Harley Street Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is a highly advanced cosmetic treatment designed to remove undesirable hairs in a variety of areas of the body, including underarms for women and chests for men. It is a far longer-lasting process than other hair removal techniques such as waxing and electrolysis, and is considerably quicker, less tedious and painful. It can also deal with problematic ingrown hairs. There are criteria for treatment which necessitate a free consultation and scan to ensure the patient is eligible for the operation; typically however better results are attained on paler skin and darker hairs, although recent developments have extended the treatment’s efficacy to blonde hairs. In some clinics IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment may be offered as an alternative if it is likely to have a greater effect on the individual’s hairs.

Procedure

Any fake or deep tans must be allowed to fade before the patient undergoes this procedure; it is also recommended that the patient has short hairs in the area to be treated, enabling the best results. In some cases anaesthetics are applied before treatment, but these are discussed with the doctor before the operation. A laser device is pressed onto the patient’s skin, and then a thin beam of light is shone through the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis. This light targets the pigmentation agent, melanin. Then it attacks the hair follicle – the root of the hair – and destroys this. The technology used also provides cooling services to make the process as pain-free as possible. Typically the procedure must be repeated several times to ensure it is as long-lasting as possible; a single treatment can simply result in delayed hair growth. Laser hair removal can take from a minute to several hours, depending on the size of the area to be operated on. After the procedure the patient is advised to avoid direct sunlight, as well as refrain from contact with the treated region.

Risks

In some cases the hair follicle is not entirely removed which will require further treatment to rectify. Furthermore the operation can result in hyper-pigmentation (a darkening of the skin) or hypo-pigmentation (a lightening of the skin); in the majority of instances where this is the case, it is a temporary problem, but in a very small number it can be permanent. Laser burning is the most common risk associated with laser hair removal, but typically this occurs as a result of a lack of proper training on the part of the practitioner..

Advantages of Harley Street Laser Hair Removal

Harley Street surgeons who perform this procedure are fully trained so the risk of burning is negligible; furthermore the quality of state-of-the-art Harley Street technology minimises other risks, and generally ensures that the hair follicle is completely destroyed. Harley Street doctors will explain all the potential risks, as well as a detailed treatment plan, before the operation. This includes a schedule for repeat treatments in order to maximise the effects of the operation.


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