How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

If you do regular waxing you have probably asked yourself “how does Laser hair removal work? Just to clarify, when we refer to laser hair removal we are referring to diode based treatments. If you have heard about IPL (intense pulsed light) in the past you may have been told that this was a laser. This is incorrect as IPL uses xenon flash lamps. Whereas diode lasers target the hair through selective photo-thermolysis. This allows lasers to offer greater results over IPL treatments.


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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment (melanin) in the hair. Melanin is present in both hair and skin and is also responsible for determining the colour. Because light is absorbed more readily by darker pigments lasers are able to achieve localised damage to the hair follicle only. The energy from the laser travels down the hair shaft into the follicle, which can then retard future hair growth. The success of the treatment is dependent on the pigments in both the skin and hair. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the darker pigment in the hair rather than the surrounding skin and tissue. This is why laser hair removal works so well on people with dark hair and light skin.


Does Laser Hair Removal Work On Dark Skin?

Up until recently, laser hair removal wasn’t very effective on darker skin. The reason for this was because the pigment in the skin would also absorb the light, not just the hair follicle. This would lead to burning of the skin which can then result in a range of unwanted side effects. Because laser hair removal works by focusing on pigment, there are still some challenges among darker individuals. However, the technology has improved and we have had great results with dark skin and hair. We have successful  performed men’s laser hair removal and women’s laser hair removal on clients from the following countries:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Thailand
  • Phillippines
  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Croatia
  • Malta
  • Greece
  • United Kingdom
  • South Africa
  • Australia


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