side effects, please speak to your medical practitioner. This is why we always perform a patch test at least 24 hours before starting any treatment.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Yes. Using only the latest Candela and Cynosure technology, our powerful medical-grade lasers ensure you receive the best laser hair removal treatment available. Our laser hair removal practitioners are experts – they have an average of 5 years’ experience, which is much higher than the industry average. This wealth of experience combined with the latest technology means you can be confident in their ability to perform successful and safe hair reduction whatever your skin type, tone, or hair.
Does laser hair removal cause cancer?
The NHS definitively states that there is “no evidence to suggest that laser hair removal causes skin cancer”.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser treatment affects hair in the active growth phase (anagen stage). The laser beam is made up of precisely controlled pulses of energy which are absorbed by the melanin or pigment in the hair and reaches into the active hair follicles that lie beneath the skin.
The energy heats the hair, right down to the bottom of the root, safely destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
Most people will need a course of between 6 and 8 sessions, after which time the hair will be visibly reduced or permanently removed, and the skin will be smooth and even. See our in-depth guide on How Does Laser Hair Removal Work for more information.
What is the best laser hair removal machine?
There is no singular “best” laser hair removal machine. Certain machines perform different tasks better than others, but there are plenty of factors that deliver the best results – such as the patient’s skin type, the area of the body and the talent and experience of the practitioner.
At Premier Laser, we have invested in a wide variety of advanced laser hair removal technology combined with consistent practitioner training so that we can provide the best individual laser hair removal solution for each patient.
Can you shave after laser hair removal?
You can shave after you receive laser hair removal treatment, but you should avoid shaving straight away to avoid irritating your skin.
Can men have laser hair removal?
At London Premier Laser, hair removal for men is a very popular treatment. We can treat all male skin areas and all skin types, from very light to very dark.
How long does laser hair removal last for dark skin?
Until recently, people with darker skin may not have seen successful results following laser hair removal. Thankfully, today’s lasers are more advanced than the earlier models. Modern laser hair removal technology uses a much deeper wavelength called Nd:YAG, which gets around any issues previously experienced. The same results can now be experienced regardless of skin tones.
Does laser hair removal work on red or ginger hair?
Laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in the hair (this is the dark pigment that makes skin and hair a deeper colour). Some people have more of this pigment than others, hence why some people have darker skin than others.
The issue with red and ginger hair is the fact that lasers have difficulty determining between pigments, red being one of the most difficult to see. The same goes for grey hair, which is another difficult colour for the laser to spot.
While it might not be the most effective on red or ginger hair, it can still work. We recommend booking a consultation with one of our practitioners to discuss your treatment in further detail.
What’s the difference between Hollywood, bikini, and Brazilian laser hair removal?
- Hollywood – this is everything off, everywhere, both front and back including perianal but not buttocks.
- Bikini – this removes hair up to your bikini line, so upper and inner thighs included.
- Brazilian – this extends the bikini line, leaving a small strip of hair.
Is laser hair removal haram?
According to IslamQA.info, laser hair removal is permissible provided it’s not harmful.