If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal is an option worth considering. Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in use today, producing long-lasting results.
During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
Hair colour and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. The basic principle is that the pigment of the hair, but not the pigment of the skin, should absorb the light. The laser should damage only the hair follicle while avoiding damage to the skin.
Therefore, a contrast between hair and skin colour - dark hair and light skin - results in the best outcomes.
How it works:
The Diode Laser System was specially designed for the safe, efficient removal of hair. It has the wavelength, fluence, pulse width, and an active epidermal cooling system. The chill tip is ideally suited for laser hair removal and suitable for all skin types.
The laser light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) found in the hair shaft. This raises the temperature to a level sufficient to destroy the targeted hair structures, thus preventing hair re-growth. The system's cooling is provided by chill tip technology, cooling the surrounding epidermis and thereby minimising collateral epidermal damage caused by light absorption by pigment in the epidermis. (In other words the hair follicle is destroyed without damaging the skin.) A lifelong reduction in the number of re-growing hairs is usually achieved following each treatment.
The Diode laser hair removal system is a proven technology and is approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration). With has over 30 years of technical experience in medical and cosmetic laser technology field, no other hair removal system offers the same combination of product excellence and customer service and support.
NB: Laser is light and not radiation. Research has shown no links to laser as a cause of cancer.
Virtually any area with dark hair excluding areas very close to the eyes can be treated. The following areas are treated frequently for both men and woman:
- facial hair (nostrils, ears, etc.)
- bikini and underarms (also full bikini)
- chest and back
- legs and arms
- fingers and toes
- any other areas of unwanted body hair
This technology can be used on light and dark skins where there is a contrast between the hair and skin. A brief consultation with one of our highly-trained specialists should provide all the information needed. Depending on the area, 4 to 8 sessions are required. Sessions are usually spaced 6 to 12 weeks apart. The number of sessions are usually discussed and explained to you on your first consultation.
The hair does not have to be long - 0,5mm to 1mm long will suffice. Do not wax or pluck ± 2 weeks before your treatment. However you can shave, cut or use hair removal creams prior to your appointment.
Before each session begins, system settings are computer-customized according to skin colour and type and the area of the body being treated. Treatment begins by trimming away any hair above the surface of the skin and then conducting test spots to determine the client's skin response to different device settings.
Each laser pulse treats about a one-centimetre area, which can contain ten or more hairs. The amount of time needed depends on the size of the area to be treated. The lip usually takes less than 2 minutes while other areas may take significantly longer. For example: the full back on an adult man would take approximately 1 - 1½ hours, and a lady's legs approximately 1½ -3 hours.
Some body areas are more sensitive than others. Clients may experience a slightly uncomfortable tingling sensation, although some people do not experience any discomfort at all. Overall, the sensation is similar to waxing.
The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from person to person depending on the extent of the procedure and skin type. Within about 30 minutes of treatment, the area may become pink or red, and may feel like mild sunburn for a day or so. Side effects, if any, are usually minor. There may be some redness and swelling around the treated hair follicles; this is a desired clinical result indicating that the follicle has responded to treatment. This reaction typically disappears within hours. Most people return to normal activity right away. On rare occasions, some blistering may occur, but this typically resolves quickly. The skin can become darker or lighter following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimise the risk of complications.
Before and After:
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person