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How to Properly Care for Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is a professional procedure generally conducted by a Aesthetics practitioner help get rid of unwanted hair. The process works by concentrating beams of light to target hair follicles and destroy their hairs.

Laser treatments are most commonly used for your:

  • face
  • chest
  • armpits
  • back
  • bikini line
  • legs

2020 research reviewTrusted Source showed that advances in long-pulsed lasers have made it possible for this treatment to address not just dark hair on light skin as in the past, but also darker skin tones, too. Your physician will determine the best lasers to use based on both your hair and skin colours, as well as your hair texture.

Still, despite such advances in technology, Laser Hair Removal remains a complex treatment that requires careful attention to aftercare. The way you care for your skin after the procedure can help reduce the risk of side effects and possible damage.

Read on to learn more about the do’s and don’ts regarding laser hair removal aftercare, and when you should contact your physician for help.

Laser hair removal aftercare do’s

Your physician will give you specific instructions for taking care of your skin after laser treatments. In general, you should do the following to help promote skin healing and to prevent side effects.

Apply cool compresses

Wet a clean, soft washcloth with cool water and place it on the treated area for several minutes at a time. You can also use an ice pack wrapped in a paper towel. This method helps to reduce temporary swelling and pain after your laser hair removal treatment.

Protect your skin from the sun

Since your skin will be sensitive after laser hair removal, your physician will recommend that you avoid getting direct sun exposure. You should avoid the sun for 1 month before the procedure to 1 month afterward. After this time, apply sunscreen to the area of treatment every day.

Can I shave after laser hair removal?

Your physician will instruct that you shave before your procedure to ensure a more targeted treatment. While you can also shave after laser hair removal, be sure to wait for several hours after skin redness or discoloration has subsided. Avoid shaving on any skin that’s:

  • swollen
  • red or discoloured
  • painful

Laser hair removal aftercare don’ts

Knowing how to care for your skin after laser hair removal is crucial to reducing side effects, but you should also know what not to do after your procedure.

  • Space recurring treatments no sooner than 4 to 6 weeks apart. It may take multiple treatments spread out over time to achieve your desired results.
  • Don’t tan. This may increase your risk of hypopigmentation (light spots), as well as burns.
  • Don’t use tanning lotions. While seemingly harmless, these products can be irritating to skin that’s just undergone laser therapy. You may experience rashes, burns, and bumps.
  • Don’t apply lotions with fragrances or perfumes to the treatment area. These may cause skin redness or discoloration, and irritation.
  • Don’t apply deodorant to the underarms if laser hair treatment was targeted in this area. These products may also cause skin irritation.
  • Avoid body scrubs for at least a few days, as it can irritate your skin.

Potential side effects of laser hair removal

Redness or discoloration, and swelling are common — but temporary — side effects of laser hair removal. You may also experience mild pain. Such side effects usually resolve within 1 to 3 days, according to Body Lipo Lincoln.

An experienced, professional will work to reduce side effects from laser hair removal by using the right types of lasers for your skin and hair colour or type. They will also ask you about your medical history and any medications you take that might cause adverse reactions.

More serious side effects of this procedure may include:

  • skin pigmentation changes
  • scars
  • burns (very rare)
  • severe pain
  • blisters
  • infections

Takeaway Body Lipo Lincoln also shares that due to both general safety and effectiveness, laser hair removal remains one of the most popular nonsurgical procedures in the U.K.  As with any cosmetic procedure, though, it’s important to follow your physician’s aftercare instructions to help achieve the best results possible. Taking care of your skin after laser hair removal may reduce the risk of side effects, but not all risks are avoidable. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks for your hair and skin types with your physician, and to report any new or worsening reactions right away

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Can you have Laser Hair Removal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

For those in the know the acronym PCOS is all too recognisable. With 1 in 5 women affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (according to Endometriosis UK) it’s a really hot topic right now. Research shows that women who suspect they may have PCOS have a long and emotional road with many visiting numerous clinicians before being diagnosed. The University of Oulu, Finland conducted a fifteen year long study on 5889 women and found that the women with PCOS had a ‘poorer quality of life’ than those without the condition. They cited mental health issues as a result of the physical symptoms being the most common reason for this. Shockingly, that’s nearly 30% of the UK female population who are dealing with the condition and are seeking out ways to manage both internal and external side effects.

