If shaving, tweezing or waxing to remove unwanted hair is becoming something of a dreaded chore – laser hair removal may be a solution you should look into. Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular solution for the modern day shaving woes. As one of the most popular non-surgical treatments offered in the UK and U.S – it is clearly a highly ranked treatment with clientele.
Like with just about everything, you get what you pay for. This treatment is provided at Elanic in Glasgow and if you have looked already, you may have noticed our prices are a little higher than those offered elsewhere. However, this is because they use less successful lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light) devices. We believe that if you are taking matters into your hands and paying for a permanent and effective treatment to conquer the battle against unwanted hair and stubble; you should be treated by highly trained practitioners using some of the most advanced laser technology in a safe and effective manner. For our personal testimonials, click here.
So What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its colour, the highest concentration of melanin is actually in the heir bulbs (where the hairs grow from). Laser hair removal works by using a specific wavelength of laser light – this laser light is absorbed by the pigments in the follicles and destroys the hairs. Basically, the hairs pick up the most energy and heat when the laser is shone onto the skin. Sufficient heat on the follicles destroys the cells and prevents hair regrowth.
However… This only works if the hairs are in an active growth phase. Treatment is repeated every month for between six and eight treatments because only about a third of all hairs are in an active growth phase at any time.
The Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal
Removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, arms, bikini line, underarms and other areas – there are a multitude of benefits from opting for this treatment.
Accuracy: While leaving the surrounding skin undamaged, the laser treatment is able to selectively target dark, coarse hairs with an outstanding correctness.
Speed: Treating multiple hairs in just a fraction of a second, this treatment is renowned for its speed. Small areas such as the upper lip can take as little as a minute or up to an hour for larger areas such at the back or legs.
Predictable: While predictable isn’t a word we often associate with good things – this treatment provides permanent hair loss after an average of 6-8 sessions. Therefore as a potential client you know what to expect and how to plan around your procedure.
How To Prepare
It is important to check through the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure before you commit because this treatment is more than just “zapping” unwanted hair. It’s a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks.
Try to limit or even avoid where possible, waxing, plucking, electrolysis and any other short term hair removal for the six weeks running up to your treatment. Hair roots are where the laser targets and these roots are removed during temporarily during waxing or plucking – therefore by carrying these tasks out in the run up to the treatment, you decrease its effectiveness and hinder the results.
It is also advisable to avoid sun exposure for six weeks BEFORE and AFTER – Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
What To Expect
The laser equipment will be adjusted accordingly to be compatible with the colour, thickness and location of the unwanted hair being treated as well as the colour of your skin. Also, just before the treatment, your hair being treated will be trimmed to a few millimetres above the skin surface prior to any equipment adjustments.
Why Choose Elanic?
Lasers are powerful devices and by their very nature can cause injury and scarring if used incorrectly. On our team is one of Scotland’s most qualified laser practitioners. Vivek Sivarajan has more than 13 years of laser experience and has lectured around the world. For more information, click here.