Choosing laser hair removal
If you’re finally sick to the back teeth of shaving, tweezing or waxing off your unwanted body hair, you may want to consider laser hair removal.
One of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the UK, the process works by concentrating intense beams of light into hair follicles; the light is then absorbed by the follicle, which destroys the hair. Ta-da!
Lasers can be used to remove unwanted hair from all over the body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and lots of other areas. It’s an extremely precise treatment – lasers can selectively target hair while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. It’s also incredibly fast, as each laser pulse takes no longer than a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. If you’re treating a small area like the upper lip you may be there less than a minute, although bigger body parts may take up to an hour.
Most people will see permanent hair loss after a maximum of about six-eight sessions.
Don’t forget that laser hair removal is a bit more serious business than just zapping unwanted hair; it’s a medical procedure that requires training to perform, so please check your clinician’s qualifications before you proceed.
If you’re planning on getting laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing and tweezing for around six weeks before you go under the laser. You can of course shave, but no ripping hair out at the root please. It’s also a good idea to avoid getting a tan for a while beforehand, as sun exposure can have an effect on how the laser works.
Don’t worry about it if your hair is a little long by the time your treatment date arrives; your clinician will trim it to a few millimetres in length before they start.