Laser hair removal is a safe, effective and permanent solution for reducing unwanted body and facial hair. Learn what to expect with this comprehensive guide from a doctor.

10 Things About Laser Hair Removal a Doctor Would Tell You

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TL:DR Summary

  • Efficiency Unveiled Laser hair removal is highly effective, targeting hair follicles for long-term results.
  • Time-Saver Alert Say goodbye to daily shaving; laser treatments are quick and require minimal sessions for lasting effects.
  • Cost-Effective Choice While upfront costs may seem high, laser hair removal saves you money in the long run compared to waxing.
  • Safety Assured With skilled specialists, laser hair removal is safe and minimizes risks like burns and scars.
  • Universal Appeal Laser hair removal isn’t just for women; men too can benefit from this aesthetic treatment.
  • Boost Your Confidence Ditch the razor and wax; laser hair removal enhances your self-esteem by providing smoother, hair-free skin.
The table provides a concise and clear overview of the essential dos and don'ts for people undergoing laser hair removal, covering aspects like pre-treatment care, skin type evaluation, post-treatment care, follow-up sessions, and general guidelines, all organized into three columns for easy reference.
The Dos and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal as an Innovation

As an Aesthetic Director with extensive experience in the field, I’ve witnessed first-hand the growing interest in laser hair removal. It’s a journey I’ve explored both through engaging with fellow experts and through rigorous research.

From my perspective, it’s crucial to understand the intricacies of this procedure before embarking on it. Laser hair removal offers more benefits than simply getting rid of unwanted hair. It is a complex process that requires knowledge about your skin and hair type, the technology used, and the expertise of the professional.

What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Laser Hair Removal

In my experience, the key to a successful laser hair removal experience lies in thorough preparation and informed expectations. It’s important to consider both short-term results and possible side effects, as well as the importance of follow-up care.

Because of this, I’ve compiled 10 things a doctor would share with you with regards to laser hair removal.

A woman undergoing a professional underarm hair removal treatment at Wellaholic, a renowned aesthetic chain in Singapore

Fact 1: Laser hair removal technology is effective.

Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed the remarkable evolution of aesthetic technology, particularly in the realm of hair removal. The advent of medical-grade laser machines marks a significant leap forward in this area. These lasers are engineered to emit a precise wavelength of light, which is meticulously targeted at the hair follicle.

This focused approach disrupts hair growth while protecting the surrounding skin.

How Lasers Get Smarter About Hair Removal

What truly sets these lasers apart is their ability to selectively absorb the pigment in the hair. This absorption is key to the process, as it leads to a gradual yet noticeable reduction in hair growth. Many patients report seeing a visible decrease in hair growth just weeks after their initial treatment.

SHR can cover larger areas of the body more quickly than other hair removal methods, making it a convenient option

Fact 2: There are 3 main types of laser hair removal in Singapore.

Today, though there are numerous brands, these are 3 laser long-term hair removal technologies that are easily available in Singapore based on your skin type and the appearance of your hair:

  • For fair to mid-toned skin with tool to crude dark hair: Alexandrite Laser (755 nm).
  • For darker skin types with rugged hair: ND: YAG Laser (1064 nm).
  • For fair to mid-toned skin in addition to dark fine hair: Diode Laser (800-810 nm).

SHR is a newer, more advanced technology than IPL

At Wellaholic, we focus on both IPL and SHR hair removal. SHR or Super Hair Removal technology is a newer technology as compared to IPL. Developed by Alma Lasers, SHR combines 755 nm,808 nm and 1064 nm laser wavelengths to target all skin types.

In addition, simultaneous contact cooling prevents burns and allows for a more comfortable treatment. This is ideal for skin and hair of all types and causes minimal irritation to the skin. Wellaholic’s SHR Prestige plan allows you hair reduction treatments on all body parts.

Below shows a tables of the various laser types for hair removal and their various features.

Laser TypeWavelength RangeSkin TypeHair ColorFeatures
Alexandrite755 nmFair to oliveLight to mediumFast treatment time and effective on larger areas of the body
Nd:YAG1064 nmAll skin typesDarkCan be used safely on all skin types including dark skin tones
Diode800-810 nmAll skin typesDarkLong-lasting results and good for large areas of body
Ruby694 nmFair to medium LightEffective on fine and light hair
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)500-1200 nmFair to dark Light to mediumCan treat a variety of skin and hair types
Different Types of Lasers for Hair Removal and Their Features
Unlike waxing, shaving, or other hair removal treatments, laser hair removal can provide a permanent reduction in hair growth over time

Fact 3: Laser hair removal saves you a lot of time

Typically, it takes about 4 to 6 sessions for long-term hair removal. This depends largely on the individual’s hair type and the specific area being treated. What’s equally impressive is the minimal downtime post-treatment.

Professional Laser Hair Removal Minimizes Risks

When performed by a skilled professional, clients usually have minimal redness and a lower risk of complications such as burns or scarring. This allows people to easily fit the treatment into their busy lives and resume their daily activities almost right away.

Fact 4: Laser hair removal is cost-effective

At prominent waxing salons, each waxing session costs as much as $200. For most of the time, you will need multiple sessessions–someen up to 8 sessions or even more! In fact, for most people, waxing is a continuous affair as the hairs will continue to grow. Visualize the total amount you spend for all these sessions. IPL therapies are more affordable than laser, but they require multiple sessions and the hair removal is not permanent.

