If you’re sick and tired of shaving, plucking, waxing drama you have to go through every time you want to be hairless then laser hair removal is the right choice for you.
The price tag may make you pause in your tracks for a moment, but considering the total cost you would spend on razors and wax strips over your lifetime added alongside the time you spend at wax appointments or shaving all over your body and then having to deal with ingrown hairs and irritating razor bumps, it works out to be a great investment of money in the long run and much more convenient to go for laser hair removal instead!
So, fully set on getting laser hair removal done and need to get all clued up on how it works?
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting the dark pigment called melanin that is in your hair follicles. The melanin absorbs the light and is essentially destroyed by the pulse of light.
During the procedure, you will wear specially designed goggles to protect your eyes from the laser rays.
Eleonora Androva, CEO and lead practitioner at Dermacure explains “The best thing about this type of targeted treatment is that it doesn’t damage any of the surrounding cells. This makes it an ideal choice for those who need long-lasting hair removal without experiencing the long-lasting side effects that can sometimes accompany it.”.
To prepare for your laser hair removal session, you will have to make sure your skin is clean and without any traces of makeup and shave the area where you are getting lasered. If you don’t remove all hair from the skin, then the laser will only singe the hair off than targeting the hair follicle to get to the root of the problem (no pun intended!)
You can’t head to the gym after – you have to avoid hot showers, saunas and working up a sweat at the gym
The heat from the hot shower will draw more blood to your skin’s surface which will make the swelling that occurs after your laser session worse and possibly causes skin irritation.
After a few hours, you can resume hot showers, saunas and exercising. During your showers, make sure you don’t rub your skin as it will cause chafing. Also, use a good moisturiser to keep your skin healthy and avoid using harsh soaps on your skin that could further irritate your skin pores and hair follicles.
It takes a few sessions to see results depending on where you get lasered
Don’t expect to see silky smooth skin after the first session, it usually takes about 8 weeks or two treatment sessions.
For the areas of your body where you have coarser, darker hair like your underarms, legs and bikini area – you will notice results in a few sessions. However, areas with finer hair, like your face – will require more sessions to see a noticeable change.
You can now have laser treatments if you have darker skin
In the past, laser hair removal was not possible to perform on those with darker complexions. The reason for this was that the skin contained more melanin so the upper layer of the skin would absorb most of the laser resulting in burning.
However, at Dermacure clinic we can perform laser removal on all ethnicities.
Eleonora says “Dermacure is probably one of the only clinics where we use 2 lasers for hair removal, the Soprano Ice Platinum and Candela Laser.
Most of the clinics tend to only use one laser. We are combining the 2 lasers and design a bespoke treatment for each client. With the Soprano Ice Platinum, it is pain-free laser, you can also use it on tanned skin, so the sun isn’t the issue and clients can go on holiday straight after the treatment. This isn’t possible with any other brands.
At the very beginning, we use the Soprano which is a very comfortable and relaxing treatment for the client. The Soprano can be used on all skin types such as Afro-Carribean skin which in the past wasn’t possible.
With the Candela laser, we can only do laser hair removal skin types 1- 4 (according to the Fitzpatrick scale) which are fairer skin tones to olive, tanned skin tones.
Both lasers are FDA approved, which means they are proven to be not only safe to use on people but they also give amazing results.”
The approximate time duration of the treatment is from 20 minutes to an hour. Areas like your underarms will take a short amount of time in comparison to areas like your back and legs which would take longer.
Laser hair removal is not considered to be very painful and the minimal pain likens to the feeling of a hot rubber band mildly snapping against your skin.
What you should expect afterwards
After each session, your skin will appear red with a raised rash that you can expect to last from a few hours to a few days.
You can alleviate any discomfort by holding an ice pack to the area to soothe the skin. It’s also recommended to apply sunscreen (of a minimum SPF30) for at least four weeks to prevent any sun damage to the skin.
Every customer that comes into Dermacure clinic is made to feel well looked after and comfortable whilst receiving the best quality treatment. Here is what our customers had to say;
Laura Knight said “I have had my full body laser done here and i am very happy with the results. I would recommend the clinic and Elly who is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable.”
Valentin Ivanov “Very happy with the clinic’s service. I am doing my full back and shoulders hair removal. They use the most advanced lasers and it is pain-free. I am really sensitive and this works great for me. The results are amazing. I am about to do my 6th session. I recommend the clinic”
The results you gain from laser hair removal will not fail to leave a smile on your face as you admire your silky smooth skin without having to go through the annoyance of using razors and waxing strips.
To book your first consultation, fill out our enquiry form here or call us on 0207 935 3405.