IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SAFE?

 

Lisa Mason, Director of Medical Standards at sk:n

"Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method of removing unwanted body and facial hair, with long-lasting results. The side effects of laser hair removal are usually mild and temporary. Most people will experience some redness and irritation after treatment, which usually dissipates after a couple of days at the most. This can be treated with a soothing aloe vera-based gel or moisturiser."

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Laser Hair Removal Safety at sk:n

  • We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission:
    sk:n is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, the same organisation that oversees hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, so you can rest assured our clinics meet strict health and safety requirements. 

  • You will be treated by a qualified practitioner:
    Our team of practitioners is put through industry-leading training and each clinic is assigned a dedicated Medical Director (a qualified doctor). 

  • We use the latest laser technology:
    We use state-of-the-art lasers to deliver our laser hair removal treatments, offering effective, long-lasting results. 

Darker Skin Tones

Years ago, laser hair removal technology predominantly worked on pale skin with dark hair. Olive, Asian and black-skinned people were usually advised against the treatment because the light energy is attracted to pigment, so they were at risk of burning the skin surrounding the hairs being treated. However, more up-to-date laser hair removal technology can be adjusted to different wavelengths so the skin doesn’t absorb the light as much, making it safe for all skin tones. NDYAG lasers are usually safest for darker skin types. 

Medication & Laser Hair Removal

Some types of drugs can cause light sensitivity in the skin, increasing the likelihood of you burning during laser hair removal treatment, or leaving you with hyperpigmentation (dark patches on the skin). These include some antibiotics, anti inflammatories, acne medication, and some types of medication prescribed for cancer and diabetes. For this reason, it’s important to provide information on all medication you are currently taking before you have treatment - even if you don’t believe it’s relevant. 

Unregulated Providers

One of the main dangers with laser hair removal is unscrupulous, unregulated providers. Be sure to choose a provider or clinic that is regulated by the Care Quality Commission or other relevant regulatory body. This way, you can be assured the practitioner carrying out the treatment has met minimum training requirements and that the clinic meets the appropriate health, safety and hygiene standards. Never trust an unregulated or unregistered provider to deliver laser hair removal treatment. The lasers used are powerful and should only be handled by a qualified, skilled professional.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL FAQs

Is laser hair removal safe for sensitive skin?

Yes. Laser hair removal can be used on sensitive skin types. Most people experience a little redness around the treated area and you should therefore avoid sun exposure - regardless of whether you have sensitive skin or not - after treatment. Many people with sensitive skin find waxing and shaving irritating, so permanent hair removal with laser may actually be a more comfortable solution to address unwanted hair growth.

Is laser hair removal safe for a brazilian?

Yes. Laser is a very precise form of hair removal procedure and so can be used to remove as much or as little hair from any part of the body. 

Is it safe to have laser treatments if you have a sun tan?

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicle. The greater the contrast between the colour of your skin and the colour of your hair, the easier it is for the laser to target the individual hairs. However, this doesn’t mean that if you have a sun tan you can’t have laser hair removal - you just need to tell your practitioner so they can adjust the settings of the laser accordingly. 

Is laser hair removal safe for my bikini line?

Yes. Laser hair removal for your bikini area is completely safe. It works in the same way as anywhere else on the body; i.e. it destroys the hair follicle, permanently removing unwanted hair in the bikini area. 

Is laser hair removal safe for my face?

Yes. Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair on the face, including the upper lip, chin, jawline, cheeks - pretty much anywhere you have unwanted hairs. This makes it a useful solution for people who suffer from ingrown hairs as these can be unsightly and painful, particularly on the face. 

Further Reading On Laser Hair Removal

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