(Last Updated On: 22nd October 2021)

You’ve recently discovered the science of laser hair removal, but have qualms about its safety.

 

Will laser hair removal affect your skin? Does it hurt? Will it cost you an arm and a leg?

 

Find out how we prioritise health and satisfaction at Calveo.

 

HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?

 

Laser hair removal incorporates light-based energy to target follicles under the skin and reduce growth. Contrary to its title, laser hair removal reduces the amount of hair treated in any given area.  Over a series of treatments, you reduce the appearance of hair by 80%.

 

DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK ON ALL SKIN TONES?

 

Whether dark-skinned or of a fair complexion, laser hair removal will work the same way. However, your dermatologist may employ different lasers to maximise results.

 

For instance, the Alexandrite laser, the fastest among every type, works best in larger areas for individuals with light-to-olive complexions. Nd:YAG lasers are safe for use on all skin types, including tanned skin.

 

The industrial gold standard remains the LightSheer DUET High-Speed Laser, which works on every skin tone, but also reduces razor burns, pigmentation, sun damage, and superficial veins.

 

However, it pays to note that laser hair removal isn’t as useful for blonde or white hair, as they lack pigment within the hair bulb.

 

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL EFFECTIVE AFTER ONE SESSION?

 

Achieving the best results means visiting your dermatologist over multiple sessions. Remember, hair grows in cycles—not all at once. Most individuals will notice results within three to five sessions over four to eight weeks apart.

 

At Calveo, we consider individual responses to treatment and understand that not every patient will take to laser hair removal processes as well as others.

 

WHAT SAFETY MEASURES DO YOU NEED TO TAKE?

 

As with any light-based procedure, we prevent injury to the eyes by providing the appropriate goggles. With goggles, we help protect against laser plume, which is smoke, vapour, and microscopic dust particles that tend to irritate the airways.

 

We also provide surgical masks during the procedure to minimise any potential reactions.

 

HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE FOR A LASER REMOVAL SESSION?

 

Before your appointment, avoid removing your hair from the root through procedures like waxing, plucking, or threading. Instead, shave your hair the day before to allow the laser to focus on your roots without having to deal with excess length.

 

Do so without active ingredients, including salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids, at least five days before your procedure. Note any medications that may be photosensitive.

 

Always wait a few weeks to get laser treatment if you spray-tan regularly, and the excess pigment on your skin can impact the session’s outcome.

 

DOES LASER TREATMENT HURT?

 

Lasers typically feel like a hot rubber band snapping against the skin. However, the pain is tolerable and countered with a topical anaesthetic. 

 

DON’T FORGET AFTERCARE

 

After your session, you’re likely to experience redness, swelling, and bumpiness in and around the treated area, which should subside within 24 hours. You can quickly return to daily activities as soon as you leave the laser studio.

 

Protect the sun-sensitive area with SPF on treated spots, and avoid applying fragrant lotions or self-tanners for at least 72 hours.

 

OUR CONCLUSION

 

Where you seek laser treatment matters, and at Calveo, all staff are highly trained by the laser manufacturer and familiar with advanced equipment and machinery. Here at Calveo Oakham, we also work closely with Rutland Aesthetics, headed by the leading skin expert Dr Sunny Dhesi, so you can be assured we take your skin’s health seriously.

 

Our advanced laser technology can cater to full-body treatments from your sideburns to your legs! Book an appointment, and you’ll no longer have to worry about last-minute shaving ever again!

Lorna