Am I suitable for laser hair removal?
For laser hair removal to work their are a few things you must have to make you suitable for treatment.
Most importantly, you must have dark hair?
Hair must contain some level of brown pigment (melanin) to respond to laser. Blonde, grey or red hair will not respond therefore cannot be treated. It is important to allow some hair to be present in the treatment area on the day of your consultation so we can check it to see if it is suitable for treatment.
Laser will work best when thick, brown/black hair is present in the treatment area as there is a bulk source of melanin contained within the hair for the laser to successfully target it. Laser will also target medium to fine dark hairs but these hairs may be slower to respond.
Skin type doesn’t matter … but …
It may take more sessions to achieve a result on a darker skin. Darker skin contains an abundance of Melanin so a different wavelenght of laser is needed so that the skin is protected. In order to keep darker skins safe we use an ND:Yag laser which filters the laser energy into the skin while protecting it. Because this wavelenght works on with longer pulse durations it is more gentle on the skin while still targeting the hair.
Some medications will prevent treatment
Many medications are fine to take when having laser treatment . However some are not suitable to take while having laser hair removal as they can cause the skin to become sensitive to light (photosensitive) these can cause changes at a cellular level within the skin. These types of medication cannot be taken while having laser treatment. If you are currently taking any medication and would like to know if you are suitable, please contact us and we can confirm if you are suitable or not. In certain circumstances we may advise you to inform your GP that you are starting treatment and ask for a letter of consent to begin treatment, this is to ensure we are 100% safe to proceed.
We operate under strict guidelines for your safety and ask if your medical circumstances change during the course of your treatments you let us know as soon as possible so that we can be sure it’s safe for you to proceed with further treatments.
At Urbana your safety comes first.
No tan present, real or fake
Your skin must be free from tan (including fake tan) to be safely treated with laser. This is essential to ensure you receive a safe and effective treatment.
When we tan our skin cells produce Melanin, this is a very important process as it protects our internal DNA structures beneath our skin.
The light, heat and energy omitted by the lasers we use targets and absorbs into Melanin. The Laser cannot tell the difference between Melanin in the hair and stimulated Melanin (from tanning) in the skin, the laser will target the pigment in the exact same way and will heat up the two structures to the exact same temperature causing damage to the fragile skin structure. Melanocyte cells are located in the basal or deepest layer of your skin where the hair is also located, if a treatment is performed when melanocytes have been activated (from tanning) the laser will stimulate the pigment and bring it to the surface of the skin causing the surface of the skin to darken and become pigmented.
If you are undergoing a course of treatments with us and happen go on holidays in-between your treatments we will insist on a re-patch test approx 6-8 weeks after you return from holiday. For safety reasons we will not continue with any further treatment unless this patch test has been done and is deemed safe.
Sensitive skin can be treated … but …
Sensitive skins can be treated very effectively but with lower laser energy settings to start. We always insist on a patch test before starting laser we are able to establish a suitable setting for your skin type, this will put your mind at ease to as it will determine if your sensitive skin is suitable or not.
If you have this skin type you may notice that you will be sensitive for a little longer than the usual 24-48hr, but any side effects from the laser mainly redness (erythema) or swelling of the follicles (follicular odema) should subside over the subsequent days after treatment.
It is important after laser, if you notice any changes or prolonged effects on your skin, that you make us aware so that we can ensure your skin safety.
We make sure you are suitable for laser hair removal before you start
When you come in to see us for your laser hair removal consultation we will assess your treatment area to make sure you are suitable for laser hair removal treatment. We believe in being completely honest with you and will only recommend you start treatment if we feel it will work for you. We will try to take everything into consideration and give you advice and put in place a personalised treatment plan for you. We also monitor your results and you are free to book in for a treatment assessment at any stage through your course should you have any concerns about your treatment,
If you have any further questions regarding your suitability for laser hair removal, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team of hair removal specialists are on hand to answer any of your questions.