Hair Reduction

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a powerful laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) to remove unwanted hair. This light source heats and destroys hair follicles in the skin, which prevents further hair growth. Common areas to treat are the face, legs, arms, underarms and bikini line. It can be helpful for women with hirsutism (excessive hair growth).

Our laser is suitable for all skin type including ethnic and darker skin. All areas of the body can be treated and has been found to be the most effective and up to date method of permanently reducing excess hair taking over from electrolysis and waxing.

Can All Colour Hair Be Treated
Laser light works on colour pigment. Blond, grey red or white hair does not contain pigment so laser will not work. Black or brunette hair will respond best to laser.

How Does It Work
The pigment that is targeted in the case of hair is the melanin pigment located in the hair shaft and follicle. The melanin absorbs the light from the laser raising the temperature (fig1). This rise in temperature causes destruction of the hair follicle thus preventing further production of hair. Whilst the hair follicle is damaged the surrounding skin remains unaffected.

Hair grows in different phases (fig2). Laser light targets only hair that is in the actively growing phase (anagen phase), therefore multiple treatments are necessary to get rid of all the hair as they are not all growing simultaneously. Different hair follicles will be in different hair growth stages at any one time. For this reason, it requires several sessions to ensure catching all of the hair in the anagen phase. On average you will need 6 to 8 treatments which are carried out every 5 to 6 weeks.

Following laser treatment, the dead hair needs to come through the skin. It is pushed through and then shed after one to three weeks. During this period the hairs will look like they are growing as they are pushed out by the new skin. Immediately after treatment the skin may be red and the treated hair follicles may be raised and bumpy, this is quite normal due to the heat produced. It usually subsides within a few hours but can take up to 48 hours for some clients.

Does it Hurt
Treatment sensation varies depending on the area being treated. It is quite often described as “a flick of an elastic band”. You may feel more discomfort in sensitive areas such as the underarms or bikini area. Discomfort can be reduced by lowering the temperature of the skin. This is achieved with the use of a cooling system which blows cool air on the skin. The lowering of skin temperature reduces pain felt making the treatment more manageable.

Laser Hair Removal (Fig1)

Before
The Melanin absorbs the light and heats up
After

The Phases of Hair Growth (Fig2)

Anagen Phase
Telogen Phase
Catagen Phase
New Anagen Phase