Laser Hair Removal
Q: How does it work?
A: The light output from the applicator is preferentially absorbed by the melanin in the hair. This then heats up the hair follicle and disables the hair germination cells so it can’t grow back
Q: What areas can be treated?
A: This procedure works well on the face, neck, chest, arms, back, underarms, legs and bikini line.
Q: What hairs cannot be treated?
A: Hairs that are not in the active growth stage cannot be treated, Blonde and grey hairs are more difficult to remove and will take longer to treat.
Q: How many treatments does it require?
A: There is no limit to the amount of treatments you can undergo. After treatment it will appear that the hairs continue to grow. What is actually happening is that the hair is still gripped to the skin and is slowly being expelled from the follicle.
Q: How often do you need treating?
A: After the initial treatment it is advisable to have a second treatment two to four weeks later. The hair can only be removed when it is in its active growing stage, therefore a series of treatments is required to catch the hairs in this cycle.
Q: How long do the effects last for?
A: It is important to understand that there are numerous hair follicles in every square centimetre of skin on the body, for example the chin has approx. 455 follicles per cm2 the thigh 55 follicles per cm2. As you can see, where we might have disabled a hair follicle there are adjacent ones that might not have been treated in the correct phase of hair growth and may grow through at any time. Additionally, due to alterations within the body new hair growth may also be stimulated.
Q: Who can be treated?
A: virtually anybody can be treated with this system. However, any underlying medical conditions may exclude you from treatment or the results may be negligible. It’s very important that you state clearly any medical conditions that you have or any medical treatments that you are undertaking.
Q: What to expect following treatment?
A: The immediate after effect is that the area should become slightly red, particularly around the hair. Typically, this redness will disappear in a matter of a few hours at most (and often in just a few minutes) with the sin then returning to its normal colour. The client should be advised that the hair will still be in place in the follicle since the treatment, unlike laser, is not a vaporizing process.
During the next ten days or so the hair will appear to continue growing, albeit more slowly than before. What actually is happening is that the hair is no longer supported by the follicle but is being pushed out by the growth of the epidermis which is still in close contact with the hair shaft. If left alone, the treated hairs will fall out naturally after a period of between one and three weeks, dependent on the depth of the hair root.
If the client does not want to allow the hairs to fall out naturally, then they can be removed manually (e.g. by waxing or tweezing) after about 4 to 7 days. Prior to this time the hair is acting as an effective barrier to infection of the inflamed follicle, and so they should not be removed.