For quite a while now, I have wanted to start a new series where by talking to an expert in a field, I can provide my readers some useful information about procedures and processes that form part of our ‘overall fashion equation’. To this effect, I present my first “Things you wanted to know about” post about laser hair removal.
Autumn is upon us and the warm weather is ebbing away. After a few months, we will all be looking forward to spring and then to summer, waiting for the sunshine to reign supreme once again. Summer is lovely – wearing dresses is so much fun and feeling the warm air on your bare legs is a great feeling. However, there is one aspect of summer that is not fun – making sure that arms and underarms, for example, are hair free (if that is the choice you make). I have always found hair removal to be a pain in the ___ and it was always a chore to maintain my dress legs, especially in the summer. I admit I am a lazy person and procrastination combined with laziness proved to be a constant nightmare when it came to hair removal issues. Then, during my expat stint in Mumbai, my friends convinced me to try laser hair removal. What can I say, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made when listening to friends (which has not always been the case)!
Yes, there was a cost and time commitment involved but the results have been totally worth it for me. Therefore, in case any of you have been considering laser hair removal but not made the final decision, I thought I would ask Tejal Patel who runs a laser hair removal centre to provide some general guidance. This is the perfect time to explore laser hair removal so that by the time summer swings around again – hair removal issues will not be on your list of things to care about!
Tejal Patel runs SYLCLASE – LASER HAIR REMOVAL FOR THE FACE AND BODY and is certified as a laser hair removal practitioner. She has kindly answered the following questions for Isha’s Verdict:
Q&A with Tejal Patel
- What are the different kinds of laser hair removal available on the market?
There are two types of hair removal. Laser hair removal and IPL hair removal ( intense pulse light).
What do you specialise in?I specialise in laser hair removal.
- What are the main advantages?
First and foremost, laser hair removal is the most affordable and effective solution to reducing unwanted hair from any part of the body – leaving your skin feeling smooth.Laser hair removal is now a well-established treatment alternative to electrolysis, shaving, waxing and depilatory creams.– No more stubble, itchy regrowth stage and in- grown hairs– Feel confident; wake up in the morning and open your wardrobe without not having to worry if your underarms or legs are hair free– No more embarrassing or insecure moments of facial hair showing
- What parts of the body can you do?
One can laser every part of their body except for the delicate areas around the eyes.– Full face and neck– Shoulders, stomach, back, nipples– Underarms, arms, hands, and fingers– Hollywood, Brazilian, buttocks, bikini– Full legs, feet, toes
Is there a minimum age requirement for laser hair removal?The minimum age for laser hair removal is 18. Then, one can say all hormones are settled for the treatment to work.
- When is laser hair removal not recommended?
There are a list of medications that if one is using then laser hair removal cannot be done.– If you are pregnant or breast-feeding– If you have had breast implants then that area should be avoided– If you have had permanent make up done on your face then work an inch away from that area– Laser with caution if one has braces ( however the upper and lower lip can still be lasered)– Avoid laser two weeks before and after a sunny holiday due to pigmentation and a suntan– Avoid laser 48 hours minimum before and after swimming, contact with chlorine– Do not laser with any traces of makeup, deodorant or creams and lotions on. This can cause burns to the skin if not removed completely
How many sessions do I need?We recommend six to eight sessions. However, every individual is different and every body part and its hair growth cycle is different. With some parts of the body, the treatment may work within these sessions and others may take a little longer.
How much hair will come back?Gradually the hair will grow less and much thinner and finer. The skin will look smooth, silky and hair free.
How much will it cost?The cost is dependent on which part of the body you are treating and if more than one area is treated, a discount is offered.
Where are you based?I am based in Brighton and Hove.Our address is:
7 Benett Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6PL
TEL: 07391 221221
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