Spring is finally here, and with summer just around the corner, many people are gearing up to shed their winter clothes and show off some skin. However, for those who struggle with razor burn, ingrown hairs, and other skin woes associated with traditional hair removal methods, this time of year can be a source of anxiety and frustration. Fortunately, there is a solution that can help you achieve smooth, hair-free skin without the hassle and discomfort of shaving, waxing, or plucking: laser hair removal.
We have updated our Laser Hair Removal Laser service with a brand-new device featuring advanced diode laser technology, which offers a more targeted approach on stubborn hair follicles. It also allows us to treat darker skin types, faster and more efficiently.
We are also excited by a very special new handpiece to treat smaller problem areas like outer ear canals and even nostrils!
Avoid common skin issues associated with other forms of hair removal including PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) caused by folliculitis and ingrown hairs by benefitting from effective and long-lasting hair reduction with our new technology.
Let us help you get rid of unwanted hair, and prevent inflammation, pigmentation, and scarring.
If you’re considering booking a hair removal laser session, it’s important to know what to expect before, during, and after the treatment. We’ve spoken to the Eudelo Medical Aestheticians to get their expert advice.
Before the treatment
Before you start your hair removal laser course, a patch test is an essential step. It involves exposing a small area of skin, usually in a similar body area where the treatment will take place. A few shots of the laser are applied in a painless manner, which is essential not only for the safety of your skin but to also see how your follicles respond to different settings, allowing the Medical Aesthetician to define the best settings for the rest of your course. Patch testing must be completed at least 72h prior to your appointment.
We recommend shaving the area 24 hours prior to each laser session (there will quickly be less and less hair to shave as time goes on, don’t worry!). This is so that the laser light is guided into the root of the hair, where the effects take place, rather than being lost in the hair shaft. Please note that you should not use any other means of hair removal during your laser course, as there needs to be the hair follicle (‘root’) present in the dermal papillae in order for the laser to work.
It is imperative to avoid sun exposure, sun beds, and self-tanning preparations in the treatment area for a minimum of four weeks prior to and during your laser hair removal course.
It’s also important to note that if there have been any changes in your health, medication, supplements, or skincare, it is important to inform the Medical Aesthetician to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
Furthermore, harsh skincare products such as retinol, tretinoin, glycolic acid, or other acid-containing products should be avoided on the skin for five to seven days before each scheduled session.
If you have dark skin, it will be advised to use an anti-pigment serum or anti-pigment body lotion (we will recommend which product exactly) daily for six to eight weeks prior to help minimise the risk of adverse effects and improve the overall results of laser hair removal. That’s because hair removal lasers works best, if there is a good contrast between skin colour and hair colour.
During the treatment
Your therapist will welcome you, bringing you through to our fully equipped laser room. They will ask about the experience with your patch test and examine your skin. The Medical Aesthetician will ask you to lie down on a medical couch, providing towels to cover up, in order to make sure you feel completely comfortable.
If the treatment is for your underarm area, you may want to come prepared with a sleeveless, strappy top but we will happily provide a fresh gown if needed. The Medical Aesthetician will leave the room while you change, giving you privacy.
During the treatment, the Medical Aesthetician will first clean the skin with a special disinfectant, outline the treatment area with a stencil, and then apply a cooling, conductive gel.
Now for the laser treatment itself, this may feel like a gentle flick from an elastic band, or could just feel a little warm, depending which treatment mode and energy is used. A small area such as above the upper lip only takes a minute, but for larger body areas such a the legs, it may take a little longer to complete the session. After your treatment is complete, the Medical Aesthetician will clean the area again and apply a calming aloe vera gel or SPF so you can carry on with your day.
After the treatment
It is important to take proper care of your skin after the laser treatment to ensure optimal results. You should avoid using any harsh products on the treated skin area for at least 5-7 days post-treatment, as these can cause irritation and redness.
Overall, it is recommended to follow your Medical Aestheticians’ instructions for skincare products that may be beneficial to aid the treatment process. It is crucial to apply SPF 50 every day for a minimum of one month (preferably three months!), to avoid post-treatment issues for example.
Top tip – For best results and to avoid post-inflammatory pigmentation, apply an anti-pigment serum or body lotion for 6-8 weeks prior and after each treatment session.
Also, avoid exposing the treated area to heat such as hot baths or saunas for at least two weeks after each session, and not to scratch or pick at the skin.
While investing in a laser course for hair removal may seem like a financial commitment, in the long-term benefits will make it worthwhile for those seeking a longer lasting and convenient hair removal solution.
Start your journey to beautifully smooth legs and underarms by booking a complimentary Discovery Consultation on 020 7118 9500 to find how our hair removal laser can work for you.
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