laser hair removal

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal uses an intense beam of light that selectively destroys the hair follicles by targeting the melanin (colour) in the hair and eliminates the root and blood flow to the hair at the base of the hair follicle.

The Alexandrite and Nd Yag lasers both are damaging to the follicle and this is enough to reduce the hair regrowth significantly, whilst leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. During the treatment, you will feel a slight, hot pricking sensation in the treated area, this is the heat hitting the hair root.

However, this is soothed by the cooling system attached to the laser which blows cold air, you can have the cooling system at the same time to make the session more comfortable. Following the treatment there may be slight redness and little bumps for a short time, this can be soothed by applying aloe vera gel as many times as needed (each treatment room has Aloe Vera for you to use for post-treatment)!

Laser Hair Removal Consultation

Before starting your laser hair removal journey, we will conduct a free consultation with one of our experienced and highly trained Consultants. During the consultation, the consultant will explain the process to you, decide which laser will be used in appropriate settings, answer any questions you have, and carries out a patch test on each area.

The skin test will ensure that you are suitable for laser hair removal (95% are eligible) as well as give you an idea of how the treatment will feel. The laser Consultant will then advise you on the best course of treatments to achieve your goal. The recommendation is a minimum of 8 usually. Following the consultation, if you choose to go ahead, you can start the treatment from as early as 48 hours later.

Following a laser hair removal treatment

The skin may be red immediately after the treatment, and the hair follicles where the skin has been treated may raise and bumpy, this usually subsides within a few hours but can take up to 48 hours for some clients. A very few people experience itching a few days later as the hair is pushed out.

Following a laser hair removal treatment, the hair growth slows considerably. It usually takes 2-3 weeks at which point the dead hair will fall out. New hair follicles will then grow, which are usually less coarse. After the second laser treatment, depending on skin and hair type, the area can already begin to look patchy as certain hair follicles stop producing new hairs. After 4-6 treatments, the hair should be significantly reduced, and after 8 sessions, we can achieve up to 90% reduction.

The main benefits of laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is the most effective method for achieving permanent reduction. After 6-8 sessions, you can achieve up to a 90% reduction. Compare this to a lifetime of shaving or waxing laser hair removal is an investment and more economical in the long run.

The laser is also extremely effective at treating ingrown hairs. After 2-4 sessions you will notice a significant if not complete removal of ingrown hairs. The bumps, redness, and skin pigmentation caused by ingrown will also clear up leaving the skin healthier and smoother.

Laser hair removal practitioners and safety

At The Living Centre, all of our practitioners are experienced and are certified in level 4 laser safety training. Many of our practitioners have over a decade of experience treating clients of all skin types. A skin test is always carried out before starting treatment in any area; this is to ensure your skin is suitable. All of our technicians are female and have seen many clients over the years and understand the sensitivity some clients may feel regarding certain areas of the body. However, all of our technicians have a lot of experience and will ensure to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

The Living Centre laser hair removal systems

At The Living Centre, we use the Gentle Max Pro by Syneron Candela, which is state of the art in laser technology. We are continually updating our equipment as it comes on to the market, ensuring customers are receiving the safest and fastest laser hair removal technology currently available. Syneron- Candela technology allows Pulse Light Clinic to treat all skin types safely using the Alexandrite and Nd: Yag lasers. These lasers allow treatment of Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, Arab, Mixed race, Black Caribbean, Black African skin types.

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