Laser hair removal (LHR) is the process of getting rid of unwanted hair using a laser device. Laser devices generally work by the process of ‘selective photothermalysis’. This means that the laser machine gives out a light which is absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair follicle (melanin). The melanin converts light energy into heat energy and these high temperatures kill the hair follicle. The hair tends to fall out within 1-2 weeks.
“A common question regarding LHR is about pain! This procedure shouldn’t be painful but can get uncomfortable in sensitive areas such as the underarms or the bikini area, therefore numbing cream can be used. Clients describe the sensation of the laser beam to the ‘flicking of an elastic band’.”
Multiple sessions are required for maximal results as the LHR machine laser beam can only destroy the hair follicles that are in the growth (anagen) stage. This is because the hair follicle is active and contains a lot of pigment which attracts the laser beam. Hair grows in stages and at any one stage the hair can be in either anagen (growth) stage, catogen (end of growth/transitional) stage or the telogen (resting) stage. The length of these growth cycles depends on the part of the body and also genetics. Therefore for effective LHR we generally advised for sessions to be carried out every 6-8 weeks on average. However this varies from person to person.
“I was burned at my previous clinic. I was worried to try it again but my facial hair had become very bothersome and I started to develop ingrowing hairs. Thankfully Dermanoir was able to leave my skin beautiful and hairless thanks to their specialism in darker skin types. I will definitely be returning here for more treatments.”
Here at Dermanoir, as we are treating ethnic skin types we only use ND YAG (Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet) laser hair removal machine with a wave length of 1064nm. This is the only wavelength that clinical trials have reported to be associated with the least risk and maximum benefit when performing any laser treatments.
- Wavelength of laser equipment: Longer wavelengths will bypass the melanin in the skin and target the melanin in the hair follicle thus reducing risks of burns in darker skinned patients.
- Treatment parameters: At Dermanoir we tend to use lower safer settings to minimise the risks of skin injury which are usually associated with higher settings. This may mean you may require 1 or 2 extra sessions but overall the risk of scarring is greatly reduced
- Sun protection – We always emphasize the importance of sun protection and sun screens particularly after procedures like laser hair removal as your skin is more prone to darkening following these procedures
- Aftercare: Skin de-pigmenting agents may be used if there is a high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or pigmentation in a particular area.
- Face (sides, upper lip or chin)
- Bikini area
At your initial consultation, your skin care expert will give you a thorough examination in order to fully understand and assess your skin in order to achieve your desired results. You will be advised on the best possible course of treatments and products designed specifically for your condition or desired results. Our consultations are friendly, informative and completely confidential. Our aim is to ensure your skin received the exact treatment it needs. You will also be advised on the correct after-care regime in order to achieve long lasting results. As everyone’s skin is different, we will ensure that any treatment carried out is fully compatible with your skin and that you are completely comfortable with the advised treatment. Our expert will answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are completely committed to giving you the results you want. The average skin consultation lasts around 30 minutes and you are by no means obliged to purchase a treatment package.
When you arrive for your first treatments, your practitioner will fully explain the treatment and procedures, detailing any products used in order to ensure you are completely comfortable before proceeding. Depending on the treatment, a small test patch is usually carried out in order to ensure skin compatibility and nothing has changed since your consultation. You are the priority at all times and our experts are there to ensure you are comfortable and receiving the right treatment. With a course of treatments you will gradually begin to see results, although this will be explained after your treatment. There is normally a gap of 2 to 4 weeks between certain treatments which helps achieve optimal results.