In Singapore, laser hair treatment can cost up to $400 per session, only 4–6 sessions. Sounds very expensive, right? But with hair laser removal, the risk of needing to get another razor and shave again is extremely reduced. By visiting a physician for laser hair removal, you can save a lot of money in the long run.

Wellaholic offers affordable plans, with prices starting at just $209 per month for unlimited hair removal on all body parts (SHR Deluxe Unlimited).

Please see the table below which shows the prices of SHR hair removal treatments by providers in Singapore.

Hair Removal Package (Full Body)Price RangeService ProviderAdditional Notes
WellaSmooth (Full Body SHR + Full Shaving + Skin Whitening)$399/MonthWellaholicSHR is a laser diode; ideal for all skin tones
SHR Unlimited Prestige (Full Body SHR incl. Brazilian)$259/MonthWellaholicSHR is a laser diode; ideal for all skin tones
SHR Unlimited Deluxe (Full Body SHR)$209/MonthWellaholicSHR is a laser diode; ideal for all skin tones
Full Body (Full Arms + Legs + Brazilian)$694Service Provider BA50% Off for first try
Full Body (For 22 Areas)$498Service Provider DLSHR is a laser diode; ideal for all skin tones
Ala Carte Full Body (Full Arms + Legs + Brazilian)$468Service Provider DLSHR is a laser diode; ideal for all skin tones
Full Body incl. Boyzilian$512Service Provider DLFor male customers only
Ala Carte Full Body (Full Arms + Legs + Brazilian)$613.33Service Provider QIPL is more ideal for darker skin tones
Full Arms + Legs + Brazilian$338Service Provider TAOr $3380 for a 10-session plan
Full Arms + Legs + Brazilian$720Service Provider TACIPL is more ideal for darker skin tones
Pricing of SHR Hair Removal Treatments in Singapore, Based on Published Prices
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, laser hair removal usually requires a series of treatments to achieve the best results

Fact 5: Laser hair removal is safe

Laser hair removal is very effective but can have risks like burns, skin Color changes, and scarring.

When performed by an expert who knows laser technology and skin, the risks are greatly reduced.

Why Comprehensive Training Matters in Laser Hair Removal

In my years of practice, I’ve emphasized the importance of comprehensive training for any practitioner offering laser hair removal services.

The training should cover both the technical aspects of laser usage and the effects of laser treatment on different skin types.

Fact 6: Laser hair removal is suitable for all skin types

While laser hair removal is generally safe and effective for most skin types, there are some factors that can affect its suitability and success. For example, people with darker skin tones may be more prone to experiencing side effects such as burns or pigmentation changes, as the laser targets the melanin in the hair follicle, which can also be present in the surrounding skin.

Lasers Get Targeted for Diverse Skin Tones

However, advances in laser technology have made it possible to treat a wider range of skin types and hair colors than ever before. For example, some lasers are specifically designed to target darker skin tones, using longer wavelengths that bypass the melanin in the skin and focus on the hair follicle instead.

In Singapore, the availability and accessibility of laser hair removal treatments have broadened.

Fact 7: Laser hair removal is for both men and women.

In recent years, I’ve observed a significant shift in the demographics seeking laser hair removal treatments. Traditionally perceived as a beauty procedure primarily for women, the narrative is changing rapidly.

More and more men are getting laser hair removal for both cosmetic and practical reasons, such as comfort. Men seek relief from the hassles of regular shaving, razor burns, and ingrown hairs—just like women.

Why Singaporeans are Choosing Laser Hair Removal

In Singapore, the availability and accessibility of laser hair removal treatments have broadened. Many clinics and salons on the island provide different types of laser treatments for various skin types and body areas, such as the face, legs, underarms, and bikini line.

The appeal of these treatments lies in their efficiency – the process is swift and involves minimal discomfort, with most clients noticing significant results after just a few sessions.

SHR Hair Removal - All the Body Parts You Can Treat
SHR Hair Removal – All the Body Parts that you can treat

Fact 8: Laser hair removal can treat all parts of the body

Laser hair removal treatments can treat all the damaged areas in your body.
For females, the most common areas requested for hair elimination are the following:.

For men, the most common locations asked for hair elimination are the following:.

Fact 9: Laser hair removal can last a long, long time

Laser hair removal is a fascinating process that uses concentrated laser beams to stop hair growth at the root. The process reduces hair growth and can result in longer periods of smooth skin compared to conventional methods.

Although periodic maintenance sessions may be needed, laser hair removal is a cost-effective and efficient way to achieve long-term hair reduction.

Plus, with the time and money you'll save on shaving and waxing, you'll have even more reasons to strut your stuff with pride. So go ahead, embrace your smooth, silky skin – we won't judge.

Fact 10: Laser hair removal can help boost your confidence.

Feeling confident in your own skin can be difficult, especially when it comes to hair removal. And don’t even get us started on the horrors of ingrown hairs. But fear not, dear reader, for laser hair removal is here to save the day – and your self-esteem. Laser hair removal can permanently remove unwanted hair, boosting your confidence when wearing a bikini or lounging around.

Plus, with the time and money you’ll save on shaving and waxing, you’ll have even more reasons to strut your stuff with pride. So go ahead, embrace your smooth, silky skin – we won’t judge.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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