What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment that uses an intense beam of light to remove unwanted hair. The process involves using a laser beam to pass through the skin and into the actual hair follicle, damaging it and inhibiting future hair growth. It is often noted that this treatment works best on either light skin or dark hair, however, here at Zenith we have two innovative machines which mean that we can offer laser hair removal for almost all skin and hair types.
How does laser hair removal work?
The pigment in your hair root absorbs the laser's energy while in its active phase of growth, which damages the hair follicle without harming the surrounding tissue. Hair re-growth is then slowed or stopped in the damaged follicle. Not all follicles are active at the same time so you will need repeat treatments every few weeks to obtain the desired result. This treatment can be used to treat hair growth on almost all areas of the body for both men and women:
- Facial - Cheeks, Eyebrows, Neck.
- Torso - Chest, Back, Arms, Armpits, Bikini Line
- Legs & Feet - Calves, Thighs, Toes
- Full Body
Laser hair removal can also be used to treat razor bumps/ingrown hairs (pseudofolliculitis barbae), delivering outstanding results in just a few treatments. Wherever the treatment area may be, our expert team of clinicians are able to deliver outstanding results that will help you achieve your desired look.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Here at Zenith we offer laser hair removal for all pigmented hair and skin types, including tanned skin. We are able to offer this unique service due to our innovative in-house machinery:
- SopranoXLI - This award winning diode laser system is pain free, extremely fast and produces outstanding results.
- Lyra - This innovative treatment uses wavelength technology, allowing it to be used on all skin types including very dark/tanned skin.
Our laser hair removal machines are able to treat all three main classifications of hair types;
Both of our machines are able to treat pseudofolliculitis barbae, also known as shaving bumps/in-growing hairs, a common condition in afro hair types. It is worth noting that Lyra can be uncomfortable on very dark skin types and unfortunately neither machine works on grey/white hair - the hair needs to have pigment in order to absorb the light from the laser to destroy the follicle.
What happens during the procedure?
You will be given goggles to protect your eyes. Your therapist will apply some gel to your skin to allow the handpiece to glide over it, and then your treatment will begin. The handpiece is moved in rhythmic motion around the treatment area and may feel cold and first, but will soon warm up.
Is laser hair removal safe?
As of now, there is no research to show that the light energy used in laser hair removal can cause any long term side effects.
Soprano is a dedicated Diode laser hair removal system using one concentrated wavelength of light, which is specific for damaging the hair follicle, but not damaging the surrounding skin tissue. This is very important because we only want to target your hair and not the skin. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) systems use scattered light that can be much more complex and can result in skin burning – it is much safer to use a system that is specific for hair removal. This is why we have invested in the Soprano machine.
The Soprano Laser Hair Removal has a specific laser beam that travels down the hair shaft; reaching the root of the hair and destroying the hair follicle so it can no longer continue to grow. Due to the fact that our hairs grow in cycles, a number of regular sessions (a minimum of around six to eight) are required for the most effective results. Because of the revolutionary gradual heating from the Soprano, it is a lot gentler than other hair removal systems resulting in it being virtually pain free (you will still feel a warm sensation though).
The beauty of Soprano laser hair removal is that it is safe, extremely effective, suitable for all skin types and relatively pain free. It is also suitable for hair growth on the face as well as on body areas.
Does laser hair removal work?
This innovative treatment produces incredible long term results, with the use of both Soprano XLi and Lyra we are able to deliver above and beyond the expectations of our patients. Here are just a few of our before and after photos:
Is laser hair removal actually permanent?
The procedure used at Zenith for laser hair removal is based on a number of follow up treatments, this will not only help remove any hairs that have grown back but will over time help to make the hair finer and fewer in numbers.
If you received just one treatment for laser hair removal you will still see hair growth after a certain amount of time, the key with this innovative procedure is to have a number of follow ups to ensure that we can fight the hair growth in the long run.
How to prepare for your treatment
Ensure the area is shaven 24 hours prior to arrival, avoid glycolic acid and vitamin A for 3 days. Do not wax, tweeze or bleach the hairs - the laser will target the root of the hair and any waxing/plucking will temporarily remove the root.
We also recommend avoiding sun exposure for six weeks before and after your treatment, sun exposure will not only make the laser treatment less effective - it will also increase your chances of experiencing any complications after your treatment.
How does the aftercare work?
There are a number of actions to take after your laser hair removal treatment:
- Do not expose the areas to sunlight for one week and wear sunscreen of SPF30 for 6 weeks afterwards
- Avoid hot baths, showers, saunas and excessive exercise for 3 days
- Avoid glycolic acid products and vitamin A products for 5 days
- Apply a cold compress if necessary
- Apply moisturiser if necessary to the treatment area
Aftercare is vital and ignoring the above can result in complications. We offer excellent patient aftercare and are here to support you at every stage of your treatment journey.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
We offer single area treatments for as little as £50, each area differs in price and we typically recommend a course of treatments. To get long terms results you will need more than just one treatment, we highly recommend visiting our clinic for a consultation where we can discuss your options and understand how we can help you achieve you desired results.
How many treatments will you need?
The average patient in clinical studies sees a 48% reduction in hair growth after three treatments and up to an 80% lasting reduction after six to eight treatments. If you are looking for long term results we would recommend a course of eight treatments, this will allow time for the laser to really have an impact on your hair follicles and achieve a natural smooth look for the forseeable future.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long do Laser Hair Removal treatments take?
Sessions for an upper lip or small bikini area can take as little as 15 minutes, while larger areas on your back and legs may require up to 60 minutes or more. You’ll be advised on the treatment time most appropriate for you at your free consultation.
How long do the effects last?
The average patient in clinical studies sees a 48% reduction in hair growth after three treatments and up to an 80% lasting reduction after six to eight treatments.
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