Shaving, waxing and hair removal cream all serve their purpose perfectly well; however, results are never long-term, which can become a nuisance when you’re always on the go. Luckily, cosmetic and beauty treatments are continuously evolving, meaning that there are now multiple different solutions to just about every beauty-related dilemma. When it comes to maintaining silky, smooth skin, there is one particular treatment that most definitely stands out from the crowd, laser hair removal.
Many people are somewhat sceptical about laser hair removal, simply through the fear of the unknown. However, with our laser hair removal advice, you can get to know more about how laser hair removal may differ depending on skin type and hair colour.
Laser Hair Removal Advice: From Novice To Expert
Before delving into the world of lasers and how they attack the hair follicles, it is important to understand the definition of laser hair removal. Laser hair removal utilises high-intensity laser beams pressed onto the problem area through a hand-held device. Each hair follicle absorbs the light energy emitted from the laser beams, which damages the root of the follicle and reduces future growth. Not only will the laser focus on existing hairs, but also those at the beginning of the hair growth cycle, destroying them from as early as the anagen stage; this is the growth stage before the hair reaches the surface of the skin and breaks through.
There are various things that you need to know about laser hair removal, some of which may determine how successful the results will be from the first session, and others will affect how your skin reacts to the treatment. Before undertaking laser hair removal we suggest learning more about the following:
- Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Hair Removal On Different Skin Tones
- Types Of Hair: Straight, Wavy & Curly
- Hair Colour
- Medical Considerations
- Things To Consider Before Treatments
- Treating Potential Side Effects
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to hair growth reduction, laser hair removal is the most effective option; no other method is capable of terminating hair growth for long periods of time. This, of course, is the main benefit of opting for this hair removal route; however, various other advantages are guaranteed to sway you towards laser hair removal. It is important to note, that while laser hair removal stunts the growth of hair, it does not permanently remove the hair, meaning that you will need to have a laser hair removal top-up about once a year.
All alternative methods of hair removal, aside from laser hair removal, run the risk of ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs form when the hair curls and grows into the skin rather than on the surface. Leaving an ingrown hair untreated can cause a severe infection, which, although are rarely dangerous, can be incredibly painful. Ingrown hairs can take a long time to get rid of, and involves regular exfoliation, as well as using ingrown hair lotion to eventually remove the hair from the skin.
Not only does laser hair removal reduce the risk of ingrown hairs, but it can also attack and diminish them when treated. This means that any ingrown hairs that you currently have on any area of your body can be removed through laser hair removal. Feel free to contact the team today for more information on ingrown hairs and laser hair removal in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.
If you book in for monthly waxing or threading appointments with your favourite beauty therapist, you will have to wait for the hair to grow back before you can have your next treatment. The hair cannot be removed unless there is a considerable amount of re-growth, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Laser hair remover sessions can be booked for whenever is suitable for you, meaning that you don’t have to wait for re-growth, as the follicles are treated from the root, not from the hair outside the skin.
Many people assume that laser hair removal will be painful when, in reality, it’s usually considerably less painful than waxing or threading. Due to the high-intensity lasers, the majority of devices feature an in-built cooling system, or a cooling gel will be applied prior to your treatment, making pain minimal. More sensitive problem areas such as the upper lip are likely to feel a little more uncomfortable, but you will get used to the sensation quickly. To find out more information about laser hair removal and whether the myths and conceptions about pain are true, take a look at our previous article.
Although laser hair removal may initially cost you a fairly large sum of money, over time, it will save you a considerable amount of money compared to having frequent waxing. Once you have completed your first set of sessions, only annual appointments will be required, and no other form of hair removal will be necessary; this means no more money spend on disposable razors and waxing strips!
Depending on the colour of your skin, laser hair removal may come with its own obstacles. This is due to the fact that everyones skin reacts differently to lasers, which can, therefore, cause the treatment to be less or more effective. The Fitzpatrick Scale is a good indication as to whether your skin is suitable for treatment using ultraviolet light. Although you may find that fair skin and dark skin have some hurdles to cross, new developments in laser technology means that laser hair removal treatment can now work successfully and hair free for various skin types.
To many peoples surprise, laser hair removal works effectively on those with fair skin but dark hair. The reason for this is because the laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicles, which, therefore, allows the laser to attack the follicles without the skin’s pigment getting in the way.
However, fair skin individuals tend to have more sensitive skin when it comes to light exposure. Although this may be the case, new and improved laser removal devices, allow for cooling systems to reduce the risk of damage to your skin and therefore, does not impact the results. If you have fair skin, then we would recommend popping into our beauty clinic in Milton Keynes or the surrounding area to speak with one of our specialists.