WHAT IS POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)?

The female body is naturally in a constant state of fluctuation and produces differing levels of both female hormones and male hormones (androgens). These androgens include testosterone which play a role in triggering puberty and stimulating associated hair growth. PCOS is a medically recognised condition which causes extra androgen production which can result in virilisation. This is where more masculine features can develop physically, such as excessive facial and body hair and benign cysts (can) begin to grow on the ovaries over time. Women with PCOS may discover that this excessive hair is in fact thicker and darker due to the extra levels of hormones. To put it simply, it’s a complex condition where a women’s hormones are not performing correctly and can even be accompanied by further symptoms such as irregular (or no) periods, reduced fertility, acne, and weight gain.

Most commonly, women have reported that the excessive hair growth often seen on the face, nipple area, chest, lower abdomen and back can be a particularly distressing symptom having an immensely negative impact on their lives. The ongoing burden of shaving, plucking, or waxing this unwanted hair can be a self-esteem plummeting and time-consuming burden. Not to mention expensive, if the excessive hair growth isn’t managed effectively. For many women suffering with PCOS, finding a permanent solution to this one common (and most visible) side effect is nothing short of an absolute must.

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way and here at Body Lipo Lincoln we are able to offer our clients laser hair removal for PCOS, which is one great option. If you suffer with PCOS you need not remain in the endless cycle of traditional hair removal. Many of our clients with PCOS find that laser hair removal is an effective long-term solution for treating unwanted hair rather than just endlessly removing visible hair without tackling the root of the issue (if you’ll pardon the pun). In our experience, achieving excellent and often permanent results from laser hair removal significantly improves the self-confidence of our clients and has often been called life changing.  

WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Laser hair removal works by using concentrated light at specific wavelengths to target the hair follicles in your skin. The melanin pigment in the hair attracts the light emitted by the laser, which is then absorbed by the hair follicle, heating and disabling it causing the hair to fall out at the root. As you progress through your course of treatments your hair will become softer and finer over time and growth will gradually slow down. With continued treatment this eventually results in the permanent reduction of follicle hair growth. As your hair grows in 6 cycles, you typically need a minimum of 6 sessions ensuring you are targeting every cycle of hair growth to see the best results.

WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?

Laser hair removal can be used almost anywhere on the face and body. The most common areas we treat at Body Lipo Lincoln for PCOS sufferers are the face (including chin, cheeks, and upper lip), underarms, stomach, and legs. At Body Lipo Lincoln you have the opportunity to tailor make a bespoke treatment plan that is as individual as you and your concerns are.  

DOES IT SOUND TO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

The fact that PCOS actively promotes the growth of new hair, is particularly challenging for ‘traditional’ laser hair removal devices on the market. Often more treatments are required which can prove to be expensive and lengthy and if you’re going to a cheap clinic who is not using a medical grade laser, then you simply aren’t going to see long term results. Believe us, if it sounds too cheap to be true, it most likely is!

LASER HAIR REMOVAL WITH Body Lipo Lincoln

During our bespoke sessions at Body Lipo Lincoln, we harness all the power of professional laser hair removal and combine it with the with one of the most powerful, pain free technologies on the market. Our Trilogy Ice  Laser Hair Removal system has three laser lengths in one machine to enable us to treat all skin types and most possible hair types by emitting twice the power of most other leading high-quality lasers. You typically will need to start with a course of 6 sessions to really target every growth cycle. We advise our PCOS clients that they are likely to need a couple of extra ‘maintenance’ treatments due to the condition actively promoting fresh hair growth. However, this is still significantly less sessions than other ‘standard’ treatments using less effective technology. Meaning quicker and more permanent results for our PCOS clients, with less of the hefty price tag.

