Can you imagine how this concept made people react when it was introduced in the 1960s? Using lasers to remove hair must have sounded like something out of a far-fetched Sci-Fi movie.
Years later, Laser Hair Removal is one of the most popular and effective methods in the beauty industry. For those who can't stand the thought of waxing and shaving for the rest of their lives, Laser Hair Removal provides a safe long-term solution.
Theodore H Maiman invented the laser hair removal machine in 1960. Those early prototypes were far from effective and really quite dangerous. A massive amount of research has gone into making the equipment what it is today.
Laser clinics are springing up all over the country and they now use the very latest technology for safe, effective permanent hair reduction.
This treatment can be used on virtually all parts of the body, except over tattoos. What varies, however, is the number of sessions you will need to achieve optimum results. This largely depends on your skin and hair type and colour.
Laser Hair Removal is very similar to IPL Hair Removal - both are light-based methods for targeting unwanted hair. Lasers emit one single wavelength of light, which maximises penetration. IPL - or Intense Pulsed Light - sends various wavelengths, as the name suggests.
Each method has its advantages. Laser Hair Removal is said to be more effective, while IPL may cause fewer skin reactions.
Your first step is to find a salon, spa or laser clinic that offers professional services. This is easy to do with Bookwell.
Arrange a consultation to discuss the treatment, your skin and hair type and the number of sessions that will be needed. Your therapist will explain how Laser Hair Removal works, how to prepare and what to expect.
It's important to understand that Laser Hair Removal is not pain-free. Having said that, many people describe the sensation as discomfort rather than pain. If you have a very low pain threshold, the therapist may use a numbing cream before starting treatment.
The pain is said to be somewhere between shaving and waxing. The more treatments you have the less pain you will feel.
There are some after-effects, and these can include skin redness, itching and swelling. These symptoms should pass quite quickly. Often it depends which area of the body is being treated.
One of the most popular treatments is Brazilian Laser Hair Removal. As you would expect this can cause some discomfort, but it is over quite quickly. The advantage is that you won't need to wax or shave that area ever again.
There is some confusion over whether laser treatments offer permanent hair removal. The truth is that only electrolysis offers a permanent solution. IPL and Laser Hair Removal offer permanent hair reduction.
Over time, with the recommended number of sessions, most people find that the hair all but disappears.
As you would expect Laser Hair Removal costs more than waxing and most other methods. When you add up the ongoing cost of waxing, shaving and threading, it might work out more cost-effective in the long run.
Interestingly, this treatment works best on fair skin with dark hair. It is not always recommended for those with darker skin. The reason for this is that the laser treatment targets pigmentation and, on dark skin, it can cause some bleaching.
That said, technology is improving all the time and there are different types of laser available. It might just be that your treatments will have to be carried out at a lower frequency.
If you're new to Laser Hair Removal be sure to ask plenty of questions up front. Your consultant will be more than happy to answer them all.