Indications & Risks
Having dark hair and light skin is the ideal combination to achieve successful laser hair removal. For the best results, thick dark hair (containing a high rate of melanin) on a clear or lightly pigmented skin will achieve the best results.
Between 5 and 7 sessions are recommended to achieve maximum results.
Light colour hair (blonde / dark grey / light brown) is difficult to target because of the reduced levels of melanin. In this situation, we recommend 2 to 3 sessions to test the efficacy of the treatment programme.
Those patients with white hair are unsuitable for hair removal by laser, as there is no melanin present.
The majority of our patients come to us for cosmetic reasons. However, we should not neglect the curative benefits of laser hair removal such as:
- Hirsutism which is manifested by excessive hairiness. Where there is no hormonal imbalance, localised laser treatment can be beneficial.
- Hypertrichosis, where the treatment destroys the hair follicle.
- Folliculitis of the beard, underarms or bikini line due to shaving and friction. The laser prevents re-occurrence of infection.
- Treatment of ingrown hairs that cause painful infections sometimes followed by permanent scars. Using a laser destroys the hair thereby treating the cause and limiting re-occurrence.
- During puberty as new follicles are being created and hair grows faster more sessions may be required.