Removal of Unwanted Hair

Hair covers most of our skin surface. The number of hair follicles is the same in men and women; thus, a woman’s body can potentially be as hairy as man’s. The difference in the visibility of body hair between men and women is caused by hormonal differences: women have much less of the hormone testosterone than men and, consequently, much less visible body hair. Although body hair is physiologically normal, it is often undesirable for aesthetic reasons. Various methods exist for removing or decreasing body hair. The most efficient and cost-effective methods of hair reduction and removal involve laser and light technologies.

 

How Does Laser Hair Reduction “Removal” Work?

Hair contains a pigment, melanin, which gives it colour. This pigment can preferentially absorb certain spectra of light. Thus, laser or BBL can be used to destroy these pigment-containing hair. As skin also contains melanin, care must be taken to choose the type of laser that will destroy the melanin-containing hair preferentially, while sparing the surrounding skin.

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How Efficient Is “Laser Hair Removal”?

Although each individual is different and their bodies react differently to the treatment, generally only hair in active growth phase can be destroyed during treatment with any laser or light-based technology.  This represents, on average, 20% of body hair at any given time. Thus, multiple treatment sessions are required to remove the bulk of body hair. Also, you may produce new visible body hair as you age, so really, “hair removal” is never 100%; hence the more appropriate term: “laser hair reduction”.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Areas Do People Ask For To Have Hair Removed?

Popular areas include: face, chin and neck, arms, back, chest, bikini line/”Brazilian Line”, and thighs and legs.

Why People Prefer Laser Hair Removal Than Other Methods?

Laser technology to reduce hair has become a popularly demanded service since the 1990s on areas including face, chest and abdomen, legs and the “bikini line”/”Brazilian line”. Laser hair removal is the process of hair removal through the exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. Compared to shaving, laser technology covers a larger area at a time. It is also much less painful than waxing (ouch!) as the targeted area is numbed before and after the treatment. Moreover, results can last three to six months or longer before hair grows back visibly.

What Type Of Laser Do You Use?

We use a Nd:Yag laser with 1064nm wavelength.

Does Your Laser Work On Pale/Dark Skin Tone? Is It Safe?

We use a Nd:Yag laser with 1064nm wavelength, which is the longest wavelength used for laser hair removal which has minimal effect on surrounding tissues, and as such it is the deepest-reaching while also being the safest laser to use on any skin of colour. It has been shown clinically to target black hair in patients with dark skin or light-coloured hair on pale skin tone with success.

Am I A Good Candidate Of Laser Hair Removal?

The laser we use (Nd:Yag laser with 1064nm wavelength, which has minimal effect on surrounding tissues while also being the safest laser to use on any skin of colour) is safely operated by our experienced medical professional. Most people are good candidates of this procedure. To assess your candidacy, please schedule a consultation appointment with us.

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