Laser hair removal is one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures, with the promise of putting an end to waxing, shaving and electrolysis being very tempting. What is perhaps more surprising is 1 in 10 patients is male.
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular laser-based aesthetic procedures since it can provide permanent reduction of unwanted hair. The most common areas treated are the upper lip, chin, bikini line, neck, chest, back, stomach, legs, and underarms. The most popular area requiring treatment by men is the back and shoulders area.
Lasers are well suited for the removal of unwanted hair, because with the right selection of parameters, they can be used as a non-invasive method to disable the hair without damaging the surrounding skin. This is why laser hair removal is fast replacing waxing, shaving and electrolysis as the best method of making us hair free.
Laser Hair Removal is not for everyone. It works best on new hairs that are just starting to grow. This means you will need 6 or sometimes more treatments in the same area to deal with all the hairs as they begin their growth cycle.
What’s more, it probably won't remove 100% of hair permanently, although any re-growth is likely to be paler and weaker. Worst of all, Lasers are targeted at pigmented tissue, so they are not as effective on white, grey or platinum blonde hair.
It also is not pain free with feeling of being lasered often being likened to being flicked with an elastic band or a mild burning sensation.