Ultimate Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Getting tired of traditional hair removal methods like tweezing, waxing or shaving? You’re not alone. Traditional methods can be time-consuming, and often feels like you’re not getting results that last. Luckily, Laser Hair Removal treatment can provide the ultimate solution to unwanted hair, saving you time and money while also providing unmatched results.

Advancements in laser technology have made laser hair removal more popular than ever before, making it the go-to option for many people worldwide. Not only is it safer and more reliable than ever, but this incredible treatment also offers silky-smooth skin for all skin types.

In this blog, the treatment specialists at our clinic in Essex will highlight everything you need to know about laser hair removal, including everything from how it works, to safety, what to expect from the treatment, results, benefits and cost. If you still have questions about this treatment that aren’t included below, contact our friendly team, who will be able to provide an expert opinion and advise on your request.

Ultimate Guide to Laser Hair Removal

The Treatment

What is Laser Hair Removal and how does it work?

Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic treatment that uses intense, concentrated lasers to destroy the hair at its follicle. Unlike traditional methods that only really tackle hair at the surface level, the heat and light energy from the laser penetrates deep into the follicle, destroying it at its root. This then inhibits future growth, taking longer for the hair to repair and grow back, allowing for longer-lasting and more thorough results.

The hair removal procedure itself is very straightforward. You will lie on a treatment bed and make yourself comfortable. As a safety measure, you’ll be asked to wear some protective eyewear, which the practitioner will also wear.

A thin layer of transparent, cold gel (similar to that used in ultrasound) is applied to the area so that the laser is able to move over the area with ease. The laser practitioner will then run the laser head in a sweeping motion over the area 6 to 12 times like a paintbrush. It fires tiny bursts of energy ten times a second, slowly and gently heating the hair follicles. You will feel the area warming slightly whilst the patented DualChill treatment tip keeps your skin cool and comfortable.

The result is efficient hair removal whilst keeping your skin healthy and protected.

What is the best laser to have this treatment with?

At our clinic in Essex, we use the revolutionary Alma Soprano Titanium™ to deliver the next generation of laser hair removal. It’s an effective and permanent hair reduction solution that is simple and easy.

It combines cutting-edge medical laser technology with the comfort and convenience of a trip to the spa. Soprano Titanium uses new breakthrough technology that has been described as one of the most comfortable laser hair removal options available.

We recommend this particular laser treatment to anyone who wants unmatched results, comfort and safety. The Soprano Titanium is truly the industry-leading device for this treatment.

What does the laser feel like?

This treatment uses the most comfortable laser on the market due to its revolutionary cooling technology used within the device. Most patients experience a comfortable warming sensation during treatment, similar to a hot stone massage. Patients may experience mild discomfort in sensitive areas.

Which areas can I have laser hair removal?

This treatment is available anywhere on the body where unwanted hair might grow. Some of the most common areas where laser hair removal is performed include the face, arms, legs, and body. We also offer a full-body laser hair removal service, which can be perfect preparation for a summer holiday or big event.

How can I achieve best results from my treatment?

Following your treatment, you should expect a 50 to 80% (or better) reduction in unwanted hair. Hair is natural to your body, and it grows in stages. At any given time, not all hairs are growing, and lasers are most effective at targeting the growing hairs.

In practice, no laser destroys all of the hair follicles. Some follicles are destroyed, while others are reduced to fine hairs or shocked into prolonged dormancy. Multiple treatments will provide the best results.

How long does laser hair removal take?

Treatment time will vary depending on the person and the area being treated. This procedure can be as quick as ten minutes for certain treatments, however, we would suggest allowing for up to an hour in total. Perfect for those with a busy schedule, the treatment can be completed in a lunch time.

We advise around 6 to 8 treatment sessions for a permanent reduction in hair growth. Facial hair tends to be more stubborn and may need 10 to 12 treatment sessions. A slight break is recommended in between treatments to avoid unneeded procedures. The required break is usually 4 to 6 weeks for facial areas, and 6 to 8 weeks for body areas.

This treatment may take longer depending on various factors such as hair location, hair thickness and certain skin types and hair colour.

Treatment Safety

Is laser hair removal safe?

You’ll be pleased to know that this treatment is extremely safe to perform, with an exceptionally low risk of complication.

Not only is it safe, but it is also suitable for all skin types when using the Soprano Titanium.

Are there any side effects?

Following a Soprano Titanium treatment, patients may experience light skin sensitivity akin to sunburn and some redness. This usually clears up in 1 to 3 days.

The treatment will destroy hair simultaneously at different depths within the hair follicle, however, it may not fall out right away. With gentle exfoliation, your hair will shed naturally in 2 to 3 weeks post-treatment.

Is there any downtime for this treatment?

One of the main benefits of this treatment is that there is no downtime associated with the Soprano Titanium. You can return to your daily activities the moment you leave the clinic.

Treatment Results

When can I expect to see results?

Whilst the Soprano Titanium laser destroys hair simultaneously at different depths within the hair follicle, it may not always fall out instantly. Treated hair can be slow to expel, but you can encourage quicker results with gentle exfoliation. The hair will shed naturally in two to three weeks after the smooth and hair-free skin treatment.

How can I maintain my results?

Shaving is the preferred method of removing hairs before and in between treatments. You must refrain from waxing or plucking the hairs as these methods will remove hairs at their root level, causing the active hairs not to be present for the laser to act on them, making the treatment ineffective.

After the full course of treatment, you will enjoy smoother and hairless skin in the desired location. It is recommended to follow all aftercare advice and attend follow-up appointments as hair begins to grow back.

Treatment Benefits

What are the benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

One of the major reasons for laser hair removal’s rise in popularity has been its broad range of benefits. Some of the benefits of laser hair removal include:

  • Quick treatment time, with fast-acting results.
  • Hair removal results that traditional methods cannot compete with.
  • Pain-free and comfortable treatment
  • Option for permanent results
  • Safe and reliable results
  • Suitable for all skin types

How much does laser hair removal cost?

The cost of laser hair removal depends on the area being treated, however you can expect your treatment to cost between £36 for a small area, to £500-800 for full body hair removal.

Book a Laser Hair Removal treatment with an aesthetic treatment specialist in Essex

Overall, laser hair removal is a no-brainer for those looking for the best hair removal results. After one treatment, you will truly feel the difference and understand that traditional methods can’t provide.

We hope the information above helped you on your journey to silky smooth skin! If you still have questions about this treatment or any other, please get in touch with our friendly team.

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