We offer 2 different types of laser hair removal modalities:
- IPL Lx Prowave
What is the difference between the two?
- The ND-Yag is safe on all skin types- even the darkest skin type VI without any fear of burning or pigmenting the skin. You do not become photosensitive and it is safe to do whilst tanning
- The IPL Lx Prowave system is the latest hair removal system by Cutera. It is almost painless, targets finer, lighter, hair but is only suitable for the lighter skin type and on skin which has not been exposed to tanning for 3 weeks prior to a session and cannot be exposed to sunlight for 2 weeks post session
Is it painful?
We anaesthetise the skin prior to treating each section by cooling the area, so discomfort is minimal.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Most people experience slight sensitivity combined with redness (from the cooling). Little raised bumps around each hair follicle (from the laser) can occur for 10 to 30 mins post treatment. Sensitivity can last for longer, depending on the energy levels used. There is a very small chance that you could have an allergic reaction from the heat. This reaction is treated with antihistamines and a topical cortisone cream.
Laser hair removal works by destroying the hair follicle with heat energy. This heat energy will only destroy the hair which is in a phase called the anagen phase. This damage needs to be repeated several times before it destroys the follicle completely, resulting in a hair free area.
How many treatments will I need?
The average number of treatments is between 6 and 10 sessions, 6 weeks apart on the body, 8- 12 weeks apart for back and chest and 2- 3 weeks apart for facial hair. As with anything hormonal – hormonally stimulated hair (eg. people with high levels of testosterone) will need to maintain their laser hair removal sessions. A treatment every 3- 4 months will be needed after the initial 6 treatments. We have cases where we struggle for good results when a person has a hormonal imbalance, is on any type of steroid, on strong hormonal medication or has very fine blonde hair.
If you have blonde or fine facial hair, we offer an Alkaline wash, which gently dissolves the hair right down to the root leaving you with a smooth skin for 3 plus weeks.