Permanent Laser Hair Reduction
If you're not content with shaving, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures nowadays . It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorbs the light. That destroys the hair.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.
Benefits of laser hair removal include:
1. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
2. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
3. Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is more than just ''zapping'' unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.
You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.
Depending on the laser or light source used, you and the technician will need to wear appropriate eye protection. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.
Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for bad reactions.
When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You'll get treatments until hair stops growing.
Recovery and Risks
For a day or two afterward, the treated area of your skin will look and feel like it's sunburned. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the next day unless your skin is blistering.
Diode laser gives safe and effective treatments for fairer skin types and allows us to target lightly pigmented hairs as well.
Is the treatment safe?
The clinic is medically supervised at all times. The light produced by the laser is in the infrared end of the light spectrum as opposed to the ultraviolet end. This type of light is non-carcinogenic (non-cancer causing).
Lasers have been used in the medical profession for over 15 years and no long-term side effects have been reported.
Does the treatment hurt?
Everyone’s pain threshold is different. As treatment settings vary, according to individual skin and hair types, so do the levels of discomfort. We provide the option of a topical anaesthetic and also our patented inbuilt cooling system allows us to specially cool the treatment area, hence reducing the discomfort level. This will be discussed at your initial consultation.
The test patch performed at the consultation will give you an idea as to the discomfort level.
Who carries out the treatment?
All of our treatments are carried out by fully qualified Laser technicians, Nurses and Doctors who have passed an in-house examination on laser hair reduction and have undergone the Core of Knowledge training which focuses on Health and Safety issues. The in-house training is conducted by our Medical Director who is associated with the American & European Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.
What does the consultation and test patch involve?
The consultation involves a discussion with the laser practitioner who will examine your skin and hair type for suitability. A test patch is carried out to determine the best suitable laser and treatment settings and to avoid overdosing the skin. If any adverse effects are experienced on the test patch area, we may need to re-assess your treatment programme. A test patch is mandatory for each area to be treated.
How many treatments will I need?
During your consultation we will assess the skin and hair and plan a tailor-made programme that will offer you the best results to suit your needs. On average we recommend a course of 6-8 sessions. However, some clients do not need to return after 3to 4 treatments and some may need a couple of more sessions. The sessions are typically spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart.
How long does each treatment take?
This depends on the size of the area you are having treated. The lasers have a variable spot size from 3 to 30mm. These are some of the largest in the industry. This enables us to clear an area very quickly, which also reflects in the price. For example, a bikini and underarm together takes about 30 minutes, an upper lip takes 10 mins.
Does the laser treat blond / Grey hair / Very fine?
Very blond / grey / very fine hair are not suitable for laser treatment, on one hand because of insufficient heat being generated in the hair and on the other because too much heat is being generated in the skin.
Can I remove the hair between treatments?
The hair is not to be removed from your skin during treatment as the old, dead hair (the hair cast) has to work its way out. The hair cast (the treated hair which falls out by itself) often appears to be growing hair for up to two weeks after treatment, after which it will fall out. You can remove the hair cast by shaving, trimming or depilatory cream. Waxing and plucking are not acceptable methods of removing the hair between treatments.
Is there anything I should avoid before and during my treatment course?
Do your best to minimize a suntan to the area being treated as a suntan can put your skin at risk as the increased skin pigment will absorb some of the laser heat. This includes sun beds and self-tanning creams. Do not apply aggravating creams to the skin before or during the course of treatment. This includes Glycolic Acid (AHA creams) and Retin-A cream. Also be sure to tell us if you have been taking any tablets for acne, for any period in the year before treatment or if you are taking any herbal medications as these can make your skin sensitive to laser.
Care for 48 hours after treatment
Some redness and swelling is expected in the area for a few hours post treatment. Avoid perfume, body lotions, after-shave, make-up and deodorant on the treated area. Avoid heat treatments such as hot baths or showers, saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzi.