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Laser hair removal

Permanent reduction in hair density is achievable using laser treatment. Our diode laser, used for permanent hair reduction, is considered the most effective device for this purpose available. It can be used for type I to III skin types, and with caution, some patients with type IV skin may be able to receive this treatment.

The number of treatments depends on your skin type, hair type and colour, and the location of the hair to be removed. Typically, six treatments, performed four to six weeks apart, are required to achieve a permanent reduction. Treating more frequently will not result in the result being achieved more rapidly. This is because the interval between treatments is designed to capture hairs in their growth phase: with only 30% of hairs actively growing at any point in time, treatments need to be carefully timed to respect the biology, and to maximise results.

It is vital that laser-treated areas are protected from the sun both before and after treatment, to prevent adverse consequences of this treatment. Please talk to us about planned trips abroad and recent sun exposure when you attend for your appointment.

Preparation for laser hair reduction

In order to get the best result from your laser hair reduction procedure, please note the following:

The treatment works by laser energy being absorbed by the pigment in the hair, which in turn heats and destroys the hair-producing cells within the follicle. Therefore the hair must be visible to the laser, and present in the follicle. For this reason, bleaching the hair (which stops the light energy being absorbed), or any method of hair removal which involves removing the hair from the follicle (plucking, tweezing, waxing, threading), will render the area temporarily unsuitable for laser treatment. The area for treatment may be shaved, ideally 2-3 days before. A “five o’clock shadow” amount of hair regrowth is ideal.

If the hair is too long, the laser treatment can be more uncomfortable, and less effective. Therefore, we suggest that you do trim the hair in the area to be treated before your appointment. A hair length of 2-4 mm is about right. For your first treatment, we suggest you leave a small patch (2cm x 2cm) of “typical” hair a bit longer, to allow us accurately judge your hair colour and texture.

There should be no tan, either real or out of a bottle on the area to be treated. If you have had a suntan in the six weeks before treatment, please let us know, as even after a tan has faded, the pigment cells are active within the skin, and treating at that time could result in unwanted side-effects from treatment.