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How long does laser hair removal last?

10th January 2013

Laser Hair Removal is a non-invasive medical procedure which, if administered by skin expert dermatologists, can lead to permanent hair removal.

An intensified light - the laser - is beamed on to the hair follicle, causing a heat reaction. This destroys the hair, although if it is not caught at the right growth time, can grow back at a later date.

This initial re-growth gives the impression that laser treatment is not permanent, but in fact, the treatment usually needs between 3 and 5 sessions about 4-6 weeks apart in order to catch the hairs at their different growth phases.

In most clinics, around 90% of patients achieve permanent hair loss after this number of sessions. sk:n clinics have a 98% success rate for laser hair removal, which puts them at the very top of the game.

The technique is a very precise procedure and the above success rates can only be achieved when the treatment is applied by a healthcare professional in a clinical setting.

The most common immediate result is for the treated area of skin to appear sunburned. This is a normal reaction, due to the concentrated light energy which has been applied to the skin and can be dealt with through moisturising and applying a cool (not ice) compress to it. In most cases, it should be possible to apply make up on the day following treatment. Blistering can occur, particularly for those who have a darker skin tone and hair colour, but is much less likely. Permanent scarring is very rare.

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