What is Laser Hair Removal?

An easy guide to help you understand the hair removal treatment.

Laser Hair removal has become well established as an effective form of treatment for unwanted hair since 1996. Here at ‘Laser Hair Removal at the Bay and on Unley’, we use the Light Sheer Diode Laser. This versatile laser was specifically created to treat excess, unwanted dark hair (not blonde, red or grey) on any skin tone or type and has been demonstrated by a number of independent scientific studies to be the most effective laser for this purpose (superior to intense pulse light (IPL) devices). It is delicate enough for a woman's fine, sensitive skin and robust enough for a man's beard, back or arms.

The Light Sheer Diode Laser targets the pigment (melanin) located in the hair follicle which gives hair its colour. It is important to know that the hairs in an active growth phase (referred to as anagen) are most affected by the laser. Normally up to 90% of the hair follicles are in anagen phase while, 10-14% are in telogen and 1-2% in catagen. The cycle’s length varies on different parts of the body. For eyebrows, the cycle is completed in around 4 months, while it takes the scalp 3-4 years to finish. This is the reason eyebrow hair is much shorter in comparison to hair on the head.

As all hairs are not in the anagen phase at the same time and for this reason, more than one treatment will be necessary to achieve the best result. The laser pulse emits its light for only a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporise the pigment, thus destroying or significantly impeding the hair's ability to regrow, but not long enough to affect the surrounding skin. This laser also has a unique, patented sapphire chilled tipped handpiece that cools on contact, protecting the skin while directing the laser energy into the hair follicle.

The laser treatment can cause discomfort for some as different areas of the body can be more or less sensitive to the laser. However, most people tolerate the procedure well and return to normal activities right away. The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from client to client depending on the extent of the procedure and skin type. Side effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle, which is, in fact, desired clinical results and indicative that the follicle has responded to the treatment.

Your safety is our priority and we will be happy to discuss with you more about what laser hair removal is during an initial consultation with one of our nurses at ‘Laser Hair Removal At The Bay and On Unley’.

To organise a complimentary consultation at ‘Laser Hair Removal At The Bay or On Unley’, head to this link http://www.lhratthebay.com/make-a-booking.html or contacting us on 8295 7070 / info@lhratthebay.com

The LHR team.