Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Laser hair removal involves the use of an intense pulsed light (IPL) to remove unwanted body hair from regions such as the bikini line, underarms, face, legs and arms.
This can be helpful for both men and women who have excessive hair growth. Removing the body hair can be a great way to boost your confidence and self-image.
At Centre for Surgery, laser hair removal is performed using Fotona’s Nd:YAG FRAC3 method. This targets and destroys the hair follicle, preventing hair from growing, while also leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected.
There are many benefits to undergoing laser hair removal, including:
Laser hair removal is suitable for both men and women over the age of 18 who wish to remove hair from certain areas of the body.
Unlike other laser treatments, this laser hair removal method can be effectively used on all skin types and hair colours, including dark skin and light hair.
You will attend a consultation with one of the surgeons prior to undergoing treatment. The surgeon will ask you about any medications you are currently taking. They will also be able to assess whether you are suitable for this procedure.
Prior to undergoing laser hair removal, it is recommended that you shave the treatment area the day before the procedure. You should also ensure you do not use any lotions, creams or perfumes on the treatment area. You should also avoid using any fake tans or steroid cream. This will help you to achieve the best results.
At Centre for Surgery, laser hair removal is done by using Fotona’s Nd:YAG laser. This is a non-invasive hand-held device which is held up to the skin. The laser energy is absorbed by the hair matrix and hair follicle. The laser will be applied to the whole treatment area in order to stop the follicle’s producing new hair.
You may experience some level of pain when the lasers are being applied. While a local anaesthetic isn’t necessary, the surgeon may apply a cool gel or cooling air spray to the treatment area.
How long each treatment takes will vary depending on the size of the area being treated. Small areas, such as the underarms or face, will take around 5 to 15 minutes to complete. Half-legs and bikini line will take around 30 minutes. Large areas such as full legs or the full back will take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
You may need to undertake numerous treatments before you can achieve the desired results. The number of treatments will depend on how well you respond, your skin type, hair type and the size of the area being treated.
Following the procedure, you may notice some redness and swelling on the treatment area. You may wish to apply an ice pack to help reduce any swelling and redness. This may last up to 24 hours. During this period you may also experience a warm sensation, as well as itching.
After treatment, you will need to avoid any excess sun exposure for at least one week. This includes any tanning beds. When you are outside, you will need to apply sunscreen to the treated area. You will also need to avoid any excess heat, so make sure to avoid the gym or any saunas for 24 hours.
You will need to continue avoiding any scrubs or creams you could not use before the laser treatment. You can resume using these after two days. You will have to wait between one to two weeks until you can fake tan again. You should also avoid chemical skin peels for two weeks.
Between treatments, make sure you do not pluck, dye or wax the hair. To remain completely hairless, make sure you only shave the hair.
This will depend on which area of the body you are having treated. Laser hair removal can take anywhere between 5 minutes to 1.5 hours.
This will vary depending on which area of the body you are having treated, your skin type, your hair colour and how well you respond to initial treatments.
You may feel some slight discomfort throughout the hair removal process. Cooling gel or cooling air spray may be applied to help minimise any discomfort.
This is a non-surgical procedure, so there will be a relatively short recovery period.
For the first 24 hours, you may notice redness and swelling, as well as a warm sensation and itching. You may wish to apply ice to the treated area to help reduce symptoms.
You should avoid excess sun and heat exposure for the first 24 hours. This includes tanning beds, saunas and the gym.
Avoid using fake tans and applying chemical skin peels for two weeks following treatment.