It’s always important to thoroughly research a treatment before you undergo it, Laser Hair Removal is no different. This kind of research can take a while which is why we’ve decided to do the hard work for you!
In this blog post, we’re going to outline the key information you need to be aware of before you go for laser hair removal at our Bristol clinic.
The main questions we’re going to answer are:
- How does laser hair removal work?
- What are the areas that laser hair removal can treat?
- How many laser hair removal treatments do you need?
- How long does the laser hair removal treatment take?
- What precautions should I take before undergoing laser hair removal?
- What should I expect after laser hair removal treatment?
Let’s get into it!
How does laser hair removal work?
The treatment we use is the Soprano ICE laser hair removal which works by incorporating multiple laser wavelengths and technologies.
We’ll briefly touch on the technology before we explain how laser hair removal surgery works.
The technology was launched in the UK in 2012 and its main feature is its revolutionary cooling system. This cooling system reduces pain and any possible burns you might receive from other laser hair removal treatments.
It also uses Super Hair Removal (SHR) technology which makes the experience less uncomfortable and smoother for the patient.
The applicator used is lighter than in previous models, without compromising on performance or safety, and has a cooling pump built into it.
Enough of the technical jargon, now it’s time to explain how it works!
The Soprano ICE laser hair removal system gradually heats the skin to the temperature needed to damage the hair follicle and prevent its regrowth. The follicle is damaged by targeting the pigmentation, also known as melanin, which absorbs the light of the laser.
The gradual heating is accomplished with a high-frequency laser, in short pulses, directed into the follicle. This is where the cooling system comes in as it cools the skin on contact, preventing minor burns and reducing the pain of more traditional hair removal treatments.
This type of treatment works well on lighter hair and people with tanned skin, something that wasn’t possible prior to this new technology.
Make sure you have this treatment under the supervision of a professional. We offer a professionally supervised laser hair removal procedure in Bristol.
You can also get a preview of what to expect from the laser hair removal procedures we offer in our Bristol clinic, over on our Instagram page.
Now that you have an idea of how the surgery works, the process of getting laser hair removal should feel less daunting.
What are the areas that laser hair removal can treat?
It’s completely down to you what hair you want to remove as our laser hair removal in Bristol works on any part of the body and face.
People grow hair in all sorts of places, it’s completely dependant on the individual. Some men grow dense forests on their backs, some women have a light moustache.
Here are some of the primary areas people tend to remove hair from:
The one place laser removal surgery might not be ideal is the eyebrows. This is because eyebrow trends change over time and you might not want your eyebrows to be lasered into a shape you’ll later regret.
It’s like having a tattoo, you want to make sure the laser hair removal treatment is in the places you don’t want to have hair for the foreseeable future.
The best thing about using laser surgery is that it means you don’t have to shave the hair off your body every week, saving you on time.
It also saves you money on razors, waxing strips, elliptical machines and any other disposable hair removal products you’re currently using.
The surgery will cost more in the short term but will keep your hair away in the long term. However, to achieve this you have to go back to the clinic for follow up treatments, which leads us nicely into our next question.
How many treatments do you need?
It takes two or three weeks after your first treatment to see any visible change in the amount of hair you’ve targeted.
The laser hair removal then takes 8 -12 treatments to completely remove all the hair you want to get rid of. This sounds like a lot but it’s absolutely necessary if you want to make sure the follicle doesn’t grow any more hair.
Laser hair removal normally takes two treatments, or eight weeks, to start seeing results.
You have to be really regular with your appointments because your hair follicles are all at different phases of their growth.
Therefore, you want to make sure each hair has a chance to be treated by laser hair removal technology to ensure its works to its full capacity.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of the laser hair removal treatment depends on the treated area.
For example, a full-face appointment takes around 20 minutes, full- leg and bikini take around an hour, underarms take around 10 minutes, etc.
The best way to find out the length of time is to speak to one of our consultants.
The time it takes to perform these treatments doesn’t matter too much as they all take less than an hour and time flies when you are undergoing laser hair removal treatment.
What precautions should I take before undergoing laser hair removal?
These are the main precautions you should take before undergoing laser hair removal:
- Get a patch test
At least 24 hours before your first treatment, you need to make sure you book a patch test to determine a safe and effective laser setting for your skin and hair type.
- Stop plucking and waxing
As we mentioned earlier, laser hair removal targets the roots of the hair. This means that plucking or waxing the hair before you go for an appointment will render the treatment useless. Shaving is okay as it leaves the hair inside the root intact.
- Shave the area
Not only is shaving the only hair removal you’re allowed to do before you get lasered, it’s actually recommended. This is because it severely decreases the chance of burns with the hair being below the skin’s surface.
- Avoid bleaching
I mentioned earlier that the new ICE technology makes it easier to target light hairs, but it’s still better to have darker hair. Bleached hair alters the pigment of your hair and makes it more difficult to target.
Bleaching should be stopped six weeks before your laser removal treatment to give your hair roots time to grow back to their natural colour.
- Check your medication
It’s important to let your laser professional know what medications you’re taking because some of them can intervene with your laser hair removal treatment. These interventions can make the treatment less effective and make your skin more sensitive and likely to burn.
The primary medications you should mention during your consultation at our laser hair removal in Bristol are antibiotics, birth control, acne and photo-sensitising medications.
- Remove make-up or creams
The ingredients in some beauty products affect the result of laser hair removal treatment. The primary list includes deodorant, lotions, ointments and make-up. Use soap and water to remove these beauty products from the skin. If make-up remover is used, make sure to wash the area with soap and water afterwards.
What should I expect after the treatment?
There are several results you will notice after you’ve undergone laser hair removal. I’ll explain the three most common results so you know what to expect.
- Red or itchy skin
Following laser hair removal, you may experience some immediate redness of the treated area for up to 24 hours. You might also experience residual itchiness, which people often compare to the feeling of razor burn.
Cool compresses and moisturisers can help reduce the level of redness and itchiness on your skin once you’ve undergone laser hair removal. If you’ve had your face treated, you can wear makeup to cover up the redness, unless your skin is blistering in which case see your local GP.
We that you wear a 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight. We also recommend you limit exposure to very hot showers, saunas, Jacuzzis and swimming pools in order to avoid infection.
Shedding of treated hair may occur up to 14 days after the treatment, which is nothing to worry about as it’s just the follicles shedding hairs that were in the growth phase of their cycle. This shedding phase can look similar to blackheads or stubble, and exfoliating the affected areas can help the hairs shed more easily.
The laser hair removal doesn’t kill the hair follicles, it only disables the hairs that were in their growth phase. This means hairs will start to grow back as the follicles start to “wake up.” The best way to mitigate this growth between appointments is to shave re-growing hair.
You want to avoid plucking, tweezing or waxing new hair growth. This is because you want your hairs to be in their follicles for the laser to work on them at your next appointment.
If you’re not a fan of shaving, you can also use a chemical such as Nair as long as you don’t use it two days before your appointment.
In the post, we’ve answered the six main questions people have before they undergo laser hair removal.
We’ve covered how the treatment works, the parts of the body you can use it on, how many treatments it takes, how long the actual procedure takes, precautions to take beforehand and what to expect once you’ve undergone the treatment.
This advanced laser hair removal treatment will give you the most comfortable and pain-free procedure, long-lasting results of smooth and beautiful skin.
If you have any questions about laser hair treatment, contact our Bristol clinic. Our experienced team of doctors and nurses will answer any questions that you may have before booking an appointment.
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