LASER HAIR REDUCTION

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

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After a series of treatment sessions, you can enjoy permanent hair reduction and silky smooth skin.

Using a variety of hair reduction technologies with a medical-grade, award-winning clinical laser.

Amazing discounts on courses and packages.

Start your laser journey in the winter and be hair-free for summer! With no more shaving or waxing appointments.

FAQ...

WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO YOU USE?

Beautiful U has an award-winning, medical grade, clinical laser with various technologies, treating not only hair, but a variety of concerns - from various skin rejuvination to tattoo removal.

Progressive Photo-thermolysis SHR (Super Hair Removal) is a revolutionary new technology that combines laser technology and pulse light for the removal of most types of hair, fine and coarse. Even hairs that until now have been difficult or even impossible to be removed, can now be treated.      It is different from traditional IPL and laser as it targets the hair germ cells, blood supply and melanin of the hair. 

SHR is an in-motion technique, gliding over the area for quicker treatments. It delivers heat and light to the hair follicles in repetitive sequences at around 5-10 shots per second. It is safer and more effective than conventional IPL which utilises massive amounts of heat to destroy hair follicles which can be painful. SHR uses multiple shots at lower joules, and is pain-free. New research has shown that a slower, longer heating process is more effective for permanent hair reduction than high and short levels of energy.

E-Light (a combination of IPL and Radio Frequency) another new technology,  increases performance and reduces pain with its built-in Ice-cold system. Elight is great for small areas such as the upper lip and intimate areas, where the in-motion SHR can be tricky

Beautiful U also has an 755nm Alexandrite Laser for very small areas, such as toes or nipples.

AM I SUITABLE?

Succesful on black, brown, light brown and some strawberry blonde hair colours. Light blonde, grey or white hair cannot be treated.

Suitable for up to and including a Fitzpatrick skin type 4 (diagram bottom of page). Your skin type will be assessed during the consultation and questions will be asked, including how your skin usually reacts to sunlight etc, this will determine your suitability for laser.

It is important for the effectiveness of the treatment that you are generally fit and well and that your immune system is not compromised and functions as normal. You will complete a short medical questionnaire to determine suitability

 

There are some conditions that prohibit you from treatment, and common medications that may cause photosensitivity can include, but are not limited to: Antibiotics. Antidepressants. Antihistamines. Antihypertensives. Antiparasitics. Antipsychotics. Contraceptives. Diuretics. Hypoglycaemics. NSAID. Retinoids. In some instances, For insurance purposes I may require you to obtain a letter of authorisation from the prescribing Doctor or GP for any medications which may cause photosensitivity, without it treatment cannot go ahead

For more information on contra-indications click here...

DO I NEED A CONSULTATION & PATCH TEST?

Yes, treatment cannot go ahead with it. Beautiful U requires you to complete a short Medical Questionnaire before you commence any laser or IPL treatments. This will be emailed to you prior to your initial consultation, this allows to check your suitabilty for treatment, as some conditions or medications prohibit you from laser treatments and would be unsafe for you at that time.

 

It is not uncommon to request you obtain GP authorisation before treatment can go ahead for some conditions or medications.

During the consultation the treatment will be discussed fully and a series of 3 small patch tests (at various energies) will be caried out, enabling the correct parameters to be established and check your skins tolerance to light. Full treatment can then commence 3-14 days later following no adverse reactions.

 

Each time you return for subsequent appointments you will be asked to sign in agreement you have not been tanning and that no changes to your medical history or medication have taken place since your previous treatment. It is your responsibility to inform Beautiful U of any health or medication changes throughout the course of your treatment. Failure to do so may result in complications.

DOES IT HURT?

No, with SHR a warm tingling sensation may be felt but is generally very comfortable.
Elight (a new technology-IPL & RF) has a built-in cooling system to further make the treatment more comfortable than traditional IPL. Some areas can be more sensitive than others, for example, the upper lip, neck, back of hands and labia.

