Laser and Intense Pulsed Light systems offer a safe, long-term solution to unwanted, excess hair for both men and women. Treatment is suitable for the face and body, is quick and results can be seen after just a few sessions.
Light is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells.
Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Fair hair contains less melanin and is harder to treat. Grey hair or white hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment.
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as "a flick of an elastic band".
Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs 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.
The skin may appear ted straight after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy, but this is usually subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but can include small blisters or a temporary lightening or darkening of the of the skin.
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatment are necessary. Treatments are conducted every 4-8 weeks, until a satisfactory result is seen.
The number of treatments varies, but typically 6 or more are required for optimum results.
Treatments can take from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.