Does laser hair removal actually work?

Updated: May 7, 2020

Hair, or no hair? Waxing or shaving? Do it yourself, or see a professional? These are the questions we ask ourselves the second we catch the first glimpses of facial and body hair growth. Just when we thought, the hair removal industry couldn’t cram in anymore into to their market…laser becomes the next, big thing.

Is everyone having laser hair removal?

Does it ACTUALLY remove the hair?

In this blog post I answer the most common questions I’m asked in the treatment room and hopefully give whoever is reading this, a better insight to what laser hair removal is, and what kind of results to expect.

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Did you know? In a UK survey carried out my Statista, it was discovered that almost half of women under 30, remove all their pubic hair down there.

So, what is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal uses the pigment in the hair to attract light down the hair shaft. Once the light reaches the follicle, it converts into heat. The heat destroys the follicle, causing it to reach a state of dormancy for a long time, so that when the hairs do eventually grow back, they are lighter, finer and there are a lot less of them.

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Is it permanent?

A course of laser sessions will successfully give you a permanent hair reduction, not removal. With time, the hair follicles eventually heal and new hairs form, which is why a maintenance course is always advised.

How many laser sessions do I really need?

The average person tends to require 6-9 sessions, every 4-6 weeks to reach a satisfied result. I have found in the five years I have worked with laser hair removal, that treating facial hair, tends to take a little longer to achieve the same result.

Maintenance treatments should follow after the initial course of 6-9 sessions. These ‘top-up’ treatments will have much longer gaps in between appointments, and the amount of time will depend on the strength of the hair growth, per individual. On average, maintenance laser treatments are carried out every 3-9 months.

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When will I see a result?

It takes 7-14 days for the hairs to fall out after treatment, and then you will notice the hairs grow back at a lot slower rate and thickness. I find that the majority of my clients notice a result following the first treatment and tend to be satisfied with their almost-non-existent hair growth from the third treatment.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most modern day laser machines will have a cooling system attached which effectively numbs the skin, so that the sensation you get from the laser is less intense. Generally, when the light hits the skin, its common to feel a warm flick, or mild pin-prick sensation. Some areas like the upper lip, the underarm and the lower part of the leg can feel more intense whereas fleshier areas like the stomach and thighs, are much more tolerable to have treated during laser hair removal.

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Is it safe?

Laser hair removal is completely safe if you follow the instructions of your practitioner/therapist. The main risk that’s associated with having laser treatment is exposure to the sun. The area that is being treated should not be exposed to sun two weeks before, and after the treatment. If you happen to be tanned in the area, you must wait until it the colour subsides (ideally 4-6 weeks) before having treatment again. Another risk is medication – some can be deemed photosensitive and this causes too much risk to treat. Your practitioner will have a list of hazardous medications on hand (unless you find yourself in a dodgy, backstreet salon) and will act accordingly.

Is laser hair removal right for me?

If there hairs are dark, thick and a bother, then yes, laser hair removal is right for you. However if the hairs are blonde or red in colour, give it a miss, as the laser won’t be able to work at all on paler hairs. Are you a sun worshipper? Then having laser probably isn’t right for you because as I said before, you must be tan-free before you can be safely treated.

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To conclude, laser hair removal is a simple and gentler solution to treating hair growth, compared to other methods like waxing and threading. Having laser saves time and money in the long-run, and can even make a huge difference to body confidence. Hopefully I have answered any questions you may have had before reading this. If not, comment below or email me and I will be happy to help. Do you want to learn more about laser hair removal? Find out if the at-home devices, like the No! No! really work here.

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