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All questions and answers on laser hair removal

A good dermatologist should be the best advice on hair removal. Zoom on laser hair removal with Doctor Vincent Cante in Bordeaux.

You too, with the approach of winter, you begin to let the weeks pass between each hair removal session, even if it means going into grizzly mode? It is true that waxing is not really a moment of great happiness, but in summer, regular sessions are essential to say the least. Indispensable, really? What if you opted for permanent hair removal? Here are our answers to the most common questions.

Laser hair removal, how does it work?

Laser hair removal, also called permanent hair removal, consists of passing a specific light on the areas to be treated in order to destroy the hair directly from the bulb. To understand how it works, you first need to know how the hair cycle works. The hair follows a cycle in 3 stages:

  1. He pushes
  2. He stops pushing
  3. He falls

It is only during the first period of the cycle that the hair is connected to the bulb. It is therefore during this period that laser hair removal is effective. Indeed, the bulb is destroyed by the heat communicated by the hair. Therefore, as soon as the hair is no longer linked to the bulb, the latter is not destroyed.

If all the hairs started their cycle at the same time, one session would be enough to eradicate them from the surface of your skin. But, of course, this is not the case. It is therefore necessary to do several sessions, generally between 4 and 8.

After that there may be a few hairs left, but very light and sparse. Once you have completed several sessions, you will no longer need to think about it, summer or winter. A touch-up session from time to time can be considered, but without obligation. It is therefore very comfortable and a real time saver.

Make an appointment with your  dermatologist in Bordeaux for a laser hair removal session

What is the behavior to take before and after a session?

Before a session, it is recommended to shave, at best the day before the session, so that the hair is as short as possible and that the effect is optimal. On the other hand, it is important not to epilate, under penalty of preventing any effectiveness of permanent facial hair removal. Indeed, if you epilate, you remove the hairs, which will then no longer be able to communicate heat to the bulb, which will therefore not be destroyed.

After a session, the application of a soothing cream is recommended. In case of sun exposure, it is essential to apply full screen.

Who is laser hair removal for?

Male or female, there is no distinction. On the other hand, all skin types can be treated with laser hair removal. Depending on the color of the skin, the practitioner has the choice between two types of lasers. He will therefore use an Alexandrite Laser on fair skin, and a Yag Laser on dark, dark or tanned skin. This requires a greater number of laser sessions.

It should be noted that it only works on dark hair, so blonde and red hair cannot be removed with laser light.

Are there any contraindications? Areas that cannot be treated?

Almost all areas of the body can be subjected to permanent hair removal, except for the eyebrows, for which we limit ourselves to the area in between, the contour of the eyebrows being too close to the eyeballs.

However, the face as a whole is a delicate area. Indeed, it is a hormonal zone, which implies that the hairs generally regrow anyway, even if the regrowth is much longer than with conventional hair removal. Touch-up sessions should generally be scheduled every 3 to 6 months.

On the other hand, permanent hair removal, like traditional hair removal, involves risks on the down. This risks worsening the hair growth by stimulating hair regrowth. However, it remains possible and can, over time, offer good results. Likewise, in young adolescents, whose hair is not yet really in place, it is not recommended to have recourse to permanent hair removal.

Finally, it is impossible to carry out laser hair removal on an injured or tattooed area. Taking certain medications (anticoagulants, tanning activators, etc.) also prevents access to this method, as does hypersensitivity to light or a history of skin cancer.

Is laser hair removal painful?

No, permanent hair removal is not painful. On the other hand, some patients experience some discomfort. The passage of the laser may cause tingling or a feeling of intense heat which may be unpleasant.

How much does permanent hair removal cost?

The budget for laser hair removal is completely proportional to the area treated. For example, permanent hair removal for the upper lip will cost around 50 €, while underarms represent a budget of 80 €. A full jersey costs 150 € while full legs require an investment of 370 € euros.

In comparison, a classic lip hair removal costs between 10 and 15 €, the armpits or the bikini line, between 15 and 20 € and the legs around 40 euros. But this should be renewed approximately every 3 to 4 weeks to maintain a good result.

Now you know the basics about laser hair removal. Between practicality, time saving and economy, it is a real good alternative to conventional hair removal. Male or female, we stand by your first session.


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