There are several locations where you can get laser hair removal, but it’s a process that should only be administered by a skilled; trained laser technician.
Cosmetic Doctor is a doctor-led clinic, operating a Laser Suite with high quality, medical grade equipment. Your hair and skin type must be taken into consideration, and when you’re targeting an area such as the bikini line; the skin is delicate and sensitive.
Many women constantly wax or shave the bikini line- the danger is ingrown hairs, which are not only uncomfortable but form unsightly red bumps that you really don’t want around your bikini bottoms!
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal beams highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. It’s attracted to the pigment in the hair (melanin) and when it finds that pigment, it becomes heat energy and destroys the follicle in a process called selective thermolysis.
This means surrounding tissue is undamaged; the laser only seeks the ‘coloured’ hair; the pigment in the hair absorbs the light and so the follicle is destroyed.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal for Bikini Line
- 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 two euro coin every second.
- Predictability: Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions of laser hair removal
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a medical process; it should only be performed by skilled technicians. You must make sure not to tan – either real or fake tan – as this ‘confuses’ the laser when it’s looking for the dark pigment in the hair.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, shaving or waxing for several 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.
You’ll need a course of treatments to ensure all the hairs get ‘zapped’ in their growth phase, and not all of your hairs are in the same phase at the same time.
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it’s a bit sunburned. You’ll be given complete instructions both before and after treatment so you’ll know exactly what to do and what to expect.
To book a treatment, call Cosmetic Doctor on 01 685 3100.