Unwanted hair may be the bane of your life and removing it at home is often time consuming, uncomfortable and can lead to unpleasant in-growing hairs that can even become infected. If you’re looking for an alternative, you may be interested in laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is a popular and proven method of effective long-term hair reduction. It has been used for over 20 years and has a number of benefits over other hair removal methods.
How does laser hair removal work?
To carry out laser hair removal, we aim a concentrated beam of light at your hair follicles. The bright laser light heats up the melanin pigment in your hair (melanin makes it dark), damaging the hair follicles that contain hairs in their active growth stage; this will inhibit future growth.
Most lasers depend on there being more dark pigment in your hair than in your skin – this is why some laser hair removal treatments may not be suitable for darker skin types, tanned skin or if you’ve used a fake tan. At The Private Skin Laser Clinic, we use the Nd:YAG laser for anyone seeking hair removal in London who has brown or black skin tones. This is because the Nd:YAG laser is effective on all skin types. We tend to use the Alexandrite laser for lighter skin tones.
Because of how the laser works, laser hair removal may not be possible if you have blonde, grey or white hair but we can determine this by meeting you for an initial consultation.
People often ask us whether laser hair removal is painful. Many people describe the sensation of the laser as being similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. To make sure you feel as comfortable as possible, we use cool air and ice packs on your skin to minimise the sensations.
Why do people need several hair laser removal sessions?
Your hair goes through a life cycle. During the Anagen phase, it grows around half an inch a month, and faster in the summer than in the winter. During the Anagen phase – which lasts an average of three to five years – your hair should be able to grow to between 18 and 30 inches, although, if you are Asian, you may find that your Anagen phase lasts slightly longer.
At the end of the Anagen phase, your hair enters a short transitional period that lasts for approximately ten days and is known as the Catagen phase.
Finally, your hair enters the Telogen phase. During this period, your hair is released and falls out. A follicle in the Telogen phase lays dormant for approximately three months before going back into the Anagen phase.
Of course, if all your hairs were in the same phase at the same time, you would go bald every three to five years. Instead, each follicle is at a different stage in the growth cycle.
Using laser hair removal, we are only able to target hairs in the Anagen (growth) phase, which is why you will need several hair removal sessions so that we can treat as many active follicles as possible. You may notice some growth, which is due to unaffected follicles coming out of the Telogen phase into the Anagen phase after your treatment.
Because of this hair life cycle, your laser hair removal treatment can last anywhere from several months to several years. A number of research studies have shown that laser hair removal leads to a longer delay in regrowth than many other hair removal systems and it exceeds IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatment.
A solution for ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs tend to be caused by hair that recoils and curls inwards after shaving and other hair removal treatments. For some people, this can lead to painful infections and unsightly bumps across the skin.
One of the many benefits of laser hair removal is that it goes not cause ingrown hairs and, in fact, it can even resolve this problem by weakening targeted hair follicles and permanently reducing their ability to grow hair.
There’s no doubt that laser hair removal offers one of the most effective and long-lasting methods of hair removal. If you would like to know more about hair removal in London at The Private Skin Laser Clinic, give us a call on 020 7435 7521.