Laser hair removal is a popular, cosmetic treatment that uses a beam of highly concentrated light to heat up the hair and disable the follicle’s ability to re-grow.
The treatment which was performed experimentally for about twenty years, became commercially available in the mid-1990s and it is now widely regarded as the most effective treatment for hair removal across extended periods of time, with other hair removal techniques such as shaving, waxing and even epilation coming up short, when compared with it.
Made popular by the Hollywood celebrity set, the once expensive procedure, only available for light skin and dark hair (as the laser was not able to detect light hairs) is now more widely available and consultations start from £40 up to around £400.
For laser hair removal to be most effective, clinics recommend between four to six sessions but it is essential to find a reputable clinic where trained nurse practitioners carry out the treatment. Discontinuing hair growth is a science which looks at specific variables such as skin tone, hair colour and hair texture in order to define which type of laser is best for a patient’s skin. The wrong laser could leave burns, darker spots and more hair.
Helen Allen, Owner of Pure Aesthetics in Nottingham, explains: “The starting point for anyone considering laser hair removal is to do your research. A professional clinic will offer treatments performed by registered nurses, with specific training and certification in laser hair removal.
“The results can be fantastic when the procedure is carried out by a skilled and experienced laser operator and a good practitioner will always volunteer examples of their previous work.
“Make sure that the clinic you attend is experienced; here at Pure Aesthetics we have been established since 2003 and laser hair removal treatments are only administered by our experienced and fully-qualified practitioners with a BTEC Award in Laser and Intense Light Hair Removal.
“Typically, the shedding of the treated hairs will usually take about two to three weeks. After an initial block of sessions, larger areas may need a touch up treatment.
Can a hair-free dream become a reality? “Absolutely,” adds Helen. “You just need the right laser for your body and a trusted expert to take you through your treatment.”