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Laser treatments - the who, what, and why?

Laser treatments are popular for several reasons; from laser tattoo and hair removal to IPL skin rejuvenation; laser accommodates to various client requirements.

How can laser be used?

Laser tattoo removal is a process that uses intense light beams to break down tattoo ink particles; these are then naturally absorbed by the lymphatic system and are excreted by the body. It's a procedure that can take anywhere from several minutes to a few hours, and can be used to completely remove a tattoo or fade enough to cover up with a new design. Commonly, most people will need multiple sessions for complete removal, with 4-6 weeks between sessions to allow the skin to heal.

Next, we have laser hair removal, one of the most popular treatments to remove body hair. In fact, statistics show that in 2021, the global market for laser hair removal totalled an estimated 798.6 million USD. These numbers alone are a big enough indication of its popularity- here is why. Laser hair removal targets the hair follicles with pulses of light, causing the follicles to go dormant and fall out, a permanent solution to hair removal.

Finally, IPL skin treatments: By using different waves of IPL light through the use of filters, multiple skin conditions can be targeted. The IPL light can stimulate the production of collagen, targeting bacteria and fading pigmentation to help acne and pigmentation clearance, thread vein removal, wrinkle reduction and skin rejuvenation.

Does laser hurt?

Pain-related questions seem to be the most common; like most things, the reactions are subjective- what hurts one may not hurt another. Of course, all of these procedures come with risks and side effects, which is why it's essential to find a licensed professional with plenty of experience to carry out the treatments. With the advancement of technology and technique, the space is seeing an increase in regulation and ensuring that those performing such treatments have the experience to do so. While the risks and side effects are few, it is always helpful to keep them in mind.


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