What is Laser Hair Removal?
A laser is used to permanently reduce hair growth on your face and body. We use two types of machine at Zenith for laser hair removal, and we will pick the right one depending on the colour of your skin and the hair that grows.
What is the procedure used for?
Permanent reduction of hair growth on your face or body.
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.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Both of our machines - SopranoXLi and the Lyra - work on all pigmented hair and skin types – including tanned skin. It is also ideal for the treatment of pseudo-folliculitis barbae, also known as ‘shaving bumps’ or in-growing hairs, a common condition in Afro-Caribbean skin types. Soprano is an award-winning (GOLD winner at the Aesthetic Awards 2012-13), virtually pain-free laser, whereas the Lyra is incredibly effective but can be uncomfortable.
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 rhymical motion around the treatment area and may feel cold and first, but will soon warm up.
What are the side effects or risks?
The skin of some patients becomes quite red immediately after treatment. In extreme circumstances, small blisters can occur, although if you follow the aftercare advice this is very unlikely to happen.
Most patients experience no side effects at all and any skin reactions usually disappear within hours.
What results can I typically expect?
Generally you'll notice a permanent reduction in hair growth after each treatment. However, as the hair grows in cycles, our extensive experience tells us that you can expect a minimum of 6-8 regular treatments plus future top-ups for each treatment area, for long-lasting, hair-free skin.
Before your procedure
Ensure the area is shaven within 24 hours, avoid sunlight, avoid glycolic acid and vitamin A for 3 days and do not wax, tweeze or bleach the hairs.
- 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
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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