Painless Laser Hair Removal for $199.00 per visit
What is it used for? For hair removal and long term hair reduction on all skin types. Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the large concentration of dark melanin in these, which gives maximum absorption and conversion of light energy to heat. Very fair hair has less melanin and consequently less heat is produced making it slightly less certain of permanent destruction of the hair follicles. Grey (white) hair has almost no melanin and cannot be efficiently treated. The upper skin layer of the epidermis, also contains melanin and the concentration increases when the skin is exposed to UV light. We are therefore unable to treat dark skinned and very tanned individuals. Who cannot have the treatments? Previous history of cancer, in particular skin cancer Pregnancy (including IVF) If you are on a photosensitive medication or herbal remedy/or taking blood thinners Prolonged exposure to the sun or artificial tanning 4 weeks before or after treatment Active Herpes Simplex (cold sores) in treatment area History of Keloid scarring (overproduction of scar tissue) Insulin Dependent Diabetes Very fragile or dry skin Epilepsy Why is gel used? To aid the gliding of the laser head across the skin. How is the treatment carried out? The applicator is placed in contact with the skin and either the laser light is passed as the head is moved across the skin for super hair removal or in static shots for normal hair removal. Does it hurt? Super hair removal is painless. Normal hair removal can produce some mild discomfort. In both cases the treatment is assisted by cooling heads. What are the side affects? The skin of some patients becomes quite red immediately after treatment and very rarely small blisters as from excessive sun exposure can occur. However, most patients experience no side effects at all and the described skin reactions usually disappear within hours to a few days. Does the patient need to shave prior to treatment? Hairs should be 1 to 2mm long when the patient comes in for treatment so it is possible to mark out the treatment area. Long hairs take up the energy and prevent all of it reaching the hair follicle. Therefore hair is trimmed just before treatment for maximum transmission of the energy. If the hair is normally shaved and can be seen when shaven then patients can shave right up to the day of treatment although plucking and bleaching should not be done. By avoiding epilation and waxing 4 weeks before treatment it ensures as many follicles as possible contain a hair and thus can be destroyed by the light. Why do hairs ’grow after treatment? Hairs are not vaporised by the Soprano treatment. The hair follicles are killed by the heat but the hairs remain in the skin and often becomes attached to the epidermis. They will fall out after 1 to 4 weeks as the epidermis is renewed. During this period it will seem that the hairs are growing as the epidermis pushes them out. How long does the treatment take? The facial treatment can take as little as 10 minutes whereas both legs and/or an entire back take approximately 1½ to 2 hours. How many treatments are necessary? Only hair in the growth phase can be treated. The number of hairs in this phase varies from 10% to 70% depending on the body site. The lengths of the growth cycles also vary. For most patients (unless there is a hormone imbalance) up to eight treatments is sufficient to remove virtually all hairs on the body. Facial hair may require more treatments. After the first treatment most patients get a significant reduction in hair density also new grown hairs tend to become finer. It is important to know that the first treatment is believed to synchronize the anagen (growth) phase of the non-anagen hairs. This may cause what seems to be re-growth but which is actually just the sleeping hairs starting to grow at the same time (new growth). This in turn makes the next treatment(s) more effective. How do I prepare for treatment? Patients should avoid tanning 1 month ahead of and during the entire treatment scenario to avoid excessive discomfort and complications from excessive light absorption in the epidermis. Immediately after the treatment the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for 4-5 days. Please do not apply deodorant, perfumed products or aromatherapy products on treatment day.