Laser hair removal is used to significantly reduce hair growth by up to 90%.
It is predominantly used to treat unwanted body hair. Typical areas include, upper lip, underarms, bikini line, legs and arms.
The ideal candidates for laser hair removal are those with very fair skin and very dark, coarse hair. Those with red, blonde, grey, or white hair and those with very fine hair, aren’t suitable for laser hair removal. Instead, electrolysis would be a good alternative.
Laser may not be suitable if you have darker skin tones. This is due to the melanin in the skin absorbing the energy from the laser, rather than it targeting the pigments in the hair. This could lead to hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Some practitioners are highly experienced in treating those with darker skin tones using a specific laser called a Nd:YAG. They will spot test your skin to determine your suitability.
Laser is not suitable if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- are on or have recently finished a course of isotretinoin medication in the last 6 months
- have an active infection in the area to be treated
- have a known sensitivity to light
- are taking St John's Wort
Laser may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.