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FAQ’s Laser Hair Removal

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Which skin tones, hair types can be treated with laser?

Laser hair removal is suitable for men and women of all skin types for all areas of the face and body.

When laser hair removal was first developed 20 years ago it only worked on dark hair and light skin. Technology has evolved massively and more powerful lasers with adjustable wavelengths have been developed making it safe and effective to remove hair from any type of skin whether its light or dark hairs.

Is laser hair removal painful?

There is no discomfort involved during your laser hair removal sessions due to advanced technology in our lasers that continuously cools the skin that facilitates throughout the entire treatment.

Be assured you are in safe hands as the temperature remains controlled and constant so you can enjoy a completely pain free, cool and comfortable experience throughout the session.

When can I see results?

Results are visible around your third treatment. Hairs that are richer and have deeper roots will take longer for noticeable results.

Please note: In some cases the hairs may return due to Polycyctic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

How many sessions will I need?

For the best results we recommend a course of 6-8 treatments with a gap between each appointment of 4 weeks.

The duration of the course will depend of the hair growth cycle. Hair grows in 3 stages: growing, resting and transitional and a hair can only be targeted by the laser if it is at the growing stage, so not all hairs can be targeted in a single treatment. Your therapist will advise you at your consultation the best course for you to achieve optimum results.

Can I have hair removal with a suntan?

We are able to treat dark and tanned skin. So you can start your laser hair removal any time of the year.

Our highly trained therapist will select the wavelength to avoid the top layers of your skin which means we can safely continue with your treatment without having to wait for your suntan to fade.

Please note: during your consultation your therapist may decide that your skin is unsuitable for treating, for example if there is evidence of sunburn.

Top ups

Top up treatments are recommended after a year of completing a full set of laser sessions.

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

In order for the laser to be most effective it requires the hair follicle to be present in order to be targeted. We require you to shave the treatment area carefully, avoiding cutting yourself, the day before your appointment.

Since waxing removes hairs with follicles it is recommended to wait two weeks before attempting laser hair removal, should the area have been waxed within this time.

Medical conditions

There are some health conditions that can prevent you from having a laser treatment. Please book a consultation to discuss this.

Pregnancy

Although there is no evidence to suggest that laser hair removal is not safe to an unborn baby or the mother, we recommend that you wait until after childbirth before considering a laser procedure.

Pre & Post care advice

It is essential that all patients/clients are aware of the importance of following pre and post care advice. This can ensure that an adverse reaction is avoided. A written ‘take-home’ sheet is given during consultation followed by verbal advice at the time of the treatment. The patient who does not understand the importance of following this advice may not be considered suitable for treatment.

PRE-TREATMENT

  1. Do not expose skin to UV (sun exposure or the use of tanning beds) or self-tan for at least 4 weeks before and/or between IPL treatments. Use appropriate SPF protection but not 24 hours before treatment
  2. For permanent hair reduction, do not depilate with waxing, plucking or threading (shaving is acceptable) before and/or between laser/IPL treatments,
  3. Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before a Laser/IPL treatment session
  4. Avoid exfoliating, microdermabrasion or peels for 1 week before treatment sessions (always check with the manufacturer’s guidelines)
  5. Avoid wearing tight clothing in the treatment area if appropriate
  6. Keep the treatment area clean and dry.
  7. Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water and avoid any heat related treatments such as exercising, saunas etc., immediately prior to treatment.

Hot and humid weather conditions can aggravate skin in the period immediately before treatment – DO NOT EXPOSE THE SKIN TO UV.

 

POST CARE ADVICE

  1. Do not expose skin to UV (sun exposure or the use of tanning beds) or self-tan for at least FOUR weeks,
  2. For Permanent hair reduction, do not shave for at least 48 – 72 hrs after treatment (or if any irritation or reaction occurs)
  3. Do not depilate between IPL treatments (with waxing, plucking, threading or creams) – shaving is always advised to ensure balanced regrowth
  4. For Permanent hair reduction, do not use deodorants or perfumed products in the treatment area for 24 – 48 hours post treatments
  5. Avoid very hot baths / showers / steam baths / saunas for 1 week or longer if irritation or reaction occurs
  6. Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water or very exertive exercise for 1 week – depending on the skin’s reaction
  7. Avoid rough sports for at least 24 – 48 hours depending on the skin’s reaction,
  8. Avoid professional exfoliating, microdermabrasion or peels during treatment sessions (always check with the manufacturer’s guidelines)
  9. Do not pick or scratch the treated area, any prolonged redness or irritation should subside with continued post cooling at home
  10. Keep the treatment area clean and dry.
  11. Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water and avoid any heat related treatments such as exercising, saunas etc., immediately after the treatment.
  12. Use of sun block min SPF 30+ and consider using protective cotton clothing for exposed treated areas.
  13. Advise the clinic/salon within 24-48 hours if an adverse reaction occurs. If returning to the clinic/salon is not immediately possible, a photograph of the reaction should be submitted immediately.

Hot and humid weather conditions can aggravate skin in the period immediately following treatment. Immediately post-hair reduction treatments, effective skin cooling can be helpful. The use of ice or cooling gel packs, a chilled sterilised cloth, Aloe Vera gel etc., can improve skin comfort and reduce any swelling or post-treatment redness or oedema. Do not use ice directly on skin.

DO NOT EXPOSE THE TREATED AREA/SKIN TO UV SUNLIGHT / SUNBEDS

If you have any other questions please amil info@luxwax.co.uk

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