Many of our clients who are considering laser hair removal still feel in the dark about what the treatment actually does to your hair and surrounding skin. Some are worried that a laser treatment could cause harm to the skin, whereas others are simply curious. Whatever your reason for reading, in this blog we’ll be answering the common questions we get asked about laser hair removal and what the process really entails.
What Does Laser Hair Removal Do?
Laser hair removal is a quick, pain-free way of removing stubborn, unwanted hair. A laser beam (made up of precisely controlled pulses of energy) hits the targeted area, and is then absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair. This laser energy then transforms into heat, ‘burning’ the hair right down to the bottom of the root, which safely destroys it.
But what is the real magic behind laser hair removal, and why is it so effective? In short, it’s all about the type of laser used during the treatment. At NYLC, we have a medical-grade Candela laser that we use for all of our treatments, which has its own built-in cooling system for maximum comfort during the process. The unfortunate truth is, not all clinics will use lasers that are of this standard, and will therefore not provide their clients with the best results.
We also understand the importance of targeting the hair during its active growth phase (also referred to as the anagen stage). For this reason, we usually recommend a series of treatments to our clients so that all hairs can be targeted (many will appear at different stages in the growth cycle).
Is Laser Hair Removal Dangerous for My Hair and Skin?
As the laser is essentially burning the hair from your skin during a laser hair removal treatment, it is perfectly normal to question whether this is dangerous. The short answer is no – the laser is a carefully controlled device that has been specifically designed for use on the skin. Its built-in cooling system means that clients will feel very minor discomfort, and our aestheticians always make sure to administer patch tests before initial treatments, as well as each time the laser intensity is increased between sessions.
The surrounding skin is not damaged by laser treatment as the energy is only absorbed by the hair pigment. Following the procedure you may see slight redness, but we will provide aloe vera gel at the clinic to soothe the skin.
Before you begin the laser hair removal process with NYLC, we will invite you to an initial consultation where you can discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the treatment. We can assess your skin type, provide a laser patch test so that you can experience the sensation, and we can also recommend the amount of sessions you may need, as this will likely depend on your skin and hair type. What are you waiting for?
Interested in starting your laser hair removal journey? Book a consultation now and speak to one of our specialists about where you would like to have your treatment. We’ll provide your initial patch test and keep you in the know about our most recent offers.