Laser Hair Removal Isn’t 100% permanent – Singapore Doctor Explains Why

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Laser hair treatments in Singapore cost around $400 per session, and a treatment cycle usually consists of around 4-6 sessions. This can vary across certain factors, such as the clinic you choose and the type of laser treatment you opt for. Laser treatments are often a more cost-effective choice compared to waxing. Waxing can cost up to $200 a session at popular salons. For complete hair removal, sometimes up to 8 sessions is required. Even so, hair removal is sometimes non-permanent.

Do you always feel sad because you can’t consistently wear your favourite skirts, sleeveless tops and dresses because of the unflattering excessive hairs all over your body? Are jeans, long pants and sleeved clothes your only best friends when you don’t have enough time to shave or pluck all the hair out? If you are a man, are you not confident enough to show your beach body thinking you might scare the ladies away with your hairy trunk and back?

There are so many ways to remove unwanted hairs in the body. I am sure you have tried waxing, plucking, shaving and even IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) … but a few weeks later, the hairs are all back and it can be very frustrating!

In addition to your frustration, permanent hair removal can take up a lot of our time and can be very expensive. Also, traditional methods of hair removal often result in scarring, burns and darkening of the skin.

If you have been wishing for that one solution that could give you long-lasting results, laser permanent hair removal technology is here to make your wish come true!

In Singapore, there are a number of clinics that offer laser permanent hair removal treatment but there are still some doubts and misconceptions about this procedure.

To help you know the truth about laser permanent hair removal in Singapore, here are 15 facts about why laser hair removal is the best choice for you!

1. Laser permanent hair removal technology is effective.

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Thanks to the innovation of technology, there are now sophisticated devices like laser machines that works effectively remove your persistent and undesirable hair growth.

Medical grade lasers work by releasing a single specific wavelength of light resulting in a  maximized laser focus on the target area enabling it to precisely control where the energy is being delivered. This energy is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair resulting in disruption of hair growth cycle without damaging the surrounding skin or follicle.

In most cases, as reported by patients, visible reduction in hair growth is already noticeable weeks after the first session.

2. There are three primary laser permanent hair removals available in Singapore.

Today, though there are many brands, these are three laser permanent hair removal technologies that are readily available in Singapore depending on your skin type and the texture of your hair:

  • For fair to mid-toned skin with medium to coarse dark hair: Alexandrite Laser (755nm)
  • For darker skin types with coarse hair: ND: YAG Laser (1064 nm)
  • For fair to mid-toned skin as well as dark fine hair: Diode Laser (800-810 nm)

The type of laser hair removal is recommended by your doctor that is why proper consultation is a must.

3. Laser permanent hair removal saves you a lot of time.

Laser permanent hair removal is a quick procedure and each session can be done in as fast as 30 minutes! One patient even shared that the session only took 20 seconds to finish!

Depending on your hair type and the area being treated, only 4 to 6 sessions are required for permanent hair removal!

Also, after treatment, there is minimal to zero downtime, reduced redness, and with the hands of an expert, no complications like burns and scarring. After treatment, you can easily go back to your normal everyday routine.

4. Laser permanent hair removal is cost-effective.

At popular waxing salons, each waxing session costs up to $200. Most of the time, you will need multiple sessions—some even up to 8 sessions! Imagine the total amount you spend for all these sessions. Similarly, even though per session of IPL treatments are cheaper than laser, more sessions are required to do the job—and the hair removal not even permanent!

In Singapore, laser hair treatment can cost up to $400 per session only just 4-6 sessions. Sounds very expensive right? But with hair laser removal, the risk of having to get another razor and shave again is very low.

So, by going to the doctor for your laser hair removal, you can end up spending less in the long run and save you lots of money.

5. Laser permanent hair removal is safe.

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Laser permanent hair removal is considered as a less invasive procedure, FDA-approved and have passed clinical trials.

In Singapore, only medical doctors are permitted to perform laser treatments. Beauty salons are not licensed to administer laser treatments for cosmetic purposes. Since laser hair removal can only by done by qualified medical professionals, you are guaranteed to be safe hands.

A doctor can perform a proper medical evaluation and select the right laser type for you and how often you should perform your treatments. Doctors can also tailor your laser treatment for you by controlling laser intensity to achieve more effective results.

If not done by a certified medical doctor, the wrong type of laser can be used and could lead to scarring and burns on your skin.

6. Laser permanent hair removal is suitable for all skin types.

This advanced FDA-approved laser technology is suitable for all skin types, skin colours, complexions.

Laser hair removal also works for sensitive skin. In fact, laser hair removal is actually great for sensitive skin. Patients with sensitive skin will no longer have to worry about itchy stubble or irritating waxing sensations after a laser hair removal session.

7. Laser permanent hair removal is for men and women.

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Traditionally, laser hair removal is mostly associated with women.  But in this day and age, more and more men turn to cosmetic procedures like laser hair removal to improve their overall appearance. Men get tired of shaving, razor burns, and ingrown hairs too you know!

Laser hair removal can safely and effectively treat excessive hair growth for all genders!

8. Laser permanent hair removal can treat all the hairy areas in your body.

For women, the most common areas requested for hair removal are the following:

  • face (chin, jawlines)
  • upper and lower lips
  • arms and legs
  • brazilian area
  • under arms
  • nipples
  • buttocks
  • tummy

For men, the most common areas requested for hair removal are the following:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Ears
  • Face (also, beard reduction)
  • Sensitive parts caused by hormonal Imbalance

9. Laser permanent hair removal has lasting effects.

Can laser hair removal get rid 100% of your hair? Based on clinical trials and reports from experienced doctors,  laser hair removal procedure can only remove about 80 to 90% of hair.  Though, any hair left behind should be unnoticeable.

Also, laser hair removal permanently reduces the total number of hair but does not guarantee permanent removal of all hair. Doctors call this “permanent hair reduction”.

Unfortunately, there is no way to fully remove all the hair in your body and there is always a chance that your hair will grow back. But with laser hair removal, some follicles have disrupted growth cycles and cannot grow hair again, so the thickness of your hair will be thinner than usual.

10. Laser permanent hair removal will boost confidence.

After laser permanent hair removal treatment, you will never have to worry about unattractive hair. You can now wear your favourite skirts and flaunt your beach body without feeling judged and embarrassed—a perfect procedure that will eventually improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence.

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