WHEN SHOULD I START A COURSE?

Laser treatments cannot be preformed on tanned skin (or at risk of becoming tanned during the course), therefore the best time to start a course of laser hair reduction is with less sun-exposure in the autumn, winter, and spring.  Also allowing for considerable hair reduction ready for the summer!

HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?

Most people vary in the number of treatments required, this does depend on where their hair cycles are when we first start, but usually most people need on average 6-10 treatments. Clients can have 60% loss after just 4 sessions. Occasionally some clients may need more than 10, an example of this is hairs on the face which can be a little more resistant and patients suffering from hormone imbalance may require more treatments.

Hairs can only be disabled effectively during the active growth phase, this growth phase is called ‘Anagen’. Up to 20% of follicles are in this phase at any one time. It is important as this is when the hair is connected to the dermal papilla and blood vessels that feed the hair and enable stem cells to grow into a new hair. A hair in this stage receives heat from the laser which transmits to the papilla to destroy it and prevent new growth.

When the hair is in Catagen or Telogen stage, it is either becoming detached or completely detached from the papilla therefore will not absorb the light energy and be ineffective.

 

As hair on the face tends to grow more quickly than hair on the body, laser hair removal appointments for the face usually start out spaced every 4 weeks and treatments for the body start out spaced every 6 weeks. As you progress through your course you should find that you have less hair growth and the hair that does grow appears more slowly so after your 4th treatment the laser therapist will discuss your results with you and possibly recommend spacing remaining facial appointments 4-6 weeks apart and body appointments 6-8 weeks apart.

This means that a course of treatments will take anything from 6 to 9 months or more.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Prices vary depending on the area. Please click here for price list.

Courses are discounted and packages offer excellent savings when combining more than one area in the same session. For example, lower leg and bikini combined saves you £116!

 

Courses are to be paid upfront. Split payments (50% on the first treatment and 50% halfway through your course) can be arranged please enquire for further details.

WHAT PREPARATION IS NEEDED BEFORE MY TREATMENT?

A consultation, medical consent form and patch test will be carried out 48-72hrs before your first treatment (14 days for skin type 4). This allows a safe setting to be established based on your skin type. Settings are regularly adjusted during your course. If skin tone were to change mid-way through a course the settings would not be safe to use, a new patch test would then need to be performed and the settings adjusted for safety reasons.
The following are very important:

  • Ensure the area to be treated is free from ALL topical solutions and no perfumes/aftershave to be worn in that area.

  • Shave the area thoroughly 12-24 hours prior, any sooner can result in heightened sensitivity during the treatment. Do not use deplitary creams, or remove the hair from the root (plucking, waxing, epilators).

  • Avoid exposure to the sun for a minimum of two weeks before treatment.

  • Cease use of tanning creams two weeks before treatment

  • Avoid bleaching, plucking, waxing, epilation and any other forms of hair removal for 4 weeks prior (if you remove the roots the treatment won’t work)

  • Do not use essential oils at least 48 hours prior

  • Cold sore medication can be taken five days before and five days after treatment

  • Should you be on antibiotics it is recommended to leave a two-week gap before starting laser.

  • Do not use irritants such as Retin-A, Renova, Retinol (Vit A), Vitamin C, glycolics/salicyclic acid, bleaching creams, chemical peels/exfoliants for a minimum of two weeks before your appointment, ideally not all all during your course

  • Wear loose fitting clothes to your appointment. Tight clothes will trap the heat after your treatment increasing the chance of a rash/infection.

WILL MY HAIR EVER GROW BACK?

Actively growing hair that’s been treated with SHR should not grow back once the hair follicle is damaged. However, hair follicles that were not in the active/Anagen growth phase, will need to be treated, this is the reason multiple sessions are needed to capture every hair in its growth phase and produce optimum results. It’s also not unusual for some patients to have a touch-up years later, due to hormonal changes that may have triggered some new growth.

