Laser hair removal is one of the most popular laser based aesthetic procedures as it can provide permanent reduction of unwanted hair, which is why people often refer to it as ‘permanent hair removal‘.
There are lots of different types of cosmetic lasers. The ones used for hair removal use the colour that is in your hair to heat up and damage the root enough to stop the hair growing again. If you are considering laser hair removal here is what you need to know.
If you’re very blonde or grey there is not enough hair colour to allow the laser to heat and damage to root and prevent future hair growth.
Every hair on your face and body is in one of three stages. The first stage in the cycle where your hair grows is called the Anagen phase. Only hairs in this growth phase can be treated successfully. Which is why you need an average of 8 treatments at 4 or 5 week intervals to get close to the result you’re looking for.
After 8 -10 treatments most people would be consider the treated area to be hair free, with the only hairs left growing being short fine vellus hairs. But it’s not uncommon for some hairs to regrow and occasional future ‘top up’ treatments being necessary.
We’re not talking about child birth levels of pain, but more like the equivalent of a light flick of an elastic band. Needless to say, some parts of the body can hurt more than others.