Five important things about laser hair removal:
Unwanted hair is a common problem for women and men alike. Fortunately, advances in laser technology have made laser hair removal a safe, reliable and fast method of getting rid of unwanted hair. The Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centres have a wide range of lasers for hair removal. This allows us to optimise the treatment plan for the individual patient.
How permanent is the treatment?
While laser hair removal is the most effective treatment available, it is not necessarily permanent. Most patients experience a significant reduction in the growth of hair in areas which have been treated after up to six treatments. Response to laser hair removal does depend on the individual, and also the particular area of the body being treated. Some patients need follow up treatments. Darker hair and lighter skin tends to provide improved results whereas other patients whose hair has deeper roots may require further treatment. In some cases, hormonal factors can stimulate the regrowth of hair necessitating repeat treatment in the future. In some situations such as polycystic ovaries where the hormonal factors are very strong, laser hair removal is a fantastic method for controlling the excess hair growth but treatment will usually be ongoing.
Which types of hair can be treated?
Laser hair removal, while best on pigmented hair, can be used on all types of hair although it is not as effective on blonde, white, grey or red hair.
Which skin types can be treated?
All skin types are possible to treat. However, those who are recently suntanned should not go for this sort of treatment until the sun tan has worn off. Treatment of suntanned skin, whilst it will still target the hair follicles very effectively can potentially cause adverse skin reactions such as a sunburn effect or altered skin pigmentation. Because of this we prefer to not treat recently sun-tanned areas with laser hair removal.
Which areas of the body can be treated?
All parts of the body can be treated except for the eyebrows as they are too close to the eyes making the procedure too risky.
What a number of treatments are required?
The number of treatments that an individual patient requires will depend on several factors including the level of improvement required, on the area of the body treated and the type of hair. Reduction in hair growth is typically significant within 4 to 6 treatments. Some patients do need to have more treatment, particularly if they have lighter hair. Laser hair removal also varies amongst different people and different areas of the body. Some parts of the body including the underarms and the bikini line are particularly responsive in most cases. By contrast, facial areas may need more on-going treatments as there is more likely to be hormonal factors involved.