As women, hair removal can be quite time consuming and even painful! This post looks at laser hair removal so that you have all of the information you need should you wish to use this option. Please note that this is a collaborative post. For more information about what this means, please click here.
What exactly is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a treatment that targets the hair follicles without causing any damage to the skin. It works by heating the pigment in the hair follicle to destroy it. Therefore, it can only be used on dark hair. You can use this form of hair removal on any part of your face and body that has dark hair that you would like removed. You need to attend a trustworthy salon and it can take between 6-10 treatments to fully remove the hair.
How painful is laser hair removal?
Pain levels can be subjective. What is a tickle to one person can be painful to another. Some people have described it as soothing, like a hot stone massage. Others have said it felt like a rubber band sting. The best way to think about it is that it will be more painful than plucking but less painful than waxing.
If you are really worried about pain, then it would be a good idea to attend a salon that uses medical grade lasers such as Cynosure Elite+. These types of lasers have a cooling unit that keeps skin cool and comfortable during the treatment.
The pain-free hair reduction technology is considered pain-free since it works differently from other treatments like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). It works by using pulses of infrared diode laser energy. This makes your hair follicles heat gradually. It is done in a sweeping motion that is great as it also eliminates any missed spots. The sweeping motion is known as the ‘in-motion principle’. The repeated motion allows the energy used to stay low so that it can build up on the hair follicles without leaving any negative impact on the skin.
How safe is it?
Pain free laser hair removal is completely safe. It has been commercially available since the mid ’90s and the technology keeps getting better. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding.
You do need to follow the advised pre-care and after-care. Doing so will keep you safe and give your treatment the best possible chance of success. For example, simple things like not bathing or showering for 48 hours after treatment. Making sure that you follow the advice before and after your treatment will ensure that all goes well and you stay safe.
To summarise, laser hair removal is a safe, mostly pain-free way to remove dark hair from any area of your body. It is recommended that you have a yearly top-up session to ensure that you stay hair free.