Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair removal can be time consuming and often a daily chore we could all do without. Facial hair can cause distress and effect confidence. At the West of England Laser Centre we can tackle unwanted facial hair in a discreet and professional manor using a Ruby laser.

Laser Hair Removal

The hair removing (Ruby) laser produces short pulses of laser light that is selectively absorbed by the dark pigment (melanin) contained within the hair shaft and root. The heat generated upon absorption of the laser energy is sufficient to vapourise the hair and disable the root preventing further growth from that follicle.

The Procedure

Unlike electrolysis, individual hairs do not need to be specifically targeted, but rather the skin bearing the offending hairs is totally “covered” with laser, delivered in a series of pulses that cause a mild stinging of the skin. The discomfort is generally well tolerated but ice packs can be applied during treatment to minimise the discomfort.

Immediately after treatment, the skin may become a little red and sore although this usually settles within a day or two. On occasions, some blistering and crusting may develop which takes a little longer to resolve.

How Effective is Treatment?

The laser will only affect those hair follicles that are in the active growth phase. As at any one time, only 50-80% of hairs are growing, repeat treatments, usually at 1-2 month intervals will be necessary to achieve any significant effect. However, even after one treatment, most patients find that they are hair-free for one to two months, and that when the hair does return, its growth is slower and less dense and the hair finer. The individual response to treatment can be extremely variable and so it is impossible to predict how many treatments will be required to achieve a permanent significant effect.

Is Treatment Suitable for Everyone?

As the laser relies on absorption by the pigment within the hair, it is most effective on dark hair. Blonde, white, ginger and grey hair generally respond poorly.

Is Treatment Safe?

As with any laser treatment, there is a risk of scarring or pigment change that can be permanent, although this is extremely small. Individuals with very dark skin may also not be suitable for treatment because the increased pigment within the skin will also absorb the laser energy that can then result in unwanted side-effects.

Costs

The cost of treatment depends upon the area (and therefore the time taken) to be treated but starts from £225 per treatment.

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