To Laser Or Not To Laser? That Is The Question
Ladies and gents, step away from the razors and hot wax and say ‘Hello’ to an easy way to remove your unwanted hair – Laser Hair Removal. We recently surveyed 4000 adults and found that not only is Laser Hair Removal the most popular Non Surgical treatment – even ranking above Botox - it’s also almost as popular with the gentlemen as it is with the ladies, in fact 21.37 per cent of women asked were undertaking the procedure and 17.05 per cent of men, so it really is not just one for the girls!
With a whole host of benefits on offer, including no ingrown hairs, no little cuts that won’t stop bleeding, no skin irritation from a blade which can cause dryness and acne and of course the obvious time saved by never having to shave or wax again (hurray!). Let’s take a closer look at this Non Surgical treatment so you can determine once and for all whether Laser Hair Removal is right for you.
What is it?
Okay so starting with the basics. Laser Hair Removal involves passing a laser beam over an area of unwanted hair. The laser targets the melanin (pigment) in the hair and destroys it at the follicle, considerably reducing regrowth and leaving you with smooth hair-free skin.
What are the benefits?
Aside from not having to shave, pluck or wax the area again, there are four main benefits of Laser Hair Removal:
- Confidence boosting
Whether you suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Hirsutism (Excessive Hair) or simply have unwanted hair you’d like to get rid of permanently, Laser Hair Removal can help you to regain your confidence. Many of our patients tell us that they feel embarrassed or self-conscious by their unwanted hair and this treatment can help to change that.
With Laser Hair Removal, the treatment targets only the unwanted hair, leaving the skin surrounding the area undamaged. This makes it an effective as well as a safe treatment.
Our patients have reported an 80-90 per cent reduction in unwanted hair following a course of Laser Hair Removal.
Depending on the area being treated, Laser Hair Removal is a very quick treatment. Upper lip hair can be removed in less than 60 seconds while larger areas of unwanted hair, such as on the legs may take around an hour to remove.
- Virtually Painless
Almost every patient, at their first treatment, exclaims it is not even half as uncomfortable as they were expecting. Universally regarded as less painful than waxing we have been told it feels is like a small elastic band pinging on the skin, we like the description.
Who’s having it?
It may be easier to answer who isn’t? However, based on the results of our survey, Laser Hair Removal is slightly more common among women and most undertaken in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. One thing we are certain of, there is no age limit to Laser Hair Reduction with patients ranging from 18 to 55 and over.
Many of our Laser Hair Removal patients are male, including Olympic athletes Pete Waterfield (diver) and Louis Smith (gymnast). We were lucky enough to do a Q&A session with Louis to find out what he thought about the treatment.
He said: “I’ve never been a fan of chest hair. […] I didn’t want to shave my chest as I know it just grows back thicker and hairier, which would be worse in the long run. So I decided to do some research into Laser Hair Removal and it seemed to be a fairly pain-free option for permanent hair reduction, so I thought, why not give it a go?
“When looking for reputable places to go for it, The Harley Medical Group came highly recommended.
“The nurse was very professional and put me at ease from the moment I walked in, so I knew I was in good hands. I expected the treatment to be a little bit painful to be honest but although it was a little tingly, I didn’t have anything to worry about – it was fine!
“I was really impressed with the results even after one session and saw a noticeable reduction in hair and my chest and stomach was so much smoother already, so I knew this was going to work for me. […] I am looking forward to seeing my bare chest in the coming months.”
Where can I have it?
Laser Hair Removal can be safely used on any part of the body; it is commonly used to remove hair on the face, legs, underarms and bikini area for women, and the chest, neck and back for men. Here at The Harley Medical Group, our lasers can treat all skin types, tones and colours – including blonde, grey and vellus hair.
Is it safe?
You should always bear in mind that Laser Hair Removal is a medical treatment performed using a medical grade laser and should only be performed by someone fully trained and qualified. All of our clinics are registered with the Care Quality Commission or the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales so you can be sure that you’re in safe hands.
How long will it take before I notice a difference?
Most of our patients start to see a visible reduction in their hair from the very first treatment session. However, as hair goes through growth cycles and not every hair is at the optimum stage at the same time, which is why we recommend booking a course of treatments to ensure that all of your unwanted hair is treated. You will be advised on the optimum number of treatments during your initial consultation to ensure the treatment is completely tailor to you and your needs, but we generally recommend a course of four to eight treatments. We begin by using a very low setting to allow your skin to adjust and this will be increased as your treatment course progresses. This means that you’re more likely to get better results as time goes on.
How should I prepare for treatment?
So you’ve booked a course of treatment, now you need to prepare for it. Try to refrain from plucking, electrolysis and waxing for up to six weeks before treatment to be more effective. Avoid sun exposure before and after treatment as it renders Laser Hair Removal less effective and can cause irritation following treatment.
How long is the recovery process?
You’ll notice that your hair will fall out between 14 and 20 days after treatment, exfoliating will help to speed up the process. In the meantime, you may experience some redness which will fade after a few hours – applying aloe vera after the treatment will help soothe this. Try to avoid sun exposure but if you must go out in the sun, apply sunblock to all exposed areas.
Let us help!
To find out more about the benefits of Laser Hair Removal and how we can help, contact The Harley Medical Group today and book your FREE consultation.