laser hair removal

Smooth legs from Silks Laser Clinic, Bradford

How laser hair removal works

A focused,  high intensity light is applied to the surface of the skin via a hand-held wand.   This light energy travels through the skin,  striking the hair shaft or root,  where most of the hair's pigment  (melanin)  is concentrated.   Because the light is tuned to the colour of the melanin,  it vaporises the hair shaft and damages the hair-producing papilla or follicle,  leaving the skin unaffected.

Depending upon the differential between skin tone and hair colour,  to achieve permanent reduction it will be necessary to undergo a course of between 6 and 10 treatments,  with at least 3 weeks between each initially,  increasing as the follicles struggle to recover after successive exposures.

Treatment courses:

Face:   Silks have a standing 'full face' offer for any two facial zones;  A treatment course is normally made up of six 25 minute sessions.

Underarms:   The perfect solution for underarm hair removal,  without the damage associated with shaving,  and very popular with brides-to-be.   A course consists of six 20 minute treatment sessions.

Bikini line:   Far less traumatic than waxing,  (especially for those intent on a winter beach holiday)!   A course of six,  25 minute,  treatments is necessary.

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...your questions answered

Do I need to take special precautions before treatment?
It is important not to remove hair follicles by plucking tweezering,  or to use creams prior to or during a course of treatment.  This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair,  and thus can be destroyed during treatment.

It is also important to avoid any form of tanning  (sun,  solarium or topical creams)  before and during treatment.  Darker skin absorbs more light and makes treatment of the unwanted hair less effective,  so more sessions are usually required to achieve complete removal.

How many treatments will I need?
Hair growth is cyclical,  as hair follicles go through both resting and growing phases.  The length and timing of these growth cycles are affected by factors such as body site,  hair density,  thickness,  natural skin pigmentation,  hormonal status and age.

Clinical studies,  confirmed by Silks' long experience,  suggest that a minumum of 6 IPL treatments are usually necessary,  with the optimum interval between treatments being typically 1-2 months.

Does it hurt?
The perception of 'pain' is very individual from person to person.  No anaesthetics are required,  and most people describe the sensation to that similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.

What results should I expect?
After a planned course of treatment,  we aim to achieve up to a 95% removal of hair growth,  with a significant reduction in the thickness of any hairs that remain.

Can the treatment remove ingrowing hairs?
Yes!  The treatment is particularly effective for ingrown hairs,  improving the skin to make it smoother and more even in colour.

Is the treatment suitable for men?
Of course!  Laser hair removal and other skin improvement treatments are equally effective for both male and female patients.

How long does the the treatment take?
The treatment is very quick.  Some areas of the body can take less than 10 minutes to treat!