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The light is selectively absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle (also known as melanin). The light energy will then heat it up and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the cells around it.
The applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, this will simultaneously target many follicles at the same time. The applicator is then moved to the next area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area has been treated.
Most people are suitable for treatment. The best results