Laser hair removal is the most effective way of getting rid of unwanted hair. It is also extremely safe. Generally speaking, brown and black hair responds the best, while white, blond and grey hair does not respond much. Men and women can be treated and all parts of the body are amenable to treatment. It is important that you do not tan while you are receiving hair removal treatment. We use the latest and most sophisticated laser technology. This allows us to treat people with different skin types from fair Celtic types to dark Asian and Black skin types.
IS THE TREATMENT PERMANENT?
Most people will have long lasting benefits with laser hair removal, if they complete the recommended course of treatments (approximately 6 for the face and 8 to 12 for the rest of the body). As hair follicles can regenerate, some people require touch up treatments once or twice a year.
SAFETY OF LASER TREATMENT
Laser treatment has a proven safety record when carried out in a safe environment by trained personnel. The main side effects are darkening or lightening of the skin. This is uncommon, even in Black and Asian skins, but may take six months to settle. Lasers do not cause cancer.
HOW DOES LASER WORK?
Laser works on the principal of tissue destruction (hair follicles) by heat. The laser light heats up dark coloured hair follicles and destroys them. At any one time, a proportion of hair follicles are in the resting state and cannot be heated by the laser. Hairs come out of the resting phase after a period of time. This means repeated sessions are required to complete a course of treatment.
You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, which is relieved by cold air. The treated area will sometimes turn red and may have goose pimples for an hour or so. The skin will often feel sensitive for a day to two and occasionally some peeling or scabbing may occur. You may also notice some changes in skin colour. These side effects settle down with time. Some extremely rare side effects include scarring, patchy loss of skin colour, loosening of dental veneers and clotting of blood in small veins.
PREPARATION BEFORE COMMENCING TREATMENT
It is very important that you stop plucking or waxing your hair four to five weeks before starting the treatment and also during treatment. We advise you to shave, trim with scissors or use depilatory creams to manage your hair while you are receiving treatment. It is important that you follow this advice to achieve good results.
It is important to keep the skin moist following treatment. We recommend that you regularly use an Aloe Vera moisturiser to soothe your skin. You should also wear a high factor sun block (25 or stronger) at all times. This applies to all skin types. Please note that if you have darkened skin as a result of sun exposure, you are more likely to get side effects from laser treatment and we may have to postpone your treatments.
PRACTICE MANAGER: Chelsea Fulton 07534 771264 MEDICAL SECRETARY: Karen Harris 07453 881588
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