What you need to know about laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular procedure for those who are looking for a more long-term solution for hair removal.

But what exactly is laser hair removal, how does it work and is it a safe procedure?

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal uses a handheld device which targets the hair follicles to prevent them from growing.

Centre for Surgery uses Fotona‘s Nd:YAG laser system which includes FRAC3 technology. This type of laser wavelength targets the follicle while leaving the skin and surrounding skin unharmed. The hair follicle absorbs the intense pulsed light from the laser and stops growing.

How long a hair removal session takes will vary depending on where on the body you are having the hair removed from. The face or underarm may take around 5 to 15 minutes. Bikini lines and half-legs may take around 30 minutes. Full legs or the full back can take around 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.

Fotona’s laser hair removal system works on all skin colours and hair types.

There are numerous factors which will influence how long the laser hair removal will last for. This includes whether or not the hair follicle was completely destroyed or if it was damaged. Hair may grow back if the follicle was only damaged. However, the hair which grows back may often be lighter or shorter and therefore less noticeable.

If you notice you have hair which is growing back after the initial session, you may wish to have an additional session to target any stray hairs. However, if the stray hairs are deemed too light or too short, laser hair removal may not be a suitable option.

Is laser hair removal safe?

You may be hesitant to undergo laser hair removal because it is deemed unsafe or painful. Fortunately, this is not the case with Fotona’s handheld lasers.

Fotona’s laser hair removal is considered a safe method to remove body hair.

You will not be administered any anaesthetic before undergoing the procedure. Topical cream or a cool air spray may be applied to the area to help comfort levels.

You may experience a minor level of discomfort when the laser is being applied to the skin.

To make sure the procedure is safe, you should always go to a qualified practitioner.

What will happen afterwards?

After having a laser hair removal session, you may notice that your skin appears red and slightly swollen. It may also feel slightly tender; the sensation will be similar to when you have a mild sunburn. You may wish to apply ice to the treatment area to help minimise symptoms. The redness should last around 24 hours. During this time period, you may notice your skin feels warm and it may also feel itchy.

To achieve the best results, you will be advised to avoid excess heat and sun exposure for at least one week. When you go outside, you will need to cover your skin with clothing or apply sunscreen.

Your surgeon will give you post-care instructions which you will be advised to follow. This includes avoiding any scrubs and creams for at least two days. Fake tans and chemical skin peels will have to be avoided for at least two weeks.

Are you interested in laser hair removal? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us today to find out more details or to book a consultation. 

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