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A Guide to Laser Hair Removal

15 November 2022 by Omniya Clinic

Shaving, waxing, and plucking are all common ways of removing unwanted hair, despite only being a temporary solution. While methods such as shaving target hair at surface level, laser hair removal targets the hair follicle directly, leaving skin feeling smooth and hairless.

So, how does it work? Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure which uses intense pulsed light (IPL) or lasers to remove unwanted hair. The light source heats and destroys the hair follicle, disrupting hair growth and helping you to achieve flawless skin on a permanent basis. 

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

During the procedure, a laser emits light which is absorbed by the pigment, melanin, in the hair. The light energy is then converted to heat, which damages the follicle, preventing and delaying future hair growth

This virtually pain-free procedure targets numerous hairs in one burst and is also known as ‘selective photothermolysis’. However, electrolysis is not the same as laser hair removal, as electrolysis involves an electric current being directed to each individual hair follicle. 

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last? 

The time it takes for hair to grow back after laser hair removal surgery differs between the face and body. On the body, you will continue to see some hair between treatments – some hairs being regrowth and others being those that haven’t been targeted yet. However, once the course of treatment is completed, you may not see any regrowth for multiple years. 

On the face, laser hair removal is especially effective, with results lasting for up to ten years. However, hormones such as oestrogen and testosterone can affect these results. 

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent? 

Although the procedure helps to reduce the rate of hair growth, it is important to remember that results are not permanent. Whilst results gradually start to show after each course of treatment, a minimum of six sessions is usually recommended to maximise its effectiveness. However, the number of appointments needed varies between clients and the area of concern. 

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt? 

The procedure can cause some discomfort, but the pain caused is considerably less than other forms of hair removal such as waxing. However, it is worth noting that not everyone experiences pain in the same way. Factors such as being dehydrated and having a lack of sleep often make the pain worse. 

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe? 

Laser hair removal is incredibly safe, however as with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to ensure your treatment is carried out by a fully qualified practitioner. 

There are no reported long term health risks associated with laser hair treatment, with the most common side effects being skin irritation and pigment changes. 

What Areas of the Body Can Laser Surgery Be Performed On? 

The procedure can be carried out on multiple areas of the body with the most effective results on the bikini line, lip, chin, and underarm areas. Here at Omniya, we work on a variety of areas of the face and body, covering everything from the eyebrows to the feet. 

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

Say goodbye to shaving as the main advantage of laser hair treatment is permanent hair removal; just think of the lack of ingrown hairs and time saved from no longer having to shave or wax! 

Not only is it great for saving time, but also a considerable amount of money. People frequently view laser hair removal as costly, yet in comparison to the cost of shaving and waxing, there’s a big difference. 

On average, the cost of shaving for a woman over her lifetime is £7000, while waxing amounts to £17000. So, although the upfront cost of laser treatment can be a little daunting, there is a beneficial difference in the long run. 

Is Laser Hair Removal for Me?

Laser hair removal is ideal if you are spending both your time and money on removing unwanted hair every week. Leaving your skin both silky and smooth, the procedure is suitable for all different areas of the face and body.

Here at Omniya, we are one of the only clinics in the UK to use Cynosure IQ, a medical-grade laser which is developed by world leaders in laser technology. To find out more, contact a member of our specialist team today.

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