Who can get laser hair removal? Will it work on any skin type and hair colour?
Anyone can have laser hair removal at The Laser Beautique. Our treatments are safe for all skin types. As mentioned, if your hair is light, rather have Apilus treatments as laser is not effective on light hair. We laser girls from 6 years old. Kids are cruel. If a little girl has upper lip hair or dark leg hair, they get teased. I would far rather recommend pain free laser hair removal than painful waxing.
Older laser devices and IPL is not suitable for darker skin types. You can see in the above image how IPL treats the hair and the surrounding tissue. Old devices or unsophisticated, cheap devices don’t have the technology that allows for pain free treatment.
One has to use a very high frequency to get a good result. This leaves the therapist who is treating caught between a rock and a hard place. If they turn up the frequency, they burn the client but if they turn down the intensity, they don’t get a good result.
This is why there is the misconception that laser is not safe for darker skin types or that laser is not actually pain free. Simple answer is, only certain lasers are pain free and can safely be effective on darker skin types.
No laser is effective on little to non-pigmented hair. Laser is not effective on blond, ginger, grey or white hair. Apilus device is the best treatment for permanent and comfortable removal of light hair.
What are the risks & does it hurt?
Old school devices or out dated technology was very painful. Many believe that if is not painful, the treatment cant work. This is not true! At The Laser Beautique group, we use revolutionary and award-winning laser technology for permanent and painless hair removal.
The treatment is applied using a new technique called IN-Motion™. This is what makes this treatment pain free, unlike other laser treatments which can be painful and cause burns and even scars.
You must be thinking; how can hair removal possibly be painful?
In layman’s terms, what makes The Laser Beautiques’ treatment pain free and different from other laser treatments is that conventional lasers use a high burst of energy and a “zap and move” treatment technique which stings.
Most compare it to the feeling of an elastic band snapping on one’s skin. With conventional lasers, the higher the energy, the more painful the sting and the better the efficacy. Therapist would try and treat clients using the highest energy to get best results for their clients. This is why, at a stage, laser treatments got a bad reputation for burning and scarring.
Instead of treating with a very high intensity, In Motion™ technology at The Laser Beautique allows for low, multiple bursts, of energy to gradually increase the treatment intensity. We like explain the difference between old school laser technology to our state-of-the-art laser and treatment technique by using the analogy of having a bath.
If one draws a boiling hot bath and dips in, they will burn, like conventional lasers. BUT if you get into a lukewarm bath and gradually increase the temperature of the water, you can withstand even higher temperature without feeling any pain or discomfort.
Therefore, at The Laser Beautique, we can treat our clients more aggressively, yet painlessly and safely.
This gradual treatment technique is the first of its kind to safely treat ASIAN, AFRICAN and TANNED SKIN TYPES.
There are little to no risk at all. Our lasers are FDA and CE approved. There are a few contraindications, for example, if one is on a high dose of Roaccutane, its best to treat after one has completed their course. We will also not treat any woman who is pregnant or lactating.
This is because laser has never been tested on anyone who is pregnant or lactating not because it can cause any complications.
Here is a complete list of contraindications:
Other contraindications include:
Medications come with side-effects, including those that will make your skin more photosensitive. This means that your skin might react more negatively to change – such as laser hair removal. If this is the case, you might want to think of ways to get around the issue.
For example, taking a break from the problematic medication may be an option or switching to an alternative treatment. Having a discussion with your GP will help determine the right course of action for your needs .
The sun will cause your skin to create more melanin, which is there to protect your skin from damage. However, this can cause your skin colour to become patchy and uneven, which isn’t the best start for laser hair removal.
As a result, your consultant will have to change lasers depending on the condition of your skin at the time of your treatment. This can make it difficult to maintain uniform hair removal and may affect the quality of the results.
In the event of an active or severe sunburn, the procedure cannot go ahead. You’ll be expected to allow the skin to fully heal before returning for your treatment. You should always be given guidance on sun rules with a consultation
People with dark skin shouldn’t be prevented from seeking laser hair removal treatment. However, if you also have a suntan, it’s important that it fades before any laser can get underway.
All the consultant will need to do is change the laser parameters to suite your skin type. They will know which is most suited to your skin type and, if you’re still unsure, a patch test can be carried out on a less obvious part of your body
Keloid scarring occurs when wounds do not heal properly, and they can be especially hazardous to anyone seeking laser hair removal. The skin is usually raised, which can make it vulnerable during the treatment. There are some cases where your consultant might still be able to perform laser hair removal. However, it’s essential that you are aware of the risks and fully informed before coming to a final decision
Areas of the skin where there is a tattoo should be avoided during laser hair removal. This is to minimise skin irritation, as well as any potential aesthetic changes to your tattoo
Lesions, open wounds
Laser hair removal can be especially painful in areas of the body where there are lesions or open wounds. It’s therefore a good idea to postpone the procedure until they’ve fully healed.
The beams can potentially slow down the healing process and lead to additional discomfort. We will refuse to carry out laser hair removal until the lesions have fully healed
Herpes and cold sores
Laser hair removal is possible once the herpes virus is kept under control. However, bear in mind that you will be required to make sure that prescription medication has been taken, and that the condition is in remission before a consultation.
Herpes and cold sores are treated as contagious skin diseases, so don’t be surprised if you’re initially turned away. Once the problem has disappeared, you should be able to undergo the treatment
If you have a mole, you can still undergo laser hair removal. The beams used aren’t on the UV spectrum, so there is so far no evidence to suggest they can change a mole and make it cancerous. However, it is important to keep an eye on any visual alterations that may occur.
If you do see anything suspicious, make sure you inform your GP of the treatment and have it checked as soon as possible. We will not treat over a mole, we will tape the mole. Should you like to remove any hair from a mole, you can have Apilus treatments for permanent removal of hair on an area where there is a mole.
Recent waxing or plucking
Any laser hair removal treatment requires there to be a follicle to target. If you’ve recently plucked or waxed the hair, there won’t be any. It’s usually recommended that you wait two weeks before attempting laser hair removal. Alternatives like shaving or depilatory creams are great to bridge that gap between hair and laser results
Depilatory creams work by dissolving the hair in a chemical substance. This is achieved using keratinocytes, which will not only kill keratin in the hair, but also in the skin. This could be a good alternative to use in between laser treatments, if shaving is not an option, so that the hairs are still available for treatment. Your consultant will advise you
Light seizure induced epilepsy sufferers are usually advised against laser hair removal, unless they have a note authorising the procedure from their GP. If you do decide to go ahead, you should be provided with eye protection that blocks out the light to minimise the likelihood of a
Hirsutism is a genetic condition that sees women experiencing excessive hair growth. The hairs are generally thick and dark, making them easy is to see.
Laser hair removal can be an effective way of getting rid of these unwanted hairs. It is worth bearing in mind that the procedure can take longer for hirsutism sufferers – potentially several months – and it is generally most effective on women with pale skin and dark hair.
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