- How does laser hair reduction work?
Laser is an intensified beam of light with a specific wavelength which makes it absorbable only by specific targets (in this case pigments inside hair). The pigments inside hair (Melanin) absorb the laser light and heat up to 70 °c destroying the hair bulbs permanently; the darker the hair, the more the pigment amount, and the better the result.
- Does it work for blonde or white hair?
Generally if there is no pigment, there will not be any result so no results for white and grey hair and minimal result for blonde and red hair.
- How many treatments do I need and how often?
Minimum of four to six treatments with 4-6 weeks interval will be needed for the optimum result, however for lighter hair or darker skin types it could take up to 8-10 treatments. Regular attendance for treatment is essential for achieving the best result and additional treatments might be needed in cases of frequent cancellations.
- What preparations do I need prior to treatment?
The area should be shaved the day before and no fake tan should be present on skin surface. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for at least one week before and one week after the treatment. You should not wax or pluck between the treatment sessions, but shaving is ok. No fake tan should be present at the time of laser treatments otherwise there will be an increased risk of burning for skin.
- Is it safe to perform laser hair reduction during pregnancy?
The laser treatments are not recommended during pregnancy.
- How long does the treatment take?
It depends on the area and could take only a few minutes for small areas such as underarms up to more than one hour for larger areas such as full legs or full back.
- Is it painful?
It depends mostly on individual pain threshold, some people find it more painful than others. It has been likened to a rubber band snapping against the skin.