About Laser Hair Removal| Malta
Permanent and permanent hair removal methods are popular in Malta, and available at many spas and beauticians. The most common type of permanent hair removal offered is IPL, but some clinics (usually attended by a Dr or qualified individual) will offer laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser (an intense beam of light), to remove unwanted hair. The laser beam will pass through the skin to individual hair follicles and the heat of the laser beam will damage the hair follicles, inhibiting future growth.
Who is laser hair removal for:
Both men and women frequently have areas on their body that have more hair than they’d like, or hair where there shouldn’t be any, and laser hair removal is an excellent method of removing it and increasing body confidence. Common areas of hair removal for women are: armpits, arms, legs, bikini line, under chin and upper lip. Common areas of hair removal for men are: Back and chest.
Since the laser beam targets the pigment in your hair, laser hair removal is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair. People with light hair and light skin will find that the laser beam won’t find enough pigment to target, making laser hair removal an ineffective choice for people with white, gray, blonde and ginger hair. People with dark skin and dark hair will find that the laser beam cannot differentiate between the pigment in your skin and in your hair, which puts your skin at risk of burns. Advances are constantly being made in laser technology, and some machines are now better at hair removal from dark skin – but make sure you go to a qualified clinic and are assured that the machine will not harm your skin.
Whilst laser hair removal and IPL are both called permanent hair removal treatments, there is no guarantee of permanent hair removal. Laser treatment does effectively slow hair growth, and after 3 – 5 sessions many people find that their hair no longer grows back in, but some people will require period maintenance treatments every 6 – 12 months. The more treatments you have, the more permanent the hair removal becomes, as each time less of the hair grows back, and it grows back much finer as the follicle roots get damaged.
Laser hair removal is also a good option for people with hormonal/endocrinological disorders that cause excessive hair growth, as long as you are cleared by your doctor.
Things to know before getting laser hair removal:
Always schedule a consultation first, to allow the individual doing the laser hair removal procedure for you to look at your skin type and hair type, as well as do a small test patch. This test patch will allow you and them to see how your skin reacts to the laser – and allows 24 – 48 hours in which to see what kind of side effects you can expect (such as skin irritation). If your test patch has gone well, you will be cleared for your first full session of laser hair removal.
Common side effects of laser hair removal:
- Skin irritation: Redness, swelling or temporary discomfort are all possible after laser hair removal, but typically disappear within a few hours.
- Pigment changes: You may find your skin has lightened or darkened in the areas the laser beam went over, but this is usually temporary. Skin lightening normally affects those who have darken skin, if an incorrect laser was used at an incorrect setting.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal:
- Don’t get a tan: Tan increases the risk of side effects such as skin lightening, due to the laser not differentiating between your skin color and your hair color. Wait until the tan fades completely before undergoing laser hair removal! Doctors recommend you stay out of the sun for up to 6 weeks before the procedure, so it is most convenient to do in winter. NOTE: This includes sunless tanning products such as fake tan spray and lotions!
- Avoid plucking/waxing: Removing the hair in these methods interferes with the hair follicle and the laser beams ability. Shaving is okay, and sometimes recommended – since it preserves the hair shaft and follicle.
After Laser Hair Removal:
Your skin may be red and swollen for the first few hours, particularly if you’ve done a large area, such as the back, or have sensitive skin. To reduce discomfort and swelling, apply ice to the affected area. Aloe gel or other soothing cream/lotion is also recommended. Paracetamol will help reduce inflammation and discomfort as well.
Avoid sun exposure to the treated area until your skin has completely healed! This includes both natural sunlight and tanning beds.
You should also be prepared for hair shedding in the first few weeks after treatment, especially from large areas – this is not hair regrowth!
What is the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments:
This is some confusion as to the difference between the two, since they both involve producing light beams which are absorbed by the dark pigment of the hair shaft, causing damage to the hair follicle. The intended end result is the same: Reduced hair growth without damaging surrounding tissue.
The main differences are:
- IPL is more commonly performed in beauty salons, as it does not require a trained professional
- IPL is cheaper than Laser Hair Removal
- Laser technology is much more effective, and achieves much better results than IPL. 90% of patients have permanent hair loss after 3-5 sessions of laser hair removal, with IPL patients having much more hair regrowth and requiring multiple sessions to achieve similar results.
- Lasers are more precise, and can selectively target dark course hairs (i.e. if there are a few specific hairs you want to remove), leaving the rest untouched. IPL cannot select specific hairs.
- Laser settings can be adjusted for skin tone and hair color
- IPL is riskier on darker skin tones, since the light waves cannot be adjusted
- IPL is good for treating other skin conditions such as fine blood vessels and skin pigmentation
In short, laser hair removal is a more expensive option, but due to the increased effectiveness and fewer sessions required, in the long run it can work out cheaper than IPL, and get you the results you’re looking for.
Where to get Laser Hair Removal in Malta
If you’re looking to get laser hair removal treatment in Malta, please feel free to consult All Malta Online’s list of trusted providers who will be able to supply you with the best course of action to suit your hair and skin type, as well as make recommendations between laser hair removal and IPL hair removal. View All Malta Online here
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