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Laser Hair Removal Q&A

Is it safe?

Yes, laser hair removal is a non-invasive light energy laser, which uses a wavelength that targets only the melanin (pigment) in the hair follicle without any harm or effect to the surrounding tissue.

How is it done?

The light is channelled through a lens in the hand piece, which is held gently against the skin, there is a flash as the laser shots are delivered. Protective eyewear is provided for your safety and comfort during the procedure.

How will the treatment feel?

A specially devised cooling machine will be used beforehand to minimise any discomfort. You may feel a series of slight pinpricks when the shots are fired. The sensation is not uncomfortable.

How long will it take?

This will depend on the area being treated and can be discussed at your initial consultation.

How often will I need to come?

A course of treatment will be required, as the hair can only be eliminated whilst in the Anagen (growing) stage. An average of 4-10 treatments are required. Appointments will be made at 4-10 weekly intervals; again this will be discussed in more detail during your free consultation.

Who will be carrying out the treatment?

All consultations and treatments are carried out by experienced, specially trained laser operators, who are medically certified.

What will happen at the consultation?

You will be asked to complete a brief medical questionnaire prior to assessment of your individual treatment needs. Based on your hair colouring and skin type a test patch will be performed following your consultation, provided that you are suitable for, and wish to, receive the treatment you will be asked to sign a consent form for this.

Why do I need a Test Patch?

This is to check your skin suitability and to ensure there are no adverse reactions to the treatment. A period of 2 - 5 days must be left between this and commencement of treatment.

Can anybody have this treatment?

It works best on dark hair and light skin but other combinations can benefit apart from grey, blonde or red hair, which lacks sufficient pigment. Also certain medical conditions and/ or medications are not conducive to effective treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Very few have been experienced. There may be some initial reddening or slight swelling of the area and this can be minimised by the application of cold compresses and aloe vera gel, which will always be applied immediately after your treatment.

How should I prepare for treatment?

To enable maximum penetration of light to the hair follicles the skin should be free from oils, lotions, deodorants and make-up. In order to accurately assess the treatment parameters the hair must be visible at the initial consultation.

I've just come back from abroad, can I have laser treatment?

Newly tanned skins cannot be treated. We recommend at least four weeks before a laser treatment can be carried out. The same applies to sunbed tans and fake tans as they greatly increase the risk of pigment changes in the skin.

What method of hair removal is recommended during a course of laser hair removal?

You may shave or use hair removal cream between treatments. It is very important that you do not pluck, wax, sugar or receive electrolysis in order for the laser treatment to be effective. It should be noted that after treatment 2 or 3 some clients experience what appears to be a regrowth of hair. This is in fact a surge of hair growing all at the same time, known as synchronous growth and is normal. In fact it means that more of the hair is likely to be in the growing, or Anagen phase at any time. It is simply your hair reacting to a perceived 'attack'!

How much will it cost?

This will depend on the areas to be treated. A price list is available and if your particular requirements are not listed we will be pleased to provide an individual quotation.

How can I pay?

By personal cheque, cash and most major credit cards

What if I cannot make my appointment?

We would appreciate 24 hours notice of cancellation so that we can offer the appointment time to another client, and if cancelled within 24 hours a charge may be levied at the clinics discretion.


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