Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is without a doubt the most effective long-term solution to unwanted hair all over the body, and it is particularly effective on the delicate skin around the bikini area.

Cosmetic Doctor Dublin operate a Laser Suite with a variety of laser devices that can treat a number of different skin and hair types – something you will not find in a high-street laser salon.

Most women have found themselves locked into a time consuming, uncomfortable regime of waxing, shaving or using depilatory creams on their bikini area – all these methods need constant repeat treatments; are difficult to manage at home, and leave the sensitive skin in the area at risk for ingrown hairs and unsightly red bumps.

Benefits of laser hair removal

Precision: Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

Speed: Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

Predictability: Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks.

Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment.

That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimetres above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the colour, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin colour.

Depending on the laser or light source used, you and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.

Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.

All lasers at Cosmetic Doctor have in-built cooling systems for maximum patient comfort, but a pain levels are subjective to each patient, you may ask about taking a paracetamol (not ibuprofen – it increases bruising risks) before treatment.

You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You’ll get treatments until hair stops growing.

Recovery and Risks

For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help.

Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the colour of the treated skin.

Blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions. Other potential side effects are swelling, redness, and scarring. Permanent scarring or changes in skin colour are rare.

Laser Hair Removal at Cosmetic Doctor Dublin

To find out more, call Cosmetic Doctor Dublin on 01 685 3100 or visit our Laser Hair Removal page.