Laser Hair Removal

As you may be aware, the cost of frequent shaving, waxing and depilatory creams can really add up over the years. Sometimes it can be difficult to fit these methods in if you’ve got an extremely hectic schedule to contend with. If you feel as though there are not enough hours in the week to keep up with with hair elimination, perhaps it’s time to invest in a longer-lasting solution. Let’s take a look at the benefits of laser hair removal. By the time you’ve finished reading, you might be tempted to bid farewell to short-term hair removal!


How Does it Work?

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that uses a highly concentrated beam of light to penetrate the hair follicle and dissolve it directly from the root. The laser is delivered, via a hand-piece, to the surface of the skin where it targets hair. [1]  The sensation is similar to the snap of a rubber band. Before the treatment, the beautician will protect your skin with a gel or cooling device in order to prevent skin from overheating. [2],[3]

Once the session is complete, you may be given steroid cream or ice packs to reduce any swelling and redness of the skin. [4] It can take between 4-6 treatments spaced around six weeks apart for the benefits to become obvious. Touch-ups are required every few months to keep regrowth at bay. [5] It’s important to limit plucking, waxing and shaving as much as possible for at least six weeks before treatment in order to give hair time to grow. [6]


Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Regrowth after laser hair removal tends to be much less obvious than other methods, as the hair is often softer and lighter in color once it returns. [7] Treatment tends to be extremely quick as each pulse of light takes just a split second to dissolve hair. Because the laser is so precise, tackling a single hair at a time, it’s effective in treating smaller areas such as the underarm and upper lip. [8]

There is virtually no post-treatment resting period which means that you can return to work straight after a session. Your technician can also tailor a laser treatment according to your skin tone, hair color and the area of unwanted hair on the body. [9]

Laser light uses precise wavelengths required to treat each hair which means that lasers usually eliminate hair the first time around. Technicians can treat multiple hairs simultaneously making it one of the quickest methods of hair removal available. Laser hair removal is suitable for anyone with darker, thicker hair with a lighter skin tone. The laser is attracted to dark pigment and doesn’t damage surrounding tissue. [10]


The IPL Alternative

Intense Pulsed Light Technology is a great alternative to laser hair removal. Similar to laser treatment, IPL is a non-invasive hair-reduction approach that uses heated pulses of light to focus on hair to dissolve it.[11] If you’d rather carry out some salon-style hair reduction from the comfort of your own home, then the Veet® Infini’Silk™ Pro IPL hair reduction device may be just what you’re looking for. It gives you professional-looking IPL hair reduction results at a fraction of the price of salon treatments.

Whether you opt for laser hair treatment, or even try out IPL at home, it’s great to know that there are long-term hair removal options out there. But if you are keen to treat yourself to a trip to the salon, then laser hair removal or IPL might be the choice for you. You could even fit a session into your lunch break! So if you're looking to ditch the razor and for long-lasting results, you may want to book an appointment soon.