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IPL / ND:YAG Laser Hair Removal FAQ

Laser Hair Removal TreatmentWhat is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses laser light - an intense, pulsating beam of light - to remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal works by passing a light beam through the skin. The laser targets dark pigment, called melanin, in hair. When the light beam hits the hair follicle (where hair growth originates), the intense heat destroys the hair follicle instantly.

In most cases, laser hair removal slows hair regrowth, but it takes several treatments to provide an extended "hair-free" period.

How do Intense Pulsed Light and Lasers work?
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light systems release precisely controlled short bursts of light that are absorbed by melanin, the pigment in hair. This heats the hair and destroys the root to achieve long term hair reduction.

How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. For Intense Pulsed Light treatments a layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The area will also be cooled to increase comfort during treatment.

The light guide is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, targeting many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area cooled.

Which parts of the body can be treated?
Intense Pulsed Light is the perfect solution for permanently reducing hair from between eyebrows, neck, back, shoulders, arms, bikini line, buttocks, legs and feet.

What aftercare precautions should be taken?
Sun avoidance is essential. Daily use of a high factor, broad spectrum sun block is strongly advised. One of the best sunblocks available is the Heliocare SPF 50 Gel. Sunbeds should never be used for the duration of the treatment course and fake tanning methods should also be avoided.

Am I suitable for the treatment?
Excellent results can be achieved for fair skin patients with dark, coarse hair. The darker the hair, the better the results. Our Advanced Hand Piece can also be useful for those with finer hair with less pigment. Grey/white hair has no melanin so cannot be effectively treated using this method of hair removal. You will need to have a patch test which costs £25 before your main treatment.

How does the treatment Feel?
No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very short hot pin prick making it the preferred choice for hair removal.

What will I see after the treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The hairs fallout after 1 - 3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to 'graw' as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.

Is Laser Hair Removal safe?
The skin can become quite red immediately after treatment, however most patients experience no side effects and any skin reaction usually disappears within a few hours. Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. These side effects are usually temporary and will be discussed fully at consultation.

How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 4 - 8 weeks, depending on the site treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The number of treatments required varies, but typically 6 or more treatments are required for maximum results.

How long does each treatment take?
Treatments can take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated.

How can I book a free consultation?
Call us today on 01132 823 300 for a free consultation or book online by completing a consultation form.

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