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Laser Hair Removal Treatments Sheffield

Laser Hair Removal

Excessive body hair growth is a big problem that affects women and hair removal has now become the most requested cosmetic procedure around the world. The majority of women look to find a treatment that will remove the hair completely and permanently. For years, waxing and shaving have been the most common form of hair removal but while it does solve the problem temporarily, it also causes the hair to grow back faster as well as thicker, which is why laser hair removal is becoming very popular now amongst women. At our Sheffield Aesthetics and  Laser Clinic, we can give you the best results, where you do not have to worry about hair regrowth and will not need to return to waxing or shaving


What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a procedure that has only been available since the mid 1990s and is the process of removing unwanted hair by using the heat from the laser light to destroy the hair follicles, which prevents hair regrowth. Everyone has the pigment melanin in them, which gives the skin and hair their colour, and it is the melanin that the laser specifically targets, avoiding the rest of the skin. At our Sheffield Aesthetics and Laser Clinic, we understand the importance of protecting the skin and use different lasers depending on skin types and colours.

How Do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

If you have chosen to undergo laser hair removal, you will need to avoid plucking, shaving or waxing for 6 weeks before your treatment so the laser is able to target the hairs’ roots. It is also very important to avoid the sun and sun exposure for six weeks before to make the treatment more effective. If you have been in the sun, wait until the tan fades before your treatment, to prevent skin lightening

 

Treating All Skin Types Safely

Because there is such a variety in skin types the Sheffield Aesthetics and Laser Clinic ensures that it uses different lasers depending on the skin type that is being worked on. For example, for people with darker skin tones a Yag laser is used or for those with lighter skin an Alexandrite laser is used for body hair removal. As all practitioners in our clinic are qualified and fully trained on these different lasers it ensures that the treatments are highly successful and far more risk free than other competitors that may only use Intense Pulse Light(IPL) treatment instead of lasers. 

 

Hair Biology

All hair has three different stages of life, Anagen where the hair is still fully attached to the blood supply and actively growing. Catagen, this is an intermediate stage where there is still some growth but less so as the hair is getting ready to go into the final stage of Telogen which is the resting/shedding stage and the end of the hair regrowth process. Laser treatment is most effective on hairs in the Anagen stage and to destroy up to 80-90% of the hair follicles at this stage requires six to eight sessions of body hair removal. Once treated the hairs will take about two weeks to shed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

If you have chosen to undergo laser hair removal, you will need to avoid plucking, shaving or waxing for 6 weeks before your treatment so the laser is able to target the hairs’ roots. It is also very important to avoid the sun and sun exposure for six weeks before to make the treatment more effective. If you have been in the sun, wait until the tan fades before your treatment, to prevent skin lightening.

What is Involved In the Hair Removal Procedure?

Before the hair removal, the hair in the area may be trimmed first and you will be given special glasses to protect your eyes from the laser beam.

An anaesthetic may be applied to the skin or a cooling device or gel on the tip of the laser, depending on the area and hair being treated. At our Sheffield laser clinic, we ensure that we will protect your skin and do everything possible to reduce any pain.

The laser will be placed on your skin and when it is activated, the laser beam will pass through the skin to the hair follicles, destroy them and prevent hair regrowth. Each ‘pulse’ of the laser takes just a second and can treat a lot of hairs at the same time.

How Long Does the Procedure Last?

The length of the procedure depends on the area that is being treated. If it is a small area, such as the top lip or armpit, this may take just a few minutes but bigger areas, such as the back or legs, will take longer.

What Happens After the Procedure?

After the laser hair removal treatment, you may experience slight redness and swelling in the treated area, which is normal and no cause for concern. Also, there may be some itching in the area and it may feel slightly sunburned for a couple of days.

How Do I Look After the Treated Area?

The most vital and important thing after laser hair removal treatment is to not expose the treated area to the sun for 2 weeks and to always protect the area with sunblock. You should also apply any creams that have been prescribed.

When Will I See Results?

Generally, the treated hair will begin shedding 2-3 weeks after treatment. You may need several treatments depending on the type of hair, area and skin colour. However, the first treatment you have will be the most noticeable and eventually, laser hair removal will result in significant hair reduction, finer and lighter hairs and the removal of ingrown and thick, coarse hairs.

 

 

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