Dr Ian Webster
Dr Ian Webster

Safe Hair Removal

Two of the safest options for hair removal are laser (using the correct type of laser) and electrolysis but you do need to check that your therapist is experienced and qualified to operate the devices used to reduce unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal is an extremely popular cosmetic treatment which requires multiple treatments that result in hair reduction. Unwanted hair is found all over the body but the most common areas are the legs, arms, back, armpits, bikini line, neck, upper lip and chin.

Laser hair removal works best on those with a lighter skin and darker hair but thanks to advanced technology, some lasers are now also able to treat darker skins such as the Candela Alexandrite Laser and Nd:YAG.

Laser hair removal works by using laser energy which targets and destroys the hair follicles in the growing phase, slowly reducing the amount of hair after just a few treatments. After an initial treatment, another appointment is scheduled to co-incide with the next hair growth phase. When hair removal lasers were first introduced as a way of removing hair, a marketing term permanent hair removal was used but this often resulted in dashed hopes and expectations and Dermatologists now prefer to use the term permanent hair reduction, although some clients do report that their hair does not grow back. This however, varies from person to person.

While laser hair removal remains popular, it cannot treat light, non-pigmented hairs such as white, blonde or ginger hair, so another safe hair removal option for these hairs is Electrolysis. This is a very effective treatment but with older technology it can be an uncomfortable and even painful experience. Apilus Electrolysis devices, with their patented technology, offers exceptionally comfortable and faster treatments than traditional electrolysis applications. Unlike laser hair removal technology that reduces dark hair only, the Apilus is able to treat blonde, white and grey hair. Owing to its powerful circuits, stable currents and intuitive navigation, the trained therapist is able to provide pinpoint precision, with optimal settings to deliver the ultimate results.

Indications for Laser Hair Removal:

  • Many people struggle with ingrown hairs and this can be very painful and they can become infected.
  • Often men with darker skins and short curly hair on their jawline are prone to a condition called Pseudofolliculitis – this occurs when they shave and the hair curls back into the follicle causing inflammation and possible infection. This can also occur in the bikini line area with pubic hair.
  • Many people find dark hair on the exposed parts of their body embarrassing.
  • No razor burns or cuts which can look unsightly and with any wound there is always a risk of infection. Women often put off shaving their legs as they don’t want nicks and cuts.
  • Saves money in the long run as you do not have to buy expensive razors, blades and shaving cream. It also saves on waxing which is another cost and also painful.
  • In our hectically busy lives it saves time not having to shave daily or a couple of times a week.

Indications for Electrolysis:

  • Electrolysis treats hairs individually meaning the hair has to be visible in order for it to be treated by the therapist.
    This method of hair removal is ideal for those with blonde, ginger or white hairs which cannot be effectively treated with a hair removal laser which targets dark hairs.
  • It is ideal for those wanting eyebrow shaping.
  • It is a good solution for stubborn hairs and can be incorporated into your hair removal program, following on from laser sessions i.e. for those with dark and light hairs.
  • For all those who with irritating hairs above the upper lip and on the face or chin and who need regular waxing.
  • With regular Apilus treatments those hairs will eventually cease to grow and you will no longer require waxing.

Tips before Laser Hair removal & Electrolysis:

  • For laser hair removal your skin needs to be untanned and as light in colour as possible for the optimum results. This is not an issue with electrolysis.
  • Do not use any sunbeds, self-tanning products – self-applied or booth sprayed – for at least a month before a laser hair removal treatment. They contain ingredients that may cause reactions when used with the laser.
  • Do not wax or pluck hairs in the treatment area for at least two to four weeks – this applies to both laser hair removal and electrolysis.
  • Use bland products to minimise any active ingredient reactions or inflammation a few days before your treatment.
  • In the case of laser hair removal, shave before you have your laser hair removal treatment so the laser energy is not wasted on a long shaft of hair but rather on the hair left in the follicle. The opposite applies to electrolysis – you want your hairs to be as long and as visible as possible, so do not shave before a treatment.
  • Do not use any moisturising products or lotion on the area after just before your hair removal treatment.
  • It is best to use a moisturiser or lotion before electrolysis as it is keeps the skin soft and supple, making the insertion of the probe easier.
Posted in NEWS / Body Care on February 22nd, 2018.

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