Similar to other skin types, olive skin tones can also lead to great results. The reason for this is because there is more of a dramatic distinction between the pigment in the skin and the pigment in the hair follicles. This means that the laser is easily able to identify the hair follicle and is less likely to damage the skin surrounding the area. Clients with olive skin that are booking in for laser hair removal in Buckingham, tend to have little to no problems with aftercare, enjoying their smooth skin within no time.
Surprisingly, laser hair removal on those with dark skin can be considerably harder than for those with fair skin. The laser has a hard time trying to identify the hair follicle due to the dark pigment of the skin. The reason for this being that laser hair removal works best when there is a contrast between the skin tone and hair colour.
One of the things that seriously needs to be taken into consideration, and is one of the reasons that having a patch test is vital, is that dark skin individuals may experience discolouration. Discolouration occurs when the laser kills the surrounding tissue rather than the hair follicle, which can cause permanent scarring and discolouring of the skin.
The type of hair that you have can also have an impact on how successful the treatment is, and even how much more likely you are to experience things like ingrown hairs through waxing and shaving. Those with curly hair are more likely to experience ingrown hairs when shaving, as the hair curls under the skin before it has a chance to reach the surface, this can make laser hair removal an ideal solution.
The thickness of your hair will also have an impact on how many sessions and how often you may need to have laser hair removal. When waxing thick hair, it can be extremely painful, and the hair follicles often become visible even when under the surface. With laser hair removal, you can spend less time experiencing a painful waxing session, and more time enjoying smooth and radiant skin. Obviously, thick hair will take longer to weaken, and you may find that more sessions are required to ensure maximum results. Whereas, with thinner hair, you can see and feel a difference after the first session.
Much like the colour of your skin, the colour of your hair follicles will have a slight impact on the laser hair removal treatment. The darker the pigment of the hair, the easier it is for the laser to pick up, as long as the skin contrasts the colour of the hair. In the past, blonde and grey hair were extremely hard to treat with laser hair removal, meaning that many found their hair growing back and the treatment to be ineffective. The new laser hair devices used at Bianco allows people of various hair colours to enjoy the experience of hair-free and smooth skin.
Certain medical treatments and pregnancy could cause laser hair removal to be dangerous. It is vital that during your consultation, you inform your technician of any past medical conditions or ongoing conditions that may affect the treatment. During the consultation for your treatment, the consultant will go through any health issues, your medical record and any contraindications. Contraindications relate to any factor that means you cannot go through with treatment because it will cause harm to the body. For example, contraindications for laser hair removal include the following:
- Open wounds
- During breastfeeding
Without a consultation, you are putting yourself at risk of harm, and it is extremely dangerous to go ahead with the treatment without knowing the full consequences and potential side effects. Please contact our professional team today and book in for a consultation before undergoing any form of laser treatment.
There are multiple things that you will need to consider before going ahead with laser hair removal treatment. Ensuring that you tick all of the boxes will help you to gather an understanding as to whether or not you are suitable for laser hair removal. Consider the following:
- Number of sessions – depending on the factors discussed above, you may need several sessions to achieve long-term results. You may also need to book in for annual sessions to top up on the re-growth.
- Patch test – a patch test will ensure that your skin does not badly react to the laser hair removal, which is vital to determine before continuing treatment across a large area.
- Avoiding sun exposure – we highly recommend that you avoid sun expose directly before and after the treatment; this includes sunbeds. Along with this, you must avoid using any products or lotion on the treatment area beforehand.
- Avoid other forms of hair removal – you will be asked to shave the treatment area a day or two before, but you shouldn’t wax, pluck or epilate the problem area as this will give the laser no hair to target.
Side effects vary depending on the individual; skin type, skin sensitivity and the size of the treatment area all play a part in the extent of side effects. Any effects you have, are usually very minor, and can subside within a day. The area can often become slightly red and a little swollen immediately after your session, but you are free to continue with your normal activities as soon as you leave the clinic. You are welcome to apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area if you want any redness or swelling to ease quicker. A good healer is Aloe Vera gel, which will also help to soothe the area if it feels slightly tender.
Similarly to before your treatment, you are recommended to limit sun exposure, including sunbeds, simply because the area will be sensitive and you don’t want to damage the skin.
The Most Effective Hair Removal Solution
Laser hair removal is the most effective solution for long-term hair removal, and Bianco’s beauty clinic in Buckingham has been providing clients with exceptional hair reduction results for several years. Although it takes a little patience and determination to see out your set of sessions, it will be worth the extra time in the long run. Laser hair removal reduces re-growth, which means you will no longer have to worry about shaving, waxing or plucking!
If you are interested in booking a set of laser hair removal sessions, why not book a free consultation with Bianco Beauty, where we can discuss a tailored treatment plan that perfectly fits your requirements.