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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Ladies legs receiving laser hair removal treatment

Many people have unwanted hair on their legs, feet, back, and other parts of their body, but they don’t have to live with this sometimes embarrassing problem.

There are different methods of hair removal, including shaving, waxing, and plucking, but these can’t always be considered the ‘best’ ways to get rid of unwanted hair.

Shaving, for example, can lead to ingrown hairs, especially in the pubic region. Plucking can be painful and this method can sometimes lead to scarring on larger body areas. It can also cause the problems of ingrown hair to occur.

Waxing can be an effective method of hair removal but it’s not suitable for people who use certain types of acne creams. It can also cause burning if care isn’t taken during treatment.

One of the best ways to get rid of unwanted hair is laser hair removal. This is something we can offer you at our beauty salon so if you’re looking for a safe and effective treatment that has long-lasting results, get in touch with us today.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment that uses a concentrated beam of light to target the hair follicles from which unwanted hair grows.

During treatment, the light energy is absorbed by the pigments in the hair and is converted into heat. This heat damages the hair follicles within the skin and inhibits or delays further hair growth.

The term for this procedure is ‘selective photo thermolysis.’ It’s ‘selective’ because it only targets the hair and not the skin.

More information can be found on our laser hair treatment page.

How many treatments will I need?

As hair growth is cyclical, with a rest and growth phase, you will likely need to undergo a course of 3-6 treatments.

This is because the treatment is only effective on hairs in the growth phase so return visits will be needed to target the hair that was previously in the resting phase.

The interval between each treatment will depend on which area of the body has been targeted, as hairs grow back faster in some areas than others. Typically, you will need to wait between 4-8 weeks between each treatment but in areas of slow hair growth, such as on the back, the interval can be as long as 16 weeks.

Is the procedure painful?

The process isn’t particularly painful so you should experience very little discomfort during treatment. Numbing cream can be applied to areas of the skin that are particularly sensitive but the laser machine we use is designed to reduce feelings of pain so you might not need any anaesthetic.

You can learn more about the machine we use

What precautions should I take after each course of treatment?

To ensure your treatments reach their full potential, you should avoid plucking or waxing any hair that grows on the areas that have been treated. You should also:

  • Avoid a hot bath or steam room for at least 48 hours after treatment

  • Avoid direct sunlight for 2-4 weeks after treatment

  • Avoid the use of deodorants and excessive exercise to avoid skin irritation

We will discuss aftercare with you when you book an appointment with us and will go into further detail about the process of laser hair treatment before you begin the first procedure.

If you have unwanted hair and you’re interested in laser hair treatment, get in touch with us today to book a consultation Today!



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