Understanding Laser Hair Removal
The facts about permanent hair removal
Hair removal by laser has been around for 10 years and during that time it has proved to be the most effective method of delivering long term benefits. Today, using a medical laser to remove hair from specific parts or the whole body is the safest and easiest solution to your hair growth problems.
At the Epilium centre located in the heart of London, we offer prospective patients the opportunity to view an informative video and fact file that will tell you all you need to know about laser hair removal.
In scientific terms, the medical laser produces a light beam at a prescribed wavelength which is targeted at the melanin pigment of the hair.
It is the melanin that absorbs the energy from the laser, converting it into heat which is then transmitted by conduction to the hair bulb.
This heat destroys the structure in the bulb and stops further hair growth. Once the bulb has been destroyed, it is almost impossible for future growth to take place. 80% to 95% of hair is removed during the treatment, although this does depend on the patient’s age and the area to be treated.
It is worth noting that in 10% of cases, the treatment does not work, even if patients show a good indication for treatment. These people have what is called ‘non-responsive melanin’. Normally this is detected by the end of the 3rd session when the consultant assesses the treatment delivered to date.
Some areas of the body are more difficult to treat, including the back, which requires a greater number of sessions. Sometimes the results are good but can be incomplete and therefore there will be a need for maintenance sessions once or twice a year.
Laser hair removal is a complex and variable process. We encourage you to make an appointment for a free consultation during which one of our consultants can discuss a personalised treatment programme.
It is important to remember that laser hair removal is a medical procedure, which can only be performed by a specialist within an appropriately equipped medical centre setting.