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We know that waxing and threading can be both time consuming and painful, however these don’t have to be your only options. For those with darker hair opting for standard laser hair removal, the treatment works by using light beams to target and heat the hair follicles to restrict the blood supply at the root of the hair, reducing further growth. Suitable for all skin types, an average of six to ten treatments are needed, one every four to six weeks, to destroy the hair follicles beneath the skin and prevent hair growth. Laser hair removal is a great alternative to traditional methods such as waxing, shaving and threading, ultimately saving you time and money.
Multiple treatments are needed (between six and ten) because only the hair in the active growth phase – the Anagen phase – can be affected by the laser. Time is needed for hairs in the Catagen and Telogen phases to move into the Anagen phase. Effective results require treatments spread evenly and consistently, from four to eight weeks, depending on the face area.
Pre treatment Advice:
> For laser hair removal to be effective, the hair needs to be present in the follicle. This means waxing, threading and tweezing must be avoided before the treatment. You’ll also need to avoid bleaching your hair as the laser needs pigmented follicles to target.
> You can shave in between treatments but remember that the treated hair will start to fall out of its own accord 1-2 weeks after your first treatment.
> Do not bleach your hair as there’s no pigment in bleached hair for the laser to target.
> If your skin has been exposed to the sun within 4 weeks before your treatment, let your practitioner know prior to your treatment.
> We can’t treat anyone with a tan – real or fake. If you’re tanned, please contact your clinic at least 48 hours prior to your next appointment to seek advice on how you should proceed.
> You must stop any acid based products such as Retinol, Glycolic and Salicylic at least 1-2 weeks before each treatment.
> If you have been prescribed or are taking any new medications or herbal supplements, or if anything medically changes let your practitioner know prior to your treatment.
Q: How old do I have to be to have laser hair removal?
A: We only treat clients 18 years or older, this is because hormonal changes before this age may mean that your hair will still come back even after treatment.
Q: Can I have laser hair removal if I’m breastfeeding?
A: You can have laser hair removal whilst breastfeeding, the only area we don’t advise treatment on is around the nipple area, however all other body areas are fine to treat.
Q: Can I have laser hair removal if I’m pregnant?
A: If you are pregnant, we cannot treat you for laser hair removal. This is because of the lack of information about the effect on the fetus, and yours and your baby’s safety is our key concern.
Q: Can I have laser hair removal if I have keloid scars?
A: If you have keloid scars, or a predisposition to keloid scarring, we would assess the areas to be treated on a case by case basis. Keloid scars are a type of a scar that could be either red of purely white as a normal scar. This type of scar extends the original size of the wound, meaning that it expands the size of the injury.
Q: Will I need time to recover after treatments?
A: You may experience some reddening of the skin around where the hair used to be, which could last from a few minutes to 24 or 48 hours. For two days after each treatment, avoid exposure to the sun and don’t use the gym, saunas, steam rooms etc.
Q: How do I know if I’m suitable?
A: We have the safest and most effective lasers which allow us to treat all skin types.
Q: Does laser hair removal hurt?
A: Our Cynosure Elite+ lasers treat the area with a cooling jet of air to keep you feeling comfortable during your laser hair removal treatments. Our Diode lasers have a chilled applicator and we also use a cooling gel to keep discomfort to a minimum. We can apply a local anaesthetic to the area if needed; however, you will get an idea of how the treatment feels during the initial test patch. If you are used to waxing, laser hair removal is often described as less painful.
Q: Can I have laser hair removal after receiving treatment for cancer?
A: If it is under a year since you have been all clear, you cannot have laser hair removal. If you have been clear for one to three years, you will need a letter from your specialist for us to pass on to our Medical Director for review. Unfortunately, if you have had any lymph nodes removed from under your arms or breasts, you can’t have laser hair removal under your arms, even if you are all clear.
Q: How is laser hair removal different from other treatments?
A: Laser hair removal requires a short-term commitment to achieve long-term results. Results are not instantaneous but once your treatments have been completed, you won’t have to think about regular hair removal again.