Laser hair removal is a safe hair removal treatment that can be used on a variety of skin and hair types. While not guaranteed to be permanent, it’s the most effective hair removal option boasting great results.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is basically a medical procedure that uses an intense, pulsating beam of light (the laser) to remove any unwanted hair. It’s the energy from the laser beam that is picked up the pigment in the hair follicle, destroying the hair at the root. This reduces the re-growth of hair. 

The Motif™ applicator 

This is a form of laser hair removal that is growing in popularity, providing safe and effective hair removal treatments. Because Motif™ is powered by elōs™ technology, it uses combined energies to remove hair gently – so virtually no pain – and it works on a variety of hair types and skin tones.  

Where can laser hair removal be used?

Laser hair removal can effectively be used on any body part that requires it, but it is often most effective on the bikini, lip, chin and underarm areas where hair is thick and coarse. The reason laser hair removal works best on thick hair is because the laser is actually attracted to the pigment within the hair, so darker hair will be targeted more. However, it’s important to note that some hair is extremely resistant, requiring more treatments. Hormonal changes can also cause hair bulbs to become active, so they will need to be targeted with the next round of treatment. 

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is incredibly effective in slowing hair growth, but there is no guarantee that the treatment is permanent. The way laser hair removal works is by using energy to heat the hair follicles and prevent hair from growing. The follicles are actually put into a state of dormancy for a much longer period of time. 

An individual will require multiple laser hair removal treatments to ensure an extended period without hair, and there might be a requirement for maintenance treatments in the future. So, while laser hair removal is often referred to as ‘permanent’, the treatments will reduce the number of unwanted hairs and result in much lighter, finer hairs in future. 

How many laser hair removal sessions are needed?

As with many cosmetic procedures, the treatment will differ for every individual. Most aesthetic practitioners will recommend at least six treatment sessions which will take place every four-to-eight weeks depending on area treated. To ensure maximum success, clients are encouraged to follow the advice of the practitioner because the laser will target hair follicles at different stages of the growth cycle. 

For most individuals, the laser hair removal treatment is visibly effective after about the fourth session, with maintenance sessions required once a month for at least three months. However, depending on the individual hair growth, maintenance sessions might be required for the following six months.  

So, is laser hair removal worth it?

The latest Motif™ treatments ensure that the experience is almost completely pain-free as there is a cooling of the skin and ongoing measurements of the skin resistance to ensure maximum comfort. This means clients are able to resume normal workday activities following the procedure. And, while laser hair removal is not necessarily permanent, it’s still one of the best treatment options for slowing hair growth over an extended period of time.