Laser Hair Removal
In the past century, unwanted hair has been traditionally treated with multitudes of techniques that were found to be slow, tedious, painful, impractical, and resulted in poor long-term efficacy. Consequently, there has been a public demand for a novel, rapid, reliable, safe and affordable hair removal became one of the fastest growing procedures in modern cosmetic dermatology.
Laser hair removal is a treatment option which removes all hair in desired areas using a long pulse laser. The technology for this service has been in use since 1997 and has gone from strength to strength achieving remarkable results each time leaving the majority of patients expectations exceeded. Here at Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic the procedure will be carried out by our specifically trained laser therapist who will guide the laser device gently over your skin in order to disable follicles from producing hair.
Laser Hair Removal therapy is suitable for both men and women, who want to remove their unwanted hair. The therapy can be used on most parts of the body, however the most popular areas are the underarms, pubic area, lip, chin, buttocks, thighs, face, neck, legs, chest and arms. As this form of therapy targets dark skin pigment, it usually works best removing dark hair from pale skins, however it is still capable of achieving great results removing any hair colour on any skin type.
Lasers designed for permanent hair reduction emit wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the pigment in the hair (melanin). If the surrounding skin is lighter than the color of the hair, the energy of the laser is concentrated in the hair shaft, effectively destroying it without affecting the skin or the follicle.
The ability of the laser device to produce a very narrow bandwidth on a consistent basis is the key to a safe efficient treatment. While the laser emits a beam that only heats the hair shaft, heat is transmitted from the hair shaft to the surrounding tissue for several milliseconds after the laser pulse. Several lasers possess cooling attachments which cool the surrounding skin to fully absorb any heat transmitted from the destroyed hair shafts.
The process of the treatment is not painful when compared to waxing, however it may cause a mild discomfort at first. The feeling resembles been pinched for less than a second. Pain is only caused when the laser bounces its light off the skin, and will only last briefly. In one pulse the laser will remove all the hair off an area approximately half an inch squared. The vast majority of patients do not require any additional medication such as anesthetic creams, however we can prescribe them to more sensitive patients if needs be. EMlA is the most popular option amongst patients who need relief.
There are very few risks involved with Laser Hair Removal Therapy, but the most common side effects are an itching sensation. Redness for less than 3 days, A tingling sensation or feeling of numbness and/or potential swelling around the follicles for less than 3 days. There are also a few rare side effects which can occur from using an inappropriate laser use, which we can assure will not happen here at Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic. However, strictly for informational purposes, rarer side effects include a crusting or scab like formation on the areas treated, bruising, and /or temporary pigment change.
Although laser effective is very reliable, and effective it is also highly variable. This means that different patients should avail of repeat procedures more or less frequently. However on average, If the laser is done on upper lip, chin or any area on the face it should be spaced out 4-6 weeks apart. For the body areas, it should be repeated every 8-10 weeks. Facial hair grows faster than lower body hair and it should be done more often. In order for the laser to be effective and for optimum results, you should try to keep up with your appointments and follow the technician’s recommendations for the length of time between your treatments.
For more information about Laser Hair Removal Therapy, here at Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic, please feel free to call us, or drop into the clinic at anytime.