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Laser hair removal is a well established method for treating unwanted or excessive hair. The laser produces a ray of high intensity light which gives off heat energy. This energy is absorbed differently depending on the type and colour of the body tissue it is applied to. It can therefore pass safely through the skin to destroy any targeted cells at the root of the hair follicle, which will prevent any further hair growth. This treatment can be used on various parts of the body and is especially effective with darker hair on light skin.
Results vary depending on the part of the body, and the skin and the hair colour being treated, but most people find that they have drastically reduced hair growth after a course of treatments. However, hair has a three stage life cycle, starting with the growth stage, and only hairs that are in this growth stage will be affected by the laser. Therefore any hairs that are outside of this stage when the laser is used will not be removed. There is therefore a possibility that some hairs will remain. However this remaining hair does tend to be finer and lighter, so is less noticeable. Please note that red hairs are less responsive to laser hair treatment.
As the laser works best with dark hairs on pale skin, we advise that you let any tan fade before having a treatment. Similarly, avoid direct sun exposure for 7 days prior to treatment.
Any hair growth above the skin surface will absorb the laser energy and therefore lessen its ability to reach the hair follicle. Therefore, we also recommend that you shave 24 hours prior to your treatment.
To get the best results from laser hair removal it is recommended that several treatments are used to achieve significant and lasting effects, although it is unlikely that 100% of hair will be removed permanently.
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