One of the most commonly asked questions we hear at Willow is “Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?” Lasers have steadily been gaining in popularity and accessibility over the last decade or so. Most people are familiar with IPL/Laser technology which allows us to treat a variety of different skincare concerns with minimal invasiveness & downtime. Lasers are used for everything from tattoo removal, to skin rejuvenation, and permanent hair reduction. While laser treatments still come with a relatively high price tag, more and more often we are looking for a quick, long-term solution which makes the cost of treatments less important than the value we derive from them.
When it comes to permanent hair removal solutions IPL/laser is a great option for targeting large areas of the body as well as some small areas of the face. Laser is a much more permanent solution than waxing and takes many fewer treatments than electrolysis. Over time, there is a significant reduction in the amount and density of hair in the area being treated. So, how do you know if laser hair removal is for you? First and foremost, a consultation with a laser technician is the best way to determine whether your hair removal goals are achievable. However, the best candidates for laser hair removal are those with dark hair and lighter skin. This is because the technology targets the pigment of the hair to destroy the growth. If the pigment is not “visible” to the laser (such as very light coloured hair) it is not able to be treated as easily. In general, the greater the contrast in colour from skin to hair, the easier it is to treat.
It is important to be aware that permanent laser/IPL hair reduction can take up to 8 treatments (or sometimes more) to achieve desired results. Maintenance treatments may be necessary over time as we can only treat the hair follicles that exist at the time of treatment. Committing to any IPL/Laser treatments requires adherence to post-care procedures including practicing excellent sun safety.