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The Ultimate Laser Hair Removal Guide: Everything You Need to Know

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How does it work?


Laser hair removal is the most effective solution for removing unwanted hair. It works by using a concentrated beam of light to target and destroy hair follicles. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth. Over multiple sessions, the hair follicles are progressively weakened, resulting in long-term hair reduction. It is important to note that laser hair removal is most effective on individuals with dark hair and light skin, as the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle.


Why you should only book laser hair removal with a safe, qualified provider

Booking laser hair removal with a safe, qualified provider is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, a qualified provider will have the necessary training and experience to perform the procedure safely and effectively, reducing the risk of complications such as burns or skin damage. Additionally, a reputable provider will use approved equipment and follow strict safety protocols to ensure the best possible results. Choosing a qualified provider also ensures that the treatment is tailored to your specific skin type and hair colour, maximizing the effectiveness of the procedure. Overall, booking laser hair removal with a safe, qualified provider is essential for a successful and safe treatment experience. 

How many treatments will you need, and how long to they take? 

Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicle during its active growing cycle, known as the anagen phase, when the hair is still attached to the root. Not all hair will be in this phase at the same time (roughly 10-20%), so having appointments at regular intervals means that the treatment will be more effective. We recommend a course of around 8 sessions, every 4-6 weeks, depending on the area, hair type and thickness. Sometimes, some clients may need more or a few less, but we will inform you how many you’ll need.


How effect is laser hair removal?


Patients can see up to 90% reduction in hair growth from laser hair removal, and any hair that does grow back will grow back much slower and be finer and lighter. You’ll also have smoother skin, the risk of ingrown hairs will be dramatically reduced, and you’ll no longer have the stubble or rashes associated with frequent waxing or shaving.

Hair growth is also impacted by many factors including hormonal changes, so top up treatments after you’ve completed your course are sometimes needed to ensure you get the longest lasting results.

With enough sessions at the right intervals, you’re likely to see permanent hair reduction and you may never have to shave or wax again.

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What is the difference between laser hair removal and IPL?


Laser hair removal and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal are both methods used to reduce unwanted hair, but they work in slightly different ways. Laser hair removal uses a single wavelength of light that is specifically targeted to the melanin in the hair follicle, making it more effective for individuals with darker hair and lighter skin. IPL, on the other hand, uses a broad spectrum of light that targets a wider range of pigments in the skin and hair, making it suitable for a wider range of skin tones but potentially less effective for certain hair types.

In terms of effectiveness, laser hair removal typically requires fewer sessions to achieve long-lasting results compared to IPL. Laser hair removal also tends to be more precise and targeted, making it a popular choice for those looking for permanent hair reduction.


Preparing for laser hair removal


Preparing for laser hair removal involves several steps to ensure the best results and minimise any potential risks. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your laser hair removal treatment:

1. Avoid sun exposure: It is important to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least two weeks before your treatment. Sun exposure can increase the risk of skin damage and reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment.

2. Shave the treatment area: It is recommended to shave the treatment area the day before your appointment. This helps the laser target the hair follicles more effectively without singeing the surface hair.

3. Avoid waxing or plucking: Do not wax or pluck the hair in the treatment area before your laser hair removal session. The hair follicles need to be intact for the laser to target them successfully.

4. Avoid using self-tanning products: Avoid using self-tanning products or spray tans before your laser hair removal treatment. These products can interfere with the laser's ability to target the hair follicles.

5. Inform us provider of any medications or skin conditions: Make sure to inform us about any medications you are taking or any skin conditions you may have. Some medications and skin conditions can affect the outcome of the treatment.

By following these preparation tips, you can ensure a successful and safe laser hair removal treatment.


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How do I book my first laser hair removal session at Cosmetica Medical Aesthetics? 

Step 1: Book your free consultation. You can book online, call us on 07896104818 or visit our website and request more info on the contact form. To secure a laser hair removal appointment, we will require a refundable deposit of £25.

Step 2: During the consultation we will:

  • Assess the area you would like to be treated and discuss the results you’re likely to see.

  • Explain the procedure for laser hair removal, the cost and your recommended aftercare.

  • Give you a quick patch test to assess suitability for treatment.

  • Answer any questions you have regarding laser hair removal.

Step 3: Start your treatment and look forward to having beautiful, smooth skin you will want to show off all year round.

How much does each session cost?

You can either pay for each session as you go, or we offer some fantastic deals with you book a course. We offer a course of 6 treatments, which will save you 40%, or a course of 12 treatments, which will save you 50%. Please see below for all treatment areas and prices.

price list for laser hair removal

Please visit our website for more information, or to book an appointment, please click the link below.

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