UNDERSTANDING LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser hair removal is an aesthetic medical procedure that offers a permanent reduction of hair and delivers excellent results for many areas of the body. At Epilium & Skin we use high setting and advanced lasers to treat all skin types from light to dark.
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. The more melanin the more effective the laser will be.
This is why white, grey or blonde hair does not provide good indications for laser hair removal.
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.
What areas can cause paradoxical hair stimulation?
Nowadays, laser hair removal technologies can treat a majority of areas with hair that we consider unsightly.
Laser can easily treat the legs , the underarms, the bikini with parameters adapted to each particular but it is necessary to note that it is not the same for all the parts of the body.
Some areas require particular vigilance on the part of the practitioner during the first consultation. A laser treatment on a downy, fine and clear hair (vellus), may cause a paradoxical regrowth also called stimulation.
This phenomenon is characterized by the transformation of the vellus hair into a thick/coarse hair follicle or by an escalated production of hairs in the previously treated area that were not present previously.
In conclusion, the heat of the laser tends to transform the vellus hair into visible thick unwanted hair.
Thus, there are sensitive areas that can following laser treatment to undergo this side effect. The Epilium experts tell you all there is to know about these delicate areas.
Which hair removal areas are affected by this side effect?
Areas of laser hair removal at risk in women
On the face, it is not recommended to treat the forehead, cheekbones, temples, sideburns and the jawline.
On the body, it does not efficiently treat the upper arms, chest, stomach, lower back and buttocks.
Nevertheless, if the practitioner finds that the hair is dense and the hair is thick/coarse enough, some laser hair removal sessions can be considered.
The alternative option will be treatment by electrolysis hair removal sessions.
In areas with high hormonal concentrations, the result may not be satisfactory also.
In young people with highly developed hair growth, we recommend that you start the treatment after performing a hormonal assessment and with the prior consent of your endocrinologist.
Laser hair removal areas at risk for male
On the face , it is better to treat cheekbones directly with electrolysis because this area is particularly fluffy. The risk is to turn the vellus hairs into coarse hair by the heat that emanates from the laser. This will result in a much better and defined result.
As for the shoulders and the back , it is better to wait until you are least 30 years of age to start a laser hair removal course. Hormonal changes continue until late in humans, so that before age 40, the results are not satisfactory. Maintenance sessions will be necessary until hormonal maturity is established.
In the case that the hair is thick and dense, we can practice a few sessions of laser hair removal to obtain a decrease of thickness. If there are fine and scattered hairs, it is possible to finish the treatment with the electrolysis for an optimal result.
If the hairs are thin and scattered, it is best to start right away with an electrolysis hair removal course.
For the hair of the lower back, it is also better not to treat before 30 years of age and to wait until the hair stabilization is mature for a better result.
If that bothers you, you can practice a few sessions of laser hair removal knowing that up to 40 years, maintenance sessions will be necessary about once a year.
Free consultation at Epilium & Skin London
Each case is individualized and we advise you to make an appointment with our specialists.
It is during this first free consultation that our technician after having studied your skin and your hair, will establish a personalized assessment and will advise you or not to start a treatment.