The pulsed light laser system is designed to target and destroy hair. The laser energy is absorbed into the hair which creates heat, damaging the hair follicle.
The damaged hair will shed in about 2 weeks. Hair growths in cycles and 30% or less may be actively growing at any one time, which is why we recommend a series or treatments.
Patients may need one to two maintenance sessions per year after initial treatment. The laser hair removal treatments may cause some redness and minor swelling that may persist for one to two days.
The Procedure may involve shaving the hair in the area to be treated. A topical anaesthetic may be applied to reduce discomfort associated with the treatment. Photographs of the treatment area are recommended for our chart and future comparison.
Possible benefits of this treatment are delayed regrowth of the hair, lightening of the hair, decreased density of the hair and long-term or permanent reduction in the number of hairs growing in the treatment areas. Multiple treatments are required to achieve hair reduction. Short term redness and some (oedema) swelling may be expected.
Possible risks or discomforts (side effects) may include pain, burning, blisters formation, and stinging sensation, infection, pigmentary changes including decrease or increase in skin colour at the site of treatment, scar formation, laser/intense pulsed light indeed ‘cold-sore-like’ blistering, skin eruptions known as ‘herpetic’ skin eruptions at the site of treatment and poor cosmetic outcome. Recurrence of the hair growth at treatment sites is also a possibility. As with all cosmetic procedures, the outcome cannot be guaranteed.
Eye injury due to use of the laser or pulsed light system is a risk to the patient and to the clinician, however safety goggles are provided and must be worn at all times during the treatment.
You will be requested for your permission to have a photograph taken of the appropriate area so as to monitor the progress of the treatments. A consent form will be provided for you to sign and any questions will be answered. Any signs of scarring or underlying skin disorders such as eczema are identified. If there are any broken areas or pustules, the laser hair removal treatment will be delayed until the area is completely healed.
A patch test will be carried out in the first consultation and treatment may proceed the next week if there is no adverse reaction.
A course of treatments is always necessary due to the nature of skin due to its protective role.
A soothing after treatment balm is applied to the treated area to help protect the skin following treatment with. A high SPF sun factor is vital to protect the treated area from sun exposure and must be continued for one-month post treatment. Tanning after treatment sessions may enhance melanin regeneration, which may result in hyper-pigmentation.
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