What is the best laser? How long do results last? Is it permanent? When should I have it? You asked. We answered. Here’s our Q&A guide to laser hair removal.
What is the best type of laser hair removal?
IPL v Laser v Home kits, there are so many options out there for skin laser hair removal! It can all get a bit confusing! Let us help clear things up…
IPL hair removal
IPL (intense pulsed light) machines are commonly used with many small businesses opting for these machines as they can be used for a multitude of things. IPL machines can be effective for the use of hair removal, however as this option isn’t directly heating the part of the skin that we wish it too, many more sessions are often needed. IPL also isn’t advised for the darker skin types due to them overheating the colour of the skin.
Home kit hair removal
Home Kits which you can buy in department stores and pharmacy’s often use IPL technology, but at a much lower intensity meaning again more and more times of use are needed to start seeing results. These machines also have very small surface areas in which they cover, meaning that to treat your full legs could take hours upon hours.
Laser hair removal
Lasers have become the most popular due to their effectiveness and ability to treat all hair and skin types safely. Laser will give you the best results in the quickest time frame with the safest standards when performed correctly.
What is the best laser hair removal machine?
At DestinationSkin, we use 3 different machines dependant on your skin and hair type. These are all medical grade 4 lasers. They are called Cynosure Apogee elite and the Lumenis light sheer diode. The actual 3 types of lasers are – diode, ND YAG and Alexandrite. We don’t use Soprano laser, as they use one of the same technologies as our machine (lumenis lightsheer diode) but the soprano gradually heats the hairs with a lower energy, therefore treatments take longer before you see good results. We did previously have Soprano lasers in our clinics, but the results didn’t compare to the current machines we use.
Does laser hair removal work?
With a 96% client satisfaction rate, we believe our treatments really do work, and our clients do too. We have performed over 428,000 treatments since 2012 for people who, just like you, wanted to be hair free and care free. Just check out our laser hair removal reviews and before & afters – happy clients, combined with visible reduction in hair, shows just how well laser hair removal works.
I have Hidradenitis suppurativa which has caused me years of suffering with terribly painful infections under both arms. My dermatologist gave me two options; a year on antibiotics to manage the condition, or laser hair removal which would hopefully resolve the issue more permanently. I opted for the latter and I am so glad I did! I have not had a single infection since beginning the laser sessions, and the once thick and dark hair which covered a large area has now been reduced to a much smaller patch of lighter and finer hair that grows much more slowly; I only have shave once every three weeks. My underarms are generally smoother and lighter in appearance too. Laser hair removal has made a remarkable difference to my health and my overall wellbeing. I am genuinely so pleased with the results.
How long do results last? Is it permanent?
Laser hair removal requires a short term commitment to get long term results. Often clients see a difference after the first session, but sometimes results won’t be instantaneous but once your course of treatments has been completed, you will not have to think about regular hair removal again. Results can last many months and many years however maintenance is often recommended to keep any new hairs at bay. A maintenance session is usually carried out on average once per year however areas of the face may need more frequent sessions if there is any hormonal imbalances which can cause hair to grow. The hairs that have been removed during the course won’t grow, but new hairs are the ones you need to maintain. Other factors such as pregnancy, some illnesses and medication can cause regrowth which can be maintained.
How many laser hair removal treatments should I have?
6 treatments are recommended to get going and to get a significant amount of the hair banished. Treatment gaps are on average between 4-6 weeks so to get to the stage where you can ditch the razor could take up to 36 weeks.
When is best to have it done?
We are all busy in life to remember to schedule that wax or threading appointment and all of a sudden we are jetting off on our holidays or have that special event to attend! So to prevent all the last minute panic why not consider laser hair removal now!
Based on the average of 36 weeks to ditch the razor, now is the perfect time to start to be hair free next summer! Start in October and be ready for the warmer weather in June.
Had laser before and need a top up? Well as winter comes closer now’s the time to get it sorted. Laser works best when your skin is at its natural lightest colour so having laser a couple of months after your laser sun exposure will see you with the most effective results.
Planning your wedding for next summer? Now’s the time to get on the laser hair removal waggon. No more sitting with the tweezers prizing out ingrown hairs or weeks of having to grow your hairs ahead of your next wax – laser really is the perfect answer to all your problems.
Does it hurt?
Our Cynosure Elite+ lasers treat the area with a cooling jet of air to keep you feeling comfortable during your laser hair removal treatments. Our Diode lasers have a chilled applicator and we also use a cooling gel to keep discomfort to a minimum. We can apply a local anaesthetic to the area if needed; however, you will get an idea of how the treatment feels during the initial test patch. If you are used to waxing, laser hair removal is often described as less painful.
How painful is laser treatments on the face?
Laser treatment on the face is expressed to be far less painful than waxing and threading. The laser treatment feels like an elastic band hitting the skin however the treatment for the lower part of the face only takes around 10-15 minutes to perform.
A test patch is carried out in our consultation. This is where we use the laser on a small area of the area you wish to have treated this will help you to understand the sensation.
Can I have laser hair removal if I’m breastfeeding?
You can have laser hair removal whilst breastfeeding, the only area we don’t advise treatment on is around the nipple area, however all other body areas are fine to treat.
Do you do laser hair removal in London?
We have 7 clinics in and around the centre of London, with locations in Knightsbridge, Oxford Circus, The City and North London. All of our clinics have expert laser hair removal practitioners who can discuss the areas you would like treated, and any questions or concerns you have in your initial complimentary consultation.
What is the age restriction on laser hair removal?
You have to be over 18 years of age to have Laser Hair Removal.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
Book your consultation today to find out more with prices starting at £36.00 and payment options available (plus Christmas coming up – so gift vouchers can be on your wish list) it’s easier and cheaper than you may think.
Read more about how laser works on our Laser Hair Removal Page.
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