LASER HAIR REDUCTION
After a series of treatment sessions, you can enjoy permanent hair reduction and silky smooth skin.
Using a variety of hair reduction technologies on a grade 4 medical device.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO YOU USE?
Progressive Photo-thermolysis SHR (Super Hair Removal) is a revolutionary new technology which combines laser technology and pulse light for the removal of most types of hair, fine and coarse. Even hairs which 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 and blood supply that feeds it, as well as the melanin in the hair. SHR is an in-motion technique, gliding over the treatment area quickly, reducing treatment time considerably. 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 utilizes massive amounts of heat to destroy hair follicles which can be painful, whereas SHR uses multiple shots at lower joules, gently heating the hair follicles and is virtually 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.
For smaller areas such as the upper lip, in motion SHR can be tricky, therefore in this area I use another new technology, E-Light (a combination of IPL and Radio Frequency) which increases performance and reduces pain with its built-in Ice-cold system.
I also have an Alexandrite Laser for very small areas, such as toes or nipples.
AM I SUITABLE?
Before you have any patch tests or laser treatments, you will need to complete a medical consent questionnaire, this allows me to check if you are suitable for treatment, as some conditions or medications prohibit you from laser treatments and would be unsafe for you at that time.
The medical-grade clinical laser will safely treat up to and including skin type 4. Your skin type will be assessed during the consultation, this will determine the suitability for laser, using the fitzpatrick scale as shown at the bottom of this page.
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.
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 next 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 6-10 treatments. Clients can have 60% loss after just 4 sessions.
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.
People suffering from hormone imbalance may require more treatments. Hairs on the face can be a little more resistant.
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.
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:
· Please 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
· 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 48 hours prior
· Depilatory creams should be avoided 1 week before treatment commences
· 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.
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?
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.
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 contra-indicate you from treatment.
Follow the aftercare advice that will be given to you post treatment, in particular avoiding sun exposure for the entire course of treatments. To always wear a minimum of SPF 30.
Exposure to sunlight can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the light energy, putting you at higher risk of hyperpigmentation, burns or scarring. Avoid tanning creams for the same reason.
Tattoos must be covered carefully otherwise there is a risk that they become damaged