Laser hair removal

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Do you find it time consuming to constantly remove dark hair from your armpits, bikini area, legs or face? Typical hair removal methods such as shaving, depilatories, plucking or waxing are only temporary and may not be good for your skin. If you find excessive body hair embarassing, you may want to consider laser hair removal.

What is laser hair removal?

The human body is covered by a lot of hair. Most of this hair is not visible to the naked eye because of its pale colour. This pale hair plays a very important role in protecting the skin. Only a small amount of body hair is visible. Laser treatment enables us to remove ugly, dark hair without damaging the natural skin protection body hair offers.

Laser hair removal is a painless procedure with long lasting results. There is no need to have repeat laser hair removal treatments as is typical in more painful and less effective methods of hair removal. Some people are afraid when they hear the word “laser.” A laser is just a beam of light. This depilatory laser beam destroys the hair's root. There are at least three times more hair roots in the subcutis than hair. The process of body hair change is the same as in the case of “real hair” on the head. Some hair has fallen out, some is growing through the subcutis and some has grown out. Accordingly, all hair goes through several growth phases. Laser only destroys hair in its active growth phase, the anagen phase. This means that one session is not sufficient, the treatment has to be repeated after a period of time (usually 4 times.) This time period differs according to the treated area. For example, the laser hair removal treatment of the upper lip is repeated after six weeks; armpits and bikini areas, after three months and legs, after six months.

Why laser hair removal Prague?

Prague has many attractive features for those considering laser hair removal abroad. Its location in Central Europe is easy to access; its mild climate is conducive to healing and its experienced clinics and laser hair removal surgeons ensure you'll receive the best possible care. Laser hair removal Prague costs are often much more affordable than in the UK or with the NHS. For more information about getting to and around the Czech Republic, please visit our handy cosmetic surgery Prague info guide.  

Who is a suitable candidate for laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is recommended to almost anyone who suffers from unwanted dark hair anywhere on the body (exceptions include excess hair on/in the ears or nose.) This method may not sufficiently treat pale hair. The hair bulb must be in its active growth phase in order to absorb the energy which will destroy its cells and prevent hair regrowth.

It is possible to remove hair from the face (upper lip, chin, cheeks,) the neck, armpits, forearms, the bikini area, inner thighs, legs, back, chest, abdomen and areolas.

Before the treatment

It is important to not pluck the hair for at least 6 weeks before the treatment. Acceptable hair removal methods are shaving, cutting or removing with a depilatory paste. Laser treatment gets rid of the cause of dark hair – the hair root - not only the root's result (hair.) The hair bulb must be fully regenerated to make the treatment effective.

It is necessary to closely shave the treated area before the laser removal. Each session may last anywhere from a few minutes up to several hours depending on the size of the treated area.

Another important issue is suntan. The treated area should not have a fresh suntan or sunburn, from either the sun or visit to a solarium.

Treatment

There are different types of laser that offer different results. It is important to consult with your surgeon on the laser type and expected effect, taking into consideration the treated area and laser type suitable for this area. All laser types require additional sessions to achieve the desired results. The treatment is not painful, the patient just feels light stinging on more sensitive spots.

After the treatment

After the treatment, it is necessary to protect the skin from sun. Your skin will have open pores which must be protected from the sun's harmful rays. It is recommended to use a strong sun block, preferably of SPF 50, after your treatment. Your skin may be slightly red at the treated place, it depends on the treated area and the sensitivity of your skin. The redness should disappear after a few hours. Visit our photo gallery to see before and after photos of laser hair removal Prague.

How long will the effects of laser hair removal last?

The number of sessions and effectiveness of the treatment depends on the treated area and type of laser. It is therefore very important to discuss the expected number of sessions and suitable laser frequency in advance with your surgeon.


This text has been created with kind assistance of Institut lekarske kosmetiky, s.r.o.

Updated: 2012-08-07

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