Would you like to be hair-free by summer 2016? If so, start planning your course of laser hair removal today. People who start their laser hair removal this September, will be enjoying the hair-free benefits on the beach next summer.

People on average require 6-8 laser treatments on any given area in order to achieve permanent hair removal. With the 6-8 week gap required between treatments, you’re looking at a total of around 36-48 weeks to complete your laser hair removal course. Think of it as similar to a school year. If you start in September, you should be looking to be hair-free by the following June, perfect for the start of the summer.

Winter is the ideal time for laser treatment due to the way in which laser hair removal works. Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light Systems (IPLs) target melanin in the hair. Light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and is heated to around 60-70 degrees for a split second. This is why it’s crucial that the surrounding skin is not tanned, otherwise the laser will end up heating your skin as well. So if you’re not careful or choose the wrong provider, using the wrong piece of equipment for your skin type, lasers and IPLs can easily damage your skin and your skin pigmentation.

Most pictures I see on the internet of laser burns (like the ones below) are either because the client clearly has an active tan, or the wrong laser or IPL has been used. Photos of people with dark skin, sporting large burn marks in the shape of rectangular blocks have clearly been treated with an IPL when this should never have occurred. A good laser clinic will always have a choice of both lasers and IPLs in order to be able to select the correct equipment for the appropriate skin type. Clinics which only invest in one type of laser technology have in the past tried to push the boundaries of their laser or IPL in a bid to try and treat as many people as possible, but have done so to their detriment.

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Photos of laser burns.

Skin-typing clients correctly according to the Fitzpatrick scale is also crucial in order to avoid side effects like laser burns, blistering and scarring as seen in the above photos. The Fitzpatrick skin type scale ranging from 1 (being the palest) to 6 (black skin) is crucial in determining the laser settings required in order to do an effective treatment, whilst protecting the skin. A thorough laser consultation therefore should set aside ample time in order to determine a client’s skin-type by asking various questions including reaction to sunlight, tanning ability and assessing their hair and eye colour. Get the skin type wrong, even by just one, on the Fitzpatrick scale and the client will be either be suffering the consequences, or paying for an ineffective treatment.

Laser hair removal is an extremely safe and effective treatment if you choose your clinic wisely. At Laser Skin Solutions we are the most highly qualified laser clinic in Bournemouth. We are the only clinic which insists on staff obtaining the BTEC Laser & Light Award (currently the highest national qualification available). As a laser trainer, I also train dermatologists, GPs and clinicians in the use of lasers and IPLs and have completed the Advanced Skin Laser Application Award from the University of Manchester. We allow an hour for consultations in order to thoroughly assess the suitability of a client for laser treatment, which includes ample time to correctly skin-type a patient. We offer a choice of both laser and IPL meaning you will be treated with whichever is most appropriate for you, not because it is the only laser we happen to have.

To read more about us and why we are the most highly qualified laser clinic in the area to deliver your treatment, click on the about our clinic page.

For your free, no obligation consultation, call us today on 01202 985 029