HOW LONG WILL EACH TREATMENT TAKE?

That depends on the area of the body to be treated. The duration of the treatment can vary between a few minutes for the upper lip, or 20-30 minutes for the lower leg.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR SIDE EFFECTS?

  • It is extremely important that any medical conditions or medications (including herbal remedies) are declared on the medical consent form during the consultation. Certain medicines can cause photo-allergic and photo-toxic reactions which may contraindicate you from treatment. Each time you return for subsequent appointments you will be asked to sign in agreement there have been no changes to your medical history, medication or tanning since your previous treatment. It is your responsibility to inform Beautiful U of any health or medication changes throughout the course of your treatment. Failure to do so may result in complications.

  • Follow the aftercare advice that will be given to you post-treatment, in particular avoiding sun exposure for the entire course of treatments, regardless of the weather, and to wear a minimum of SPF 30 on the treated area. Exposure to sunlight can cause your skin to become more sensitive to light energy, putting you at higher risk of hyperpigmentation, burns or scarring. Avoid tanning creams for the same reason.

  • Some clients can have a histimine reaction, causing a rash on the skin (sometimes seen on the lower legs) and can be treated with cold compress and anti-histimines.

  • Tattoos must be covered carefully otherwise there is a risk that they become damaged.

  • Protective eyewear must remain on during the whole treatment.

Depending on skin type and sensitiveness of the skin, some light skin redness (erythema) or slight swelling (oedema) can be experienced. These are normal reactions which show that the treatment was effective, and they should generally disappear after a short while.

WHAT IS THE AFTERCARE?

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes. Tight-fitting clothes will trap heat into the skin.

  • Cold compresses (not ice) and applying Aloe Vera may be useful to reduce swelling and erythema (redness) or general discomfort. Erythema may last for several hours. Anti-histimine can ease symptoms.

  • You may take over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication.

  • If you are prone to folliculitis (infection of hair follicles cause by the staphylococcus aureus bacteria), always use a clean razor before your treattment.

  • Hydrocortisone (steroid) cream may decrease any itching or skin irritation. Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) may be used if skin is broken to prevent infection. 

  • Your skin may be fragile for 2 to 3 days. Use gentle cleansers, but do not rub the skin vigorously and avoid hot water during this time. Skin moisturisers may be used and make-up can be applied if the skin is not broken. Aloe Vera gel can help aid recovery 

  • Avoid sun exposure during the entire course of treatments. Use a minimum of SPF 30 or greater on the treatment area at all times. Exposure to sunlight can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the light energy used in the removal process. This can put you at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation, burns or scarring. 

  • Avoid tanning creams during the entire course of treatments. The laser light/energy will be attracted to the closest pigment it see’s first. Therefore the pigment on the surface of your skin will be its target, which may result in burning. 

  • Avoid soaking for 24 to 48 hours. No hot tubs, whirlpools or baths, but showers are allowed if tepid water is used. 

  • Avoid excessive sweating for 24 to 48 hours. No saunas or vigorous excercise.. 

  • Do not use irritants such as Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, bleaching creams and exfoliants for one week after and two weeks prior to your next appointment.

  • Keep well hydrated. 

  • Any questions or concerns always contact the laser practioner, and always seek advice from a medical professional should you need to.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR BIKINI AREA?

Standard bikini line/sides.

Brazilian 1" strip.

Hollywood is everything off.

Peri-anal is the area around the anus and can be incorporated into any of the above.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE?

Along with the standard Core of Knowledge (CoK) that all laser/IPL practitioners should have, Beautiful U has further qualifications: CPD accredited Level 4 OCN in Laser, IPL, E Light and SHR. Advanced Level 5 OCN Laser Tattoo removal, Carbon facial and Fungal Nail removal. NVQ 2 & 3 in Beauty Therapies, with 24 years experience. For further information please read the 'about me'.

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