8 things you need to know about laser hair removal

Before starting a series of laser hair removal there are a few things that everybody should know. We’ve listed the top 8 things you need to know before having laser, so that you can be prepared for your treatments and be rewarded with those silky-smooth results!


How it works

While we’d love to claim it’s magic, the reality is laser hair removal is a science! 

Simply put, it works like this:

The Soprano Titanium laser system uniquely uses three different light wavelengths (Alexandrite, Speed 810nm and Yag1064) in one hand piece all at the same time!

It gradually heats the hair follicles in the subdermal layer of your skin using The Alexandrite wavelength  – this wavelength is used to target an extensive range of hair colours and types even hair that is light in colour.

The SPEED 810nm wavelength – is used for darker skin types and targets the deep hair follicle.

The YAG 1064 wavelength –these wavelengths are the most penetrative wavelength, and is ideal for embedded hairs, targeting the deepest parts of the follicle.

Soprano Titanium uses unique, IN-Motion technology and a patented ICE plus sapphire cooling tip, the surface of your skin stays cool and comfortable. The laser is in constant motion enabling a much wider area to be treated more quickly and easily than ever before. By using a sweeping, paintbrush technique, the Soprano Titanium is Pain-Free laser reduces procedure time, minimises discomfort, and eliminates any missed areas,

You can be assured that our technicians are qualified to use lasers and just as importantly have had the Soprano manufacturers training. 


Shave, don’t wax!

The root of the hair must be present in the follicle for the laser to identify it, so avoid waxing, epilating, use of depilatory creams or anything that might disturb the hair follicle. Instead, shave the treatment area 12-14 hours before your appointment. A clean shave with a sharp razor is must, we don’t want the laser targeting longer hairs that sit above the skin, as this runs the risk of causing burns.


Skip the moisturiser

When it comes to the day of your treatment you need to make sure you are going au natural on your body. Make sure your skin is clean and completely product free, don’t even moisturise or apply deodorant. This goes for 24 hours after your appointment, too (except for recommended products)!


Be honest at your consultation

Laser hair removal is a serious treatment and as such you need to feel that you’re in safe hands (FYI, our hands are exceptionally safe). Our qualified laser technicians use only FDA approved, medical-grade equipment, and before you start the treatment, you’ll receive a FREE consultation with one of our friendly technicians to assess your skin and hair type. This is when you’ll need to disclose any previous treatments or medication that you’ve been taking. Things like a recent facial or Roaccutane will have an impact on the suitability of laser hair removal for you.


Use the recommended products

Treated areas may appear “sunburnt” after treatment; an active skincare product, such as Cornish based Made for Life Organics Skin Solve Balm and a cold compress will ease discomfort and swelling. Avoid applying makeup to the area and stay out of the sun, using – minimum SPF 30+  on the treated area to prevent discoloration or sunburn. Remember your skin will be sensitive to the sun for 48 hours after treatment.


Have realistic expectations

It takes more than one session to see phenomenal results. Once you complete your treatment plan, you should expect long-term hair reduction! It is also important to keep in mind that no laser clinic can claim 100% hair removal, as some hair will always strive to grow back. Re-growth can be affected by hormones and other biological factors which can vary from person to person. Our obligation free consultation will help determine your long-term result.


Be consistent

For best results, make sure you attend your appointments religiously every four weeks (or at intervals advised by your technician). The timing of your treatments dramatically influences the outcome due to hair growth patterns, so we suggest you book a course of laser hair removal treatments rather than sporadic appointments.


Avoid exercise and hot showers

Exercising and hot showers both increase your body temperature, causing your body to sweat and creating a potential breeding ground for bacteria. This could lead to infection or ingrown hairs, so we recommend waiting at least 24 hours after a laser hair removal treatment before attempting any activity that may increase your body temperature and upset the hair follicles.


Now that you have a basic understanding on how laser works, and what to do before and after treatment, you are ready to go ahead and book your FREE consultation and patch test at The Cornwall Skin Clinic!