Laser hair removal (Pretoria) is a term that many are familiar with these days. If you are a fan of NuSkinnovation and our services, you probably already know about the many benefits of laser treatment. However, we aren’t entirely done spreading the good news of laser treatment just yet, which is why this quick read is here for those interested in doing hair removal the right way.
Hair removal methods have varied over the decades, and women have been searching for an effective way to remove their unwanted body hair with minimal irritation to the skin. Hair removal methods commonly used in the past included Veet cream, shaving, waxing, and threading. All of these methods are successful in removing body hair. However, the effectiveness varies from method to method.
However, the most effective method, utilising modern technology, is unquestionably laser hair removal Pretoria branches of NuSkinnovation are so famous for. In this article, let us explore the basics of this procedure and allow us to answer some of the most important questions you may have.
Giving Hair Removal A Fresh Face
Using Veet cream to remove body hair is quick and painless if it is done correctly. However, there is a chance that the Veet cream will cause a chemical burn on the skin if it is left on the body for too long. Veet cream removes the hair from the body at the skin surface level, similar to shaving, allowing the hair to regrow after a few days. This makes it an impermanent method of hair removal, and one will likely have to re-do the process every week or so, depending on the rate of hair growth – which varies from person to person.
Shaving as a form of hair removal is also quick, but this method can be pretty painful when cuts in the skin occur. Furthermore, many women suffer from ingrown hairs as a consequence of shaving, which can lead women to feel self-conscious about that area of their body, and it can be very irritating to the skin. This method tends to create a thicker and darker effect on hair regrowth, which is undesirable to many women trying to remove their body hair.
Waxing and threading are hair removal methods that have been highly favoured among women due to the semi-permanence of the technique. Waxing and threading removes the hair from the base of the hair follicle. This means the hair takes longer to grow back as it is growing from the base, and women don’t have to maintain their removal as frequently. Waxing has also proven to decrease hair growth, and if this method of removing hair is done consistently for years, there will be less hair regrowth. Although, waxing and threading can be painful and expensive if you are going to a salon, and doing it yourself can be excruciating!
Seeing as many women worldwide, and in recent years a growing number of men, have been searching for a permanent and effective way of removing hair, it is no surprise that with the rise of technology, a new and efficient way of removing hair has become popular. This method of removing hair involves the use of lasers. Laser hair removal Pretoria branches of NuSkinnovation offer on a daily basis is a stark improvement on old hair removal schemes and, when handled by professionals, it can leave you feeling on top of the world and completely comfortable in your silky-smooth skin.
Laser Hair Removal Pretoria: How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The laser hair removal method uses laser technology – which is concentrated beams of light that target only the hair follicles and not the skin, essentially preventing damage or irritation to the skin. Specifically, the laser targets the melanin in the hair follicles, meaning the laser removes the melanin pigment, which gives colour to the hair follicle.
Laser hair removal Pretoria branches are so famous for use a procedure that emits a wavelength of light absorbed by the hair’s melanin. The absorption of the laser light by the melanin converts it into heat energy, which damages the hair follicle and inhibits or delays hair growth. This laser hair removal process involves heat generation and is a consequence of the reaction that occurs when melanin absorbs the light emitted from the laser.
If you are wondering how the laser penetrates and damages the hair but not the skin, it is because the melanin pigment in the hair has higher pigmentation than that found in the skin. This process of laser hair removal is called “selective photothermolysis”, which suggests the laser energy used in this method of removing hair selectively targets the hair follicles while surrounding tissue experiences minimal damage.
Laser Hair Removal Pretoria: Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
Although pain varies from person to person, the general experience of laser hair removal is that you will feel a slight discomfort. This discomfort varies from individual pain thresholds to the area of the body where the hair is being removed and the type of laser technology used.
People have described the pain felt during laser hair removal sessions as a pinching or snapping, similar to when you snap a rubber band on your skin. Furthermore, the pain level experienced coincides with the area where the hair is removed. Areas of the body, like the bikini line and underarms, are generally more sensitive than those of the legs or arms. This is because the skin area is thin and delicate and can be more sensitive to the pain experienced during laser treatment. Seeing as though melanin is also found in the skin, darker skin types, which typically have higher traces of melanin, can experience more pain and discomfort and even more significant side effects. The laser targets the melanin in the hair follicle and can also detect the melanin in the skin.
It is important to speak openly with your practitioner about your concerns or pain experienced during the sessions. The practitioners can recommend some adjustments in an attempt to make the session as bearable and comfortable as the laser can be. A few changes that can be made to minimise discomfort are adjusting the laser settings of the device used or using additional aid creams and ointments to soothe the area undergoing laser treatment. It should be noted that the general consensus among laser patients is that as the sessions progress, it becomes more tolerable as there are fewer hair follicles, making it much more bearable. Overall, the reviews about laser hair removal state that the temporary discomfort is well worth the procedure because of the long-lasting effects of hair removal. However, in saying this, laser hair removal is a medical procedure. Therefore, it is essential that you choose a specialist who is trained in the laser field and who is aware of the potential risks.
Laser Hair Removal Pretoria: NuSkinnovation Pretoria
If you are wondering where you could book an appointment for laser hair removal, look no further. NuSkinnovation in Pretoria has been operating since 2017, and laser hair removal has quickly become a prevalent procedure that they offer. You can reach them on their website or phone into their salon to make a booking.
Laser Hair Removal Pretoria: What can you, the consumer, do to ensure your laser hair removal appointment goes smoothly?
Suppose you book an appointment at NuSkinnovation in Pretoria for laser hair removal. In that case, you will be given strict instructions which will provide you with the information that you will need to follow pre-procedure. This ensures the procedure’s effectiveness, minimises damage and reduces the risk of side effects.
A rough idea of the instructions you will receive are:
Avoid plucking and waxing for six weeks before your session. This is because these techniques temporarily remove the hair at the hair root, which the laser targets during the procedure. It is also wise to avoid or at least limit your sun exposure six weeks before your session, as sun exposure can increase your chances of post-treatment complications, and it will make the laser treatment less effective.
Laser Hair Removal Pretoria: What Can The Consumer Expect From The Procedure At NuSkinnovation?
Before the process, the lasered regions must be protected by cold gels or a cooling device. Not only does this step protect the outside layer of your skin, but it also allows for the laser to penetrate the hairs under the skin easily. From this point, the laser specialist in Pretoria will adjust the settings on the laser in accordance with the customer. The laser settings vary depending on the hair colour, the thickness of the hair, and the colour of your skin. After the session, a patient can expect the areas that have undergone laser to be slightly swollen and temporarily red from inflammation. Although, this is not something to worry about, as the side effects will subside a few hours after the session.
Laser Hair Removal Pretoria: How Many Sessions Are Required?
Unfortunately, one session will not rid you of your unwanted body hair. Multiple sessions are necessary as hair growth occurs in different phases, which do not happen simultaneously. Laser is most effective when the hair growth is in the anagen phase, which is the phase when the hair is actively growing. The recommended amount of sessions varies from four to eight, and these sessions are spread out over a period of time with intervals of around six weeks to ensure the hair is removed thoroughly.
Laser Hair Removal Pretoria: Can Anyone Get Laser Hair Removal?
Laser specialists will not be able to perform the procedure on you if you are pregnant, on acne medication like Accutane, if you are prone to cold sores, if there is keloid scarring in the areas where the laser is desired, or if you are battling skin cancer. In these conditions, the skin is too sensitive to undergo a procedure like a laser and will likely cause more damage. If you fall into any of these categories, it would be wise to phone a laser specialist and ask for their opinion on the matter.