High power combined with the optimum wavelength means significantly greater heat is transferred to the hair follicle. The Trilogy Ice is a faster treatment with session completed in as little as 15 minutes (depending on the size of the treatment areas). That’s nearly twice as fast as other leading laser systems…

Scared that extra power and extra heat sounds uncomfortable? The best bit about the Trilogy Ice Laser is it has an integrated ‘Cyro cooling’ technology device meaning you it’s a lot more comfortable. This helps us to keep the surface of the skin and your nerve endings constantly cool, so extraordinarily fast results can be achieved with minimal discomfort.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Not only will you see a permanent hair reduction of up to 90%, with laser hair removal you will also avoid ingrown hairs, shaving rash and stubble. With many other forms of hair removal, including waxing, plucking, shaving and hair removal cream, the hair will return quickly, often within a matter of days. Laser hair removal will give you long-lasting results, saving both time and money in the long term. Laser hair removal can also improve skin tone and texture, as it does not cause pigmentation or uneven skin which you can experience with shaving or waxing.

Like with any laser hair removal treatment there is a minimal amount of ‘downtime’, but certain activities should be avoided temporarily. It is important to avoid any sun exposure to the treated area for 10 days pre and post treatment. Exercise should be avoided for up to 48 hours post treatment as well as any activities that encourage sweating. Think hot showers, swimming pools and saunas. Finally, as the skin may be more sensitive avoid using exfoliating body lotions immediately before and after your sessions.  

THE BEST BIT?!

Shorter treatment times allow us to offer incredibly competitive pricing for medical grade laser hair removal starting from just £55 for a small area. What counts as a small area? This is generally classified as areas of the face for example: lips, sideburns, hairline, eyebrows, chin.

You will need to come in for a patch test 7 days prior to your treatment, even if you have had laser hair removal elsewhere. This is because each laser is different and we need to make sure you won’t react with ours. We will ask you to visit the clinic to examine your hair and skin for suitability and perform a patch test with the laser light to ensure that we select the correct light energy setting for you and your treatment.

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What to Know Before You Get Laser Hair Removal

Ditching your razor and avoiding annoying stubble days after shaving sounds like a dream. That’s where laser hair removal comes in. But, is it worth the cost? And how do you know if it’s right for you? Is laser hair removal permanent? We’ve got you covered. 

Before you commit to a treatment, it’s best to research any questions you might have. Lots of people love the results laser hair removal brings, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. You have to commit to several sessions for the best results, and let’s face it: it isn’t cheap. There’s no guarantee you’ll be hair-free forever, but at least you won’t have to shave on the daily. 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to remove unwanted hair from the body and face. When performed, a laser emits a light that works to absorb the melanin (pigment) in the hair. This damages the hair follicle and prevents future growth.1 It is important to have a pre-treatment consultation with a professional to determine what type of wavelength will be used based on the

How to Prepare For Laser Hair Removal

Once you decide on laser hair removal, you’ll will be told to either shave a day or two before your sessions. You’ll also want to avoid tanning and self-tanners before and after treatment. It is possible that you will need to stop taking certain medications to avoid adverse effects, so be honest about everything you take.

On the day of your appointment, avoid using any products on your skin, including lotions, deodorant, or anything else. Be sure to check with your aesthetician about any other things you should and should not do before and after your sessions.

It’s often advised to take a couple of ibuprofen an hour before your session

The pulsed light in laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin, although some machines perform differently. Not every zap will hurt and some areas, like the lower legs, hurt more than others, like your thighs.

What to Expect During a Laser Hair Removal Treatment

The treatment itself typically doesn’t take long. It depends on the area being treated, though. Your back or legs may take an hour or two, while the upper lip may only take minutes.

