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7 facts about banishing facial hair

Published on January 26, 2015 by

The causes are many, but it’s difficult to deal with such a visible condition.  Most women are very self-conscious when there are strong dark hairs growing anywhere around their faces and often look anxiously in the mirror before leaving the house to ensure they aren’t looking like the bearded lady!

Why is facial hair so hard to get rid of?

The root of each hair is safely tucked away at the bottom of the hair follicle – a tiny channel that protects the root and the lower part of the hair.  Pulling the hair out doesn’t destroy the root – it just grows again. 

Shaving gets rid of the hair that is above the skin so it quickly shows as the hair grows. 

Depilatory creams dissolve the visible hair and maybe a little of the hair at the entrance to the follicle, so in a short time the hair is visible again. 

Plucking and waxing do pull most of the hair out, but only detach it from the root, leaving the root active to grow a new hair.  This means that it may be a bit longer before the hair shows, but it will grow again.

Can facial hair be removed permanently?

No system will ever guarantee a permanent hair removal system (or at least, they shouldn’t).  However, there are long term solutions like electrolysis and, more recently, laser treatments that prevent hair regrowth for a considerable period of time.  The most modern laser hair removal systems (like the Super Soprano XL system we use) is highly effective, but you may need to return after two years to treat any regrowth.

How does semi-permanent hair removal work?

Both electrolysis and laser systems work on the root of each hair aiming to destroy it so it can’t grow again. 

Electrolysis can sometimes deform the root causing ingrowing hairs, whilst laser is a more reliable solution. 

The laser creates a light pulse that breaks the hair down at the root level.  Lasers target the pigment so work extremely well on dark hair.  Some hair roots will re-establish themselves after a while, but new hair growth doesn’t usually happen for at least a couple of years.

Does it hurt?

Electrolysis is an old-fashioned approach and is quite painful, it is also quite a slow process.  Most laser hair removal systems involve some pain or discomfort, but the latest technology is not only pain-free, but more effective too.  Patients tell us it feels like a tingling sensation or sometimes they feel slight heat, but no pain!

Is it just one treatment?

Hair grows in a cycle over about six months and there are four stages to its growth.  At any time about 20% of your hair is dormant and the laser will only destroy hairs that are in the early growth stage.  You should expect to have at least six sessions over a period of time.

Does laser hair removal work on everyone?

If you have darker skin (Mediterranean or Asian ethnicity) most laser systems are not advised as the laser targets the darker pigmentation and can leave darker patches.  However, the latest technology is safe for all skin-types.  We use the Super Soprano XL laser hair removal system, which is safe for most skin types and targets even lighter coloured hairs too.

Can laser hair removal be used on other areas?

The laser hair removal system we use can be used anywhere on the body.  It’s very effective at removing excess body hair as well as facial hair.  Many of our patients at our Clinics in both Bedfordshire and in London are men who wish to remove some of their body hair to look better on the beach.  Patients come from nearby Luton, St Albans and other places in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and even further afield. 

Getting rid of excess hair on the face or body has a direct effect on your confidence, so you feel better about how you look and lose that self-consciousness about what people are looking at.

The first step to achieving this is to book an initial consultation to find out how laser hair removal can change your life.  Call us on 01582 762877 to book an appointment.

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