I've spoken about my facial hair and how I suffer with POS and now that I'm coming to the end of my laser hair removal treatment I wanted to talk a little bit about the process and answer any and all questions you guys have asked me along the way and give you some information should you be thinking of getting it too.
I go to the Sk:n clinic in Epsom who are beyond amazing. I've had such a great experience and due to having POS sadly the course of treatment wont be permanent for me as I will always struggle with unwanted facial hair, but receiving laser hair removal treatment has been life changing and is something I will carry on getting and I can't imagine going anywhere else! So I thought I'd go over some popular topics when speaking about it all and then answer some of the questions you guys asked me!
What is Laser Hair Removal? - It's virtually a painless method of removing unwanted hair from any part of the body. It works by focusing a laser beam at the base of the hair follicle and preventing it from growing back.
Is this the same as Intense Pulsed Light ( IPL?) - No, this is slightly different; IPL use less powerful diffused light waves, Using laser hair removal its considered better quality and more effective at removing unwanted hair.
Can I get it done over all of my body? - Laser hair removal can be used on any part of the body, although the more common problem areas are: face, bikini area, legs and underarms.
Cost? Is it worth it? - Prices depend on several factors. Firstly, the area in which you wish to get the hair treated. They have different teirs to give guidelines to prices and then depending on if you want a one off treatment or if you wish to book a block of 8 which is recommended. A full list of prices in my local Sk:n Clinic can be found here. Now for me, I was shaving my face everyday and the effect that was having on my skin was horrible. I was getting shaving rash, marks, bumps and redness. My skin would react to perfumes, cleansers. I came out in hives several times because the skin on my chin area was so sensitive from years of shaving every day. During my treatment I noticed I wasn't shaving as often and my skin is free from everything. I still have to shave as and when but its improved the quality of my skin, my confidence and personally, It's not something I could put a price on. It's so worth it I can't even begin to tell you.
Pain factor - I'd like to think I'm not a wuss :P It's a bareable feeling. On certain areas I can hardly feel it but where my hair grows thick It does make me jolt a little but it's done in 5 mins so I'm happy to push through the mini shocks and enjoy not having to shave every day!
Results - They say getting an 8 week block set is better for results. Hair grows in cycles so when they encourage you to shave your chin, your helping the hair grow and catch up with all the other hairs so when its time to laser them, the hair is growing and the treatment will be more effective. Plus it works out cheaper so I'd recommend the bulk if you're going to do it.
A couple of last minute things - Redness after a treatment is normal, The next morning I always break out with loads of white heads, I just give my face a light exfoliant and cleanse and tonne as normal. A day or two after my treatment i'd notice that I'd have several hairs poking out that would literally come away if i wiped a finger over them.
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