You’ll see results after your first appointment, but it will take several treatments to permanently remove hair. According to Body Lipo Lincoln, “After each treatment, the hairs may seem to continue to grow for a period of 1-2 weeks, but these hairs are, in fact, lifeless and are simply being cast out by your body. Once these hairs are pushed out, a finer hair grows back in its place. With each treatment, the hairs get finer and sparser. Usually, it takes up to 6 treatments to see no re-growth.” For best results, get maintenance treatments done once a year for at least a couple of years.

Laser  light target several follicles at once (making them great for treating back, shoulder, arm, and chest hair), so you can treat large areas of skin. While it can take years to perform electrolysis on larger areas, a typical laser hair removal session on both legs usually takes less than two hours. Lighter coloured hair on the upper lip and chin can be tricky. Some lasers are able to target light hair without issues, but it can take a few treatments.

After treating an area, hairs fall out within 10 to 14 days. Using a mild sugar scrub in the shower on the tenth day will help exfoliate skin and remove hair. It’s also a good idea to use products your aesthetician may recommend and follow their after-treatment suggestions carefully.

Side Effects

While the side effects are minimal, the most common is skin irritation. Redness and swelling can occur and will typically subside within the first few hours after treatment.  Skin pigment discoloration can also be a concern, which is why it is important to do your research and go to a professional that you trust.

The Final Takeaway

Laser hair removal is not cheap. Depending on what body part you choose to treat, it can run anywhere from £50 to £120 per session.

Many salons advertise discounted procedures, but the best places don’t have to resort to discounts. Do your homework before signing up for services. Protect yourself and your skin by booking an appointment with a highly qualified aesthetics practitioner only.

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7 Proven Benefits of Laser Hair Removal in Lincoln

We all have hair on our bodies that we wish we didn’t have. From our legs to our faces to our underarms, we spend hours of our lives shaving, waxing, and removing that unwanted hair.

But there is a better way …

Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to remove unwanted body hair. If you’re tired of shaving and waxing but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready for laser treatment, keep reading.

Here are seven proven benefits of laser hair removal:

1. It’s Quick

If it’s a quick solution you’re searching for, laser hair removal is the fastest way to get rid of unwanted hair.

You will have to have multiple treatment sessions, but most sessions only take a few minutes. The smaller the treatment area, the less time you’ll spend under the laser.

2. It’s Less Painful Than Other Hair Removal Methods

Laser hair removal is a lot less painful than most people think. Many people equate it to the feeling of snapping a rubber band against the skin.

Depending on your threshold for pain, you may find it slightly uncomfortable, but the sessions are so fast that most people find it easy to endure.

3. It’s Precise

Laser technology is incredibly precise, making laser hair removal ideal for people looking to target and remove a few specific hairs.

This makes it a great option, even if you’re looking to remove small areas of hair from around the eyebrows, upper lip, nose, bikini line, or hairline.

4. It Can Remove Hair From Any Part of the Body

With the exception of the eyelashes, laser hair removal can be performed on any part of the body.

It’s especially ideal for the back and bikini area, which can be hard to reach with razors and extremely painful to wax.

5. It Prevents Ingrown Hairs

Shaving, waxing, and other methods of hair removal can cause ingrown hairs. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, laser hair removal is an excellent option.

By destroying the hair at the root, you’ll never have to worry about those pesky hairs growing back in or curling back into the body and becoming ingrown.

6. It Saves You From Having to Endure Regrowth

Some methods, such as waxing and plucking, require that you endure a bit of regrowth in between sessions. With laser hair removal, you can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin at all times.

7. It’s a Long-Term Solution

Most people see permanent, lasting results with laser hair removal. In some cases, you may need a touch-up a few months or years down the line, but it remains one of the best long-term solutions available.

At minimum, you will see a permanent reduction in hair growth that becomes easier to maintain over time.

Because it’s a long-term solution, it’s also cost effective. Over the course of your lifetime, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars, as there won’t be a need for monthly waxes or razor blade refills.

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