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Everything you need to know about Laser Hair Removal

Ellie Taylor
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Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal

Are you becoming tired of painful rituals of shaving and waxing? Do razor burn, itchy regrowth and ingrown hairs leave you feeling down? Here at DestinationSkin we have the solution, along with some important need-to-knows and answers to most commonly asked FAQs.

Laser hair removal treatments are fast becoming one of the most highly demanded aesthetic procedures among those searching for a safe, effective and long-lasting method of hair reduction.


How does laser hair removal work?

The concept of laser hair removal centres around the principle of Selective Photothermolysis. Whilst this sounds complex, the fundamentals are easy to understand. Laser technology can be used to deliver specific wavelengths of light to an area of interest and cause highly selective heat damage.

In laser hair removal, the target areas are melanin-rich structures such as the hair shaft and bulb. When the laser pulses are targeted towards melanin, the light can only be absorbed by structures containing this pigment. The heat energy applied to the melanin-containing areas then diffuses into the immediate neighbouring tissue, causing damage to the hair follicle. This process inhibits future hair growth, providing the desired aesthetic outcome.


Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal does permanently change the hair growth environment by destroying existing hair follicles. This means that any future regrowth is often finer and less dense than before.


How long does laser hair removal last?

Whilst it depends on the individual, many people that undergo a course of laser hair removal treatments enjoy several months of smooth skin. Maintenance treatments are recommended to sustain the dramatic hair reduction results that can be achieved with DestinationSkin, and personalised advice on this is provided during a free consultation with one of our experts.


Is laser hair removal painful?

When laser hair removal is performed correctly, pain and discomfort are minimised. The hair removal lasers at DestinationSkin contain built-in cooling systems that prevent the skin from overheating. Although there is some discomfort associated with the procedure, it is usually described as less painful than waxing.


Is laser hair removal suitable for everyone?

It is a common misconception that those with darker skin tones are not suitable for laser hair removal treatments. However recent advancements in laser technology have improved accessibility of the procedure for those with darker skin tones.

Darker skin contains more of the pigment melanin and as we know, the hair removal laser is targeted towards the melanin in the hair. With outdated laser equipment this presents a challenge in that the dermal melanin competes with the hair for laser light. However, at DestiantionSkin our expert practitioners are able to adjust the laser to ensure that laser hair removal is effective for all skin tones.

Those with particularly fair hair may not be suitable for laser hair removal and this is considered on an individual basis during your free consultation. This is because fairer hair contains very little melanin for the laser to target, putting the skin at risk of burning, blistering or scarring.


What are the dangers of laser hair removal if not carried out correctly?

Poor technique and substandard equipment are no laughing matter when it comes to laser hair removal. At the least serious end of the spectrum this can lead to you achieving suboptimal results, attending sessions more frequently than necessary and paying more for your treatment overall. Whilst this would be frustrating, the consequences can be far more severe.

If laser hair removal treatments are not performed by appropriately trained experts, laser parameters such as the duration of the laser pulse, wavelength of light applied, and extent of epidermal cooling may not be adjusted properly and this can lead to ‘off-target’ absorption of laser light by the skin causing blistering, scarring and problems with pigmentation.

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