The idea of removing unwanted body hair for good can be very appealing to many people. Permanent laser hair removal can mean you retain silky, hair-free skin for extended periods of time without needing any touch-up treatments. However, before you have your treatments done, there are some things you should know.
1. Results Aren’t Immediate
When you first visit a skin laser clinic, you may be expecting your laser hair removal treatment to immediately get rid of all that hair. This just isn’t true.
Before you even book in for your treatment your consultant should ask you to shave the areas you want to treat 2 days prior to your appointment. This allows your hair to grow into very short stubble over those 2 days. This will allow the therapist treating you for the first time to accurately assess your hair in terms of thickness and amount and see if you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal.
Your treatment takes a couple of minutes from there, but don’t expect to walk out of the clinic totally hair free. It doesn’t work that way.
2. Hair Falls Out in 10-14 Days
After your treatment, you will still have that annoying little bit of stubble. However, the follicles underneath those hairs are dead so any hair remaining will usually fall out in around 10 to 14 days. Your consultant will advise you how to keep that stubble under control until the hair falls out.
3. You Need More Than One Treatment
Far too many people book in for just one laser treatment and expect their hair to never grow back. This won’t work. Hair grows in three different phases. During your first treatment, you may have only killed the follicles in the active growth phase. This means the remaining hair in the same region wasn’t treated yet. This is the reason why you need to book subsequent appointments. For most people, you should start to see good results after 4 to 6 treatments.
4. It is the Closest Thing You Can Get to Permanent
After around 5 or 6 treatments, most people notice that there is almost no regrowth of hair in the treated area at all. However, some people may notice a small amount of regrowth. There is typically around 70% to 80% reduction in the amount of hair that grows back, so it should appear much sparser and lighter. You may require a touch-up treatment once a year to maintain that little bit of hair regrowth.
5. Not Everyone is a Good Candidate for Permanent Laser Hair Removal
Laser treatments offer excellent results for those who want to remove their hair permanently. However, not everyone is automatically a good candidate. If you have fair skin and relatively dark hair, your treatments should work just fine. However, if you have fair skin and fair hair, there’s not a lot for the laser to target. Likewise, if you have darker toned skin the laser will actually target the melanin in the skin, rather than the follicle.
It’s always best to discuss treatment options with a professional consultant who specialises in permanent hair removal.
6. Results May Differ on Various Parts of the Body
Due to certain hair growth being hormonally stimulated, there are certain areas on the body for both women and men that can be driven through hormones. These areas can still be treated effectively, given that the hair is dark, but may only get thinner and lessen, and may need more treatments to achieve up to a 50% reduction.
7. Choosing the Right Clinic Matters
It’s vitally important you choose the right laser clinic for your body hair removal treatments. A premier clinic like Laser by Sia has an excellent reputation for outstanding treatments across Sydney. If you’re thinking about permanent hair removal options, always take the time to do your homework and choose the best clinic you can find with skilled technicians who will happily answer all your questions before you proceed. At Laser by Sia, we offer state-of-the-art and well-maintained equipment while providing excellent permanent laser hair removal treatments.