Laser Hair Removal – Your Questions Answered

If you are in the north London, Welwyn and Hatfield area and have been considering laser hair removal treatments, you are in the right place! Here at BeauSynergy, we have been performing permanent laser hair removal at our Hertfordshire clinic for 11 years.

Here, we will answer some of the most common questions that people ask us when looking for permanent hair removal. If you like what you read, or have any questions we can help with, why not give us a call and speak to our expert team who can advise you on the best laser hair removal treatments for you?

Is Laser Lair Removal Painful?

This is probably the most common question asked of people who are contemplating laser hair removal. Of course, the answer is varied, because of everyone’s individual tolerance for discomfort! But generally, the answer is no, it isn’t painful at all! Depending on the part of your body being treated, you may feel some slight discomfort as the laser is applied. New technological developments mean that the laser hair removal devices used are painless, fast and effective. In fact, most people wish they had done it years ago when they realise how comfortable the treatment actually is.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

While laser hair removal is considered a permanent form of hair removal, you may find the odd hair or two growing back some months after your treatment. This is because this form of hair removal works to permanently kill the active hair follicles that are responsible for your growing body hair. The odd “brand-new” hair follicle may appear post treatment and these can be removed by laser or wax or even left alone. But, be assured that any hair will not grow back as thick or as dense as it was before your hair removal treatments.

Does Laser Hair Removal Work for all Skin and Hair Colours?

Laser hair removal can work on most skin tones and hair colour. A patch test and short consultation is imperative so that the laser technician can make an accurate and realistic judgement on whether the hair removal solution will work for the individual. The worst-case scenario for a successful treatment is blond hair or dark hair on dark skin tone.  The treatment works best for people with dark hair and fair skin, but variants close to this can also be very successful. As a laser clinic we understand perfectly which combinations of skin tone and hair colour work best. We also know it is vital that any skin has not been tanned from the sun. Tanned skin will give the effect of darker skin and so the 100% removal of the hair follicles will not be as good as those skins which are not tanned.

How Many Sessions will I need?

It depends. Most people start seeing results after just two hair removal treatments, where a reduction in the speed of  hair growth and the amount of hair re-growing can be observed. After four sessions, the reduction in hair growth will be dramatic for virtually everyone. Most people require between 6-8 sessions for optimal results. This is why our package deals on our Elision laser hair removal treatments include six sessions. They are discounted heavily against the cost of individual treatments.

How Often do I need the Treatments?

The question is often asked “how often do I need laser hair removal“? Well, the normal cycle of hair growth is between 4 – 6 weeks. By your second appointment for the hair removal treatment you will have a great understanding of the speed of hair growth. Some people’s hair grows slower than others and so will need longer between treatments. A hair removal salon such as BeauSynergy, would recommend 6 – 8 treatments to see 99% of hair treated, removed permanently.

How Long does the Laser Hair Removal Treatment take?

The length of time taken to have the laser hair removal treatment will depend on the area or areas treated. A lip or chin will take around 5 minutes whereas a full pair of legs may take as long as 90 minutes. A Brazilian or Hollywood treatment would take around 30 minutes and a man’s back around 45 – 60 minutes, depending on his size.

Stages of hair growth

  • Anagen – growing phase

Anagen is the longest phase and can last for 3 – 5 years on your head. The anagen phase for eyebrows and pubic hairs is much shorter than the scalp hairs. At any time, 90% of the hairs on your head are in the anagen phase.

  • Catagen – transition phase

The Catagen phase starts when the anagen phase ends and lasts around 10 days. In this phase the hair follicles shrink, and growth slows. The hair separates from the bottom of the hair follicle but remains in its position during the last stages of growing.

  • Telogen – resting phase

The Telogen phase lasts around 3 months. Around 10 – 15% of your scalp hairs are in this telogen phase. Here the hairs don’t grow or fall out. New hairs start to form in follicles that have just released hairs during the catagen phase.

  • Exogen – shedding phase

The Exogen phase is an extension to the telogen stage of hair growth. Here the hair is shed from the scalp, helped by washing and brushing. 50 – 100 hairs per day are lost during the exogen phase. New hairs grow in the follicles during this phase.

What is the Best Time to Start?

Of course, it is more normal for us to have more of our skin exposed during the winter months. Therefore, the ideal and best time to have laser hair removal is in the months prior to Spring and Summer. As an example, if you need 6 treatments to remove almost all your hair and you need to have 6 weeks between treatments, then the maths are simple. 6 multiplied by 6 = 36 weeks. So, if the warm weather is beginning in May then a suggestion would be to start your treatment not too much later than November, the year before.

Where Should you Remove Hair on your Body?

Hair can be significantly reduced permanently on any area of the body. We would however not recommend asking for the area around the eyes to be lasered. These should be waxed or tweezered. There is the risk of eye damage, which is why specific laser protection goggles will be given to you to wear during all laser treatments.  The most popular areas to have hair permanently reduced and removed by laser are the underarms, the lips, the back, the neck, the bottom, the legs, the hands, the feet, the labia and pubic area (for women), the anus (for women). The bikini line, the g string, the Brazilian and the Hollywood are also very common in ladies and transgender people visiting for laser hair removal.

Can Men and Trans have Permanent Hair Removal?

It is not uncommon for salons and clinics to treat men and transgenders for laser hair removal. In their Hertfordshire clinic, 20% of all BeauSynergy’s clients are either men or trans. They are treated in the same discreet and confidential way in which every woman is treated. All therapists are female. Common areas of permanent hair removal for the men and trans are the face, ears, nose, neck, legs, back, feet, hands, chest and bottom.

How Much is Laser Hair Removal?

The cost will vary depending on the body area and salon / clinic.  It is of course worth looking around to give yourself an idea of costs. But beware! It is common for salons or clinics that reach out to attract customers using companies such as Groupon, not to be busy without advertising on Groupon. This can be a bad reflection as to the type of salon you may be thinking about visiting. Cheapest is often not the best. You need to have a good idea of who will be treating you and whether the practice conforms with health and safety regulations and of course that the salon is Covid-19 secure. Check also the reviews on the salon’s website. Genuine testimonials are excellent guides to safety, overall treatment experience and of course results. Note however, that not everyone will get the same results.

The BeauSynergy Skin Clinic’s laser hair removal treatments are currently offering 40% off a course of 6 treatments. This is great value and they have 4.9* ratings from its client base for laser hair removal.

BeauSynergy Cosmetic Skin Clinic can be reached on 01707 662477 and at info@beausynergy.co.uk. They can answer any of your questions now and book you in for your initial patch test and consultation on the same day.