About Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal (LHR) is an effective way to remove unwanted hair with much higher chance of it not coming back.
It removes your excess or unwanted hair by shaving, waxing, tweezing but if you’re not happy with it, LHR may be an option.
LHR beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorb the light and this destroys the hair. We believe that lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini area and other areas.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Benefits of LHR include precision, speed and predictability. Laser can selectively target dark course hairs while leaving surrounding skin undamaged. Each pulse of laser takes a fraction of a second and can target multiple hairs at the same time. Small areas such as the upper lip or eyebrows can take less than two minutes to treat, larger areas such as legs can take 45 minutes to an hour.
If there are no underlying medical conditions that is affecting your hair growth, some patients report permanent hair loss after only 6 sessions.
We generally advise LHR every four to six weeks for best results. Your practitioner will assess your hair growth and give you the best advice. The reason you would need to wait four to six weeks between laser hair removal sessions is because of the hair growth cycle.
Your hair grows in different cycles and for best results you need to treat the hair while it is in the anagen phase. This is the only phase where laser hair removal is effective.
Only 20% of hair is actively growing during an anagen growth phase. This is why multiple treatments are necessary for laser hair removal to be effective and to ensure you achieve long term results.
How Does LHR Work?
Many patients always want to know how the laser machine works. The laser machine at Omniya Clinic is attracted to the colour of the hair – the pigment or melanin present in the hair. This is why laser is not effective on patients with grey hair or red hair.
If you have an excess amount of melanin in your skin after being in the sun, laser hair removal can be very dangerous. Treating a patient with an active tan can result in unwanted burns which can lead to scarring and pigmentation. Our team are highly trained and experienced, and fully aware of the dangers associated with treating tanned skin.
What you need to know about your LHR treatment
You should ideally avoid the sun for six weeks before you start doing laser hair removal. You must let your treating practitioner at Omniya Clinic know if you are going to be exposed to the sun, . They may need to do a test patch on your return and once the tan has faded. This being said, we are still able to treat all skin types, from type one to type six. The laser hair removal machine at Omniya Clinic has settings which we can adjust to ensure best results for each patient.
LHR is a medical procedure that requires training to perform. Before getting laser hair removal, thoroughly check the credentials of the technician performing the procedure. Take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have before and ensure you are comfortable.
If you are going to be having laser hair removal, ensure there is hair in the area you wish to treat. Your practitioner at Omniya Clinic will assess your hair to ensure the right settings will be used to treat you.
They will carry out a test patch, and after 48 hours you should be ready for your first session.
You should avoid plucking, waxing and electrolysis for six weeks before laser hair removal as well as stay away from hair bleaching.
We will trim your hair down to a few millimetres above the skin surface before your treatment. After six to twelve sessions you may require maintenance.
Who Performs LHR at Omniya Clinic in London?
For more information on the team performing LHR at Omniya Clinic, meet the team here.