Why laser hair removal may NOT have worked for you

At Razor2Laser we regularly see clients for laser hair removal who have had unsuccessful laser hair removal treatments elsewhere before coming to us.

There are many reasons why laser hair removal may NOT have worked for you. These are the most likely reasons:

Type of Lasers

Although commonly advertised as “Lasers” not all machines are Lasers, they are IPL machines (intense pulse light machines).

IPL machine are frequently advertised and mis-sold as laser machines. IPL machines are excellent for treating facial skin conditions and therefore do have a place in aesthetics. They are not the gold standard for Laser Hair Removal. A genuine laser machine is much more likely to produce an effective and successful outcome.

At Razor2Laser we use a Class 4 Diode Laser ( The Lumenis Desire).

Qualified, inexperienced Practitioners

Unfortunately, most clinics tend to treat all clients the same, they are not treated as individuals. Practitioners generally do not take into account that all clients are individuals and as such should be treated as so. Experienced laser practitioners are able to tailor each treatment to the individual. Taking into account the clients variety of additional health issues, such as PCOS, diabetes, or folliculitis to name a few.

Treatment Schedule

When having laser treatment, you must be aware that only the hair follicle in the growth cycle will be treated and disabled at the time of treatment. The practitioner also needs to have an understanding that different areas of the body have different growth cycles that need to be treated accordingly to deliver effective treatment with optimum results.

Colour of the hair and coarseness

The laser targets the pigment(melanin) in the hair follicle. The laser will not be effective on grey, white, red, or bright blonde hair. For example, a chin area that has a mixture of black and grey hair, the laser will only target the black hair, however, the grey hair may remain. That said there may be some reduction of the grey hair.

Skin Colour

Skin colour plays a vital part in laser hair removal, the practitioner must have in-depth knowledge about the ethnic background of the clients being treated, as this is where problems may occur. Clients who are the skin of colour may be at a higher risk of complications and this is where the practitioner’s knowledge, ability, and experience are essential.

Biological Factors

Clients suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can enjoy great success following laser hair removal treatments. Within the medical profession, it is well recognised that Laser Hair Removal is the best treatment for females suffering from PCOS. It can provide a huge range of benefits and success. PCOS clients have often suffered from unwanted excessive hair growth for many years. They have tried multiple alternative treatments eg waxing, shaving, threading, and plucking with little or no success. Sadly these women have suffered for many years and are desperate how to best manage their excessive hair growth. Practitioners need to inform the women that due to their underlying conditions they will probably require more sessions and an ongoing maintenance programme.

We work with a number of clients who have not had a good experience with laser hair removal. We give honest and truthful information of what will work for you with laser hair removal. Contact us at either our Horsham or Chichester clinics

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