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Hair today - gone tomorrow!!! Laser hair removal, all you need to know

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses laser light to remove unwanted hair. The procedure is typically performed by a qualified level 4 laser practitioner and is most effective on people with dark hair and light skin. The laser emits a beam of light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the hair follicle and prevents future hair growth. Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair from almost any part of the body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms, and bikini area. The procedure can be a little uncomfortable, but most people do not experience significant pain. The number of treatments required varies depending on the individual, but most people require several sessions to achieve their desired results.

One of our laser practitioners carry out laser hair removal to a ladies legs
Laser Hair Removal legs

The "Ice Tip" laser hair removal system is a specific brand of laser that is designed to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The "Ice Tip" system uses a cooling tip that is applied to the skin before the laser pulse, which helps to numb the area and reduce any discomfort. This cooling technology is intended to make the laser hair removal process more comfortable for the patient, especially for those with sensitive skin. Laser hair removal can be an effective way to remove unwanted hair, but it is important to have realistic expectations and to follow the recommendations of a qualified medical profess

Medical grade laser hair removal refers to laser hair removal is typically done in a clinic, and is generally considered to be more effective and safer than non-medical laser hair removal treatments. Medical-grade laser hair removal is usually done using lasers that are specifically designed for hair removal, such as the diode laser or the alexandrite laser. These lasers are highly precise and can target the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle with minimal damage to the surrounding skin. Medical-grade laser hair removal can be an effective way to remove unwanted hair, but it is important to have realistic expectations and to follow the recommendations of a qualified professional.

Laser hair removal can be uncomfortable or mildly painful for some people, but the level of discomfort varies from person to person. The sensation can be described as a tingling or stinging sensation, similar to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.

The amount of pain or discomfort experienced during laser hair removal can also depend on the treated area and the sensitivity of the skin. Areas with thinner skin, such as the upper lip or bikini area, may be more sensitive than other areas. Additionally, individuals with darker skin or coarser hair may experience more discomfort during the procedure.

Most people tolerate the discomfort of laser hair removal well, and the sensation usually subsides quickly once the laser pulse has ended. Some providers may use cooling techniques such as a cooling gel or ice packs to help reduce discomfort during the treatment.

It's important to note that laser hair removal is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced provider

How many laser hair removal treatments do you need? The number of laser hair removal treatments needed can vary depending on several factors, including the individual's hair type, skin type, and the treated area. In general, most people require a series of treatments to achieve the desired results.

Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicle during its active growth phase. However, not all hair follicles are in the active growth phase at the same time, which is why multiple treatments are needed to target all hair follicles during their active phase.

On average, most people require 6-8 laser hair removal treatments to achieve optimal results. However, some individuals may require more or fewer treatments depending on their individual hair growth cycle, skin type, and the treated area.

It's important to note that laser hair removal is not a permanent hair removal solution, but rather a long-term hair reduction solution. While the hair that regrows after treatment is typically finer and lighter in color, maintenance treatments may be needed to maintain the results. Laser hair removal and tattoos

Laser hair removal can be safely performed on areas with tattoos, but it's important to take some precautions to avoid damaging the tattoo or causing skin irritation.

The laser used in hair removal targets the pigment in the hair follicle, which can also target the pigment in the tattoo ink. If the laser is directed at the tattooed area, it can potentially cause fading, discoloration, or blistering.

To avoid damaging the tattoo during laser hair removal, the treated area should be carefully avoided during the treatment. A skilled and experienced provider can use a laser with a longer wavelength that specifically targets the hair follicle without affecting the tattoo ink.

It's also important to wait at least six weeks after getting a new tattoo before undergoing laser hair removal in the same area. This allows the skin to fully heal and reduces the risk of irritation or damage.

If you have a tattoo in the area you want to treat with laser hair removal, be sure to inform your provider during the consultation. They can recommend the best approach to safely and effectively remove hair without damaging the tattoo.

Laser hair removal on a ladies upper lip
Laser Hair removal top lip

Laser hair removal vs ipl

Laser hair removal and IPL (intense pulsed light) are both popular methods for reducing hair growth, but they work in slightly different ways.

Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light that targets the hair follicles and heats them up, causing damage that inhibits future hair growth. The laser targets the melanin in the hair follicles, so it works best on dark hair and light skin.

IPL uses broad-spectrum light that emits multiple wavelengths and is less focused than laser light. It works by emitting intense pulses of light that are absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle, which heats up and damages the follicle to inhibit future hair growth. IPL can also be used to treat other skin conditions, such as acne, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation.

In general, laser hair removal tends to be more precise and effective than IPL for hair removal. Laser hair removal is more focused and can target hair follicles more precisely, making it more effective on thicker hair and darker skin tones. IPL is generally better for treating lighter, finer hair and may require more treatments than laser hair removal to achieve optimal results. Contour Couture is an Aesthetics Clinic based in Bristol & Swindon. We provide treatments for all skin, body and facial issues through a broad range of injectables and non-invasive machines.

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