10 Things You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal If you’re considering laser hair removal in Chelmsford, it pays to study up. We know it’s easy to be lured in by the promise of a stubble-free life, but it’s oh-so-important to read up on the facts (and side effects) first, to make sure the treatment is right for you. There are so many different options when it comes to hair removal, from waxing to threading and shaving to tweezing, but laser hair removal is one of the few options that offer a permanent approach to getting rid of face and body hair, of course, only if you want to! 1. Is the process painful Perminder Birk, Another Level Medispa Owner explains that laser hair removal feels like an elastic band being fired on the skin. It works by sending the light of a laser through the pigment in the hair. “This (light) converts to heat, which damages the hair follicle and hair bulb inhibiting it from producing any more hairs.” Clients are expected to feel slight heat thankfully though the lasers have cooling tips which reduce this to a minimum. Most clients find laser hair removal far less painful than waxing. 2. Patience pays off Hairs treated by the laser light will take 10 to 14 days to fall out. Treatments are recommended every 4 – 6 weeks depending upon whether they are on the face or the body as this is inline with the hair growth cycles. Most clients start seeing real results after 2 treatments. Clients are asked to be regular with their appointments as hair follicles are all at different stages of growth, in order to catch all hairs this is important. 3. You’ve got to use a hair trimmer/shave the area before you laser (same goes for makeup) The laser can react with hair on the skin’s surface which will cause some irritation and maybe dreaded burnt hair smell. On the face however for women we recommend they cut the hair close to the skin using scissors as shaving will also remove vellus hairs which are normal downy hairs and do not need to be removed. 4. It’s actually a pretty fast process Most of our clients go in for a full face appointment and it only takes 20 minutes, including a quick chat and makeup removal at the start and aloe vera gel application to finish. 5. You can’t go to the gym afterward The heat from the laser stays in the skin for 24 hours so no gym, saunas, hot showers, you get it. If you do, you run the risk of creating a lovely warm environment for bacteria to multiply and give you spots and heat bumps. 6. Get ready to think seriously about the sun We will advise what is best for you, but you might need to avoid sunbathing and sun exposure as much as possible before and after the treatment. Also if you have a tan you’ll need to wait till it fades before you can start your treatment. Again, we will check in with you about upcoming holidays to make sure you don’t have a holiday coming up which might affect the timing of your next appointment… Your safety is our concern. 7. Laser treatment can trigger more growth in some cases This can be true, particular types of hair can be stimulated into growing longer and thicker. But don’t worry, if the hair isn’t suitable, we will let you know. 8. You might need to switch up your beauty regime and products Scrubs, glycolic acid, and retinol creams should be avoided 2 days before and after treatment. 9. It works on all skin tones The hair just needs to be dark enough to draw the laser. Another Level Medispa use long-pulsed NDYAG lasers – which are safer for treating pigmented or darker skin tones. We also use an IPL system which is good for treating fairer skins where filters are changed to make the treatment variable and more suitable to the needs of the clients. 10. You might need to go back for top-up treatments Most people report 90 percent permanent reduction in hair growth but fluctuating hormones can make new hair follicles develop in later years, so the odd top up years down the road might be needed. Here at Another Level Mediaspa, we offer Laser Hair Removal In Chelmsford, Essex. Contact us today to book your appointment.