Laser Hair Removal continues to be one of the most popular treatments for removing hair. It’s definitely grown in popularity over the last few years, as it comes with a huge number of benefits. You’ll be able to save money as you won’t need any more monthly wax appointments. The laser also completely destroys the hair follicle, so no more painful in-grown hairs, not to mention there is no maintenance once you’ve had laser hair removal! That’s right, you don’t need to do anything, the hair just stops growing!
However, if you’re someone that doesn’t know too much about Laser, it can be something that sounds very technical and needs some researching before you dive straight into treatment. So, we’re here to fill you in with all the details on laser, what to expect during your treatment and where you should think about having your treatment done!
There are a few things you need to consider before having your laser treatment done. Firstly, choosing your area. The most popular areas to be treated tend to be the legs, bikini area, and the armpits, however, you can have laser on your whole body.
See below for all the different areas you can choose from – each number is a separate area, which ranges from your upper and lower face, all the way down to the lower leg.
There are a few additional things to ensure you do before your treatment. Your skin must be its natural colour, so, therefore, you are unable to fake tan, expose your skin to the sun nor use sunbeds before, during or after each treatment for at least 4-6 weeks before each one. This is because your skins’ pigment and melanin levels change when exposed to the sun, which will have an effect on the settings of the laser. Using the wrong settings can lead to burning in the worst-case scenario, so it’s essential that you take the necessary pre-treatment advice!
Before the treatment, you need to ensure your skin is prepared. When deciding to go ahead with laser, you must ensure that the only way your hair is removed beforehand, is through shaving. No waxing, epilating or plucking! Shave the area that is being treated at least 24 hours before and ensure your skin is free of fake tan, nor been exposed to the sun in the last few weeks. To your appointment, wear loose fitted clothing and don’t apply any creams before your appointment.
With our laser hair removal machines, you can treat any skin type as long as the hair is darker than your skin tone. If your hair isn’t suitable, this will be discussed with you at the patch test consultation. We have a great video testimonial from one of our clients with darker skin, over on our laser page, here.
A lot of people ask whether laser hurts. At Simply, we use Lumenis Lightsheer Duet & Infinity systems which are the gold standard in laser hair removal. The machines have suction technology, which works by drawing the skin into the vacuumed laser handpiece, stretching the skin and bringing it closer to the source of laser energy. The pain is minimised as the handpiece also features a chill tip, which cools the skin before and during the treatment. We also use ice packs to numb the skin before we start, therefore pain is reduced during treatment.
Make sure you don’t put creams or tight clothes on straight after treatment, leaving air to get to the treated area. Some hydrating creams can be used, however, so check with your therapist which ones are suitable. You will also need to avoid hot showers, heat or exercise for at least 48 hours after your appointment. Depending on where you have your laser, you may have to avoid having your usual facial treatments such as microneedling or microdermabrasion. This will all be discussed with your therapist during your treatment.
It’s very important to make sure you follow all the right procedures in between your laser appointments! When you’re having treatment, you are able to remove your hair as much as you want, however it must be by shaving only. Once again, make sure you avoid exposing your skin to the sun, fake tanning, or sun beds at least 4 weeks before each appointment.
Your appointments will be spaced out every 4-6 weeks, giving your hair follicle the chance to grow back, to then later be destroyed again by the laser treatment. If you’re wondering when you’ll be able to see results, well this is one treatment where you can see a noticeable difference from the very first session – you will be able to see a reduction in hair growth as well as the thickness of the hair.
The number of sessions you need will vary depending on your hair, as some grows faster and thicker than others. Your therapist will be able to give you a rough indication of this at your patch test appointment.
With the above information, we hope we’ve convinced you that laser hair removal is one of the best options for permanent hair removal!
If you’re looking to get started on your hair removal journey, you can receive one area of laser hair removal completely free, after purchasing two other areas. All you have to do is sign up to our newsletter here and follow the simple steps!