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Laser hair removal provides a safe, long-term solution to unwanted, excess hair for both men and women. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser treatments are suitable for the face and body, it is quick and results can be seen after just a few sessions.
How does IPL hair removal work?
Light is absorbed by the melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the cells in the hair follicle which are responsible for hair growth without damaging the surrounding cells.
How is the treatment carried out?
The laser or IPL applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area has been treated. For IPL treatment, a thin layer of chilled gel is applied to help cool the skin and direct the light, but this is not required for a laser procedure.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. The best results are seen with clients who have lighter skin and darker hair. Dark hair is easier to treat as it has a high concentration of melanin whereas fair hair, contains less melanin and may not absorb sufficient light to damage the follicle. We recommend a consultation with your clinician to ascertain if the treatment will be suitable for you. Grey or white hair has no melanin so it is not suitable for treatment and tanned skin can not be treated.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as a ‘flick of an elastic band’. No anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.
What will I see after the treatment?
Although the hair follicles are initially damaged by heat, the hairs will remain in the follicles. The dead hairs then shed after 1-3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to grow as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after treatment the skin may be red, and the hair follicles may be swollen or bumpy but this usually subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are required. Treatments are carried out every 4-8 weeks, depending on the area, until a satisfactory result is seen. The required number of treatments will vary , but typically 6 or more treatments are needed for optimum results.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes or up to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.
Prices from £22.50
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