Is laser hair removal safe?
Data publikacji: 18.02.2019
Ostatnia modyfikacja: 18.06.2020
Hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic activities used by women. You can remove unwanted hair in many ways: with a razor, wax, creams, a special shaver and a laser. Below, we will take a closer look at the method of laser hair removal and answer the questions whether the treatment is completely safe for skin and health and whether it pays off.
An effective method of hair removal, whose effects last longer, is at a premium for women. Safe cosmetic procedures help get rid of unwanted hair, leaving the skin soft and smooth for a long time. Recommended treatments are: hair removal with wax and laser hair removal that is gaining more and more interest.
What does the procedure look like?
Before performing the first laser hair removal treatment, it is necessary to consult a cosmetologist. During the meeting, an interview is conducted and the condition of the skin and hair is assessed. Based on the collected information, the specialist is able to properly adjust the laser parameters to specific needs to make this method fully safe. If, during the first meeting, no contraindications are found for the procedure, a test is performed.
The laser allows hair removal from almost every part of the body. Properly adjusted power of the device allows you to reduce hair on the chest, back, thighs, around the bikini, hands, armpits, moustache and others. The only place where the procedure is not allowed are male genitals – as the laser may damage the testicles.
When can you safely proceed to the procedure?
-no fresh sun tan – the person to be treated should not sunbathe for at least a month before undegoing the procedure
-the skin cannot be dry and irritated – no use of depilatory creams, ointments containing vitamins A, C, retinol, isotretinoin, fruit acids, skin irritants and the like – 4 weeks before the planned treatment
-no skin irritation due to injury
Recommendations after the procedure:
-immediately after the procedure, do not use any agents that may cause additional skin irritation: soaps, cosmetics based on alcohol, tonics based on deodorants
-the skin is best cleaned with clean water
-do not use deodorants and antiperspirants, instead you can use creams with allantoin or dexpanthenol,
-the skin after the procedure should be washed gently and softly dried with a clean, soft towel which does not cause irritation
-avoid strong sun and do not tan the skin for 2 weeks after the procedure
-the procedure should be repeated every 4 to 8 weeks as needed
The course of laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a safe and fully professional hair removal technique in which the properties of light and their action on matter are used. The right wavelength and laser power damages the hair root without damaging the skin and the epidermis.
Interesting fact: The best effects of the treatment are obtained with thicker hair with darker colour. This relationship is caused by the absorption properties of melanin.
The process of performing the treatment begins basically the day before it. The place where the procedure is to be performed should be properly prepared. Gently remove hair with a razor so as not to damage any of its fragments.
After the initial interview, the place is exposed to light. During the procedure, you may experience slight discomfort in the form of pain or burning depending on the innervation of a specific body part. The depilation time depends on the surface of the place. After the procedure, it is recommended to properly care for irritated skin and apply soothing and moisturising substances.
-fresh sun tan or solarium
-taking photosensitising drugs
-tendency to discolouration
-skin diseases – albinism, psoriasis, keloids, bullous dermatitis
-active skin infections
-skin irritation resulting from hair removal with wax, tweezers or depilator
Mechanism of laser action
Lasers used to remove hair cause local damage to melanin in the hair follicle, i.e. the area where hair growth occurs. During the procedure, there is only interference in the hair bulb, the skin around it is not heated. Melanin is the main chromophore for current depilatory lasers. Melanin is responsible for skin and hair colour and its composition depends on the nature of the substrate in the body and largely on where they are formed. In human hair we meet two types of melanin and they are: eumelanin – responsible for brown or black colour, and pheomelanin with a yellow-red pigment.
The main advantages of the procedure
The main and one of the most important advantages of laser hair removal are long-lasting effects. The method used allows you to slow down the regrowth of the hair that has been removed with a laser. In addition, we reduce the risk of irritation caused by hair removal with a razor or wax almost to a minimum. The effects are long-lasting, and if you take into account the costs spent on skin care cosmetics for depilation and after depilation, in the long run this type of treatment can be much more profitable.
Is laser hair removal safe?
With proper skin preparation for the procedure and following any cosmetologist’s recommendations, hair removal with a professional laser is completely safe. However, you must remember to share your doubts with the cosmetologist, inform her about your skin care, treatments and illnesses.
The procedure for removing unwanted hair with a professional laser is by far the most effective method, giving long-lasting and satisfactory results for both women and men. Proper preparation, specialist consultation and appropriate equipment allow non-invasive removal of the problem and enjoy soft and smooth skin for longer.