Two of my friends are both nurses, one trained as a general nurse and one as mental health. As a lot of nurses seem to do now a days they have branched out into aesthetics and one of the procedures they mentioned they do is laser hair removal. Other than it being a longer term hair removal option, I know absolutely nothing about it so as you can imagine, I was full of questions!
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is the deliberate removal of body hair using the technology of laser. Hair generally grows all over the human body, some fine and barely noticeable, with other areas having thicker, more prominent hair.
Laser hair removal uses laser light pulses to selectively destroy hair follicles by targeting the melanin (colour) in them. The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the laser’s light pulse, which damages the follicle enough to significantly slow hair regrowth. The laser delivers an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicle whilst the surrounding tissue remains unaffected.
How often should you have laser hair removal?
This varies from person to person but the minimum number of treatments usually recommended are 8, the higher up the body the denser the hair therefore more number of sessions are required to get up to 90% hair reduction.
How long does laser hair removal last?
This all depends on your skin type, your physiology, medication you take and hormonal changes can make a difference. Pregnancy may bring on unwanted hair growth so don’t be surprised if you see some patches of hair after you’ve had a baby even though you had sessions in your early 20s.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
Treatments can cost anywhere from £65 to about £800 depending on whether you have a single treatment or a bulk package of treatments and where the treatment area is. You usually get a discount for booking bulk treatments upfront.
Is laser removal suitable for everyone?
Laser removal is suitable for both men and women. It can treat all skin types from lighter to darker skin tones.
Does laser removal hurt?
There can be some mild discomfort during laser hair removal treatment but it is often described as having an elastic band pinged against the skin.
The benefits of laser hair removal
Laser hair removal can give you clearer and smoother skin. It obviously banished the need to shave regularly or wax. It can reduce ingrowing hairs and causes less skin irritation than shaving.
Have you had laser hair removal? What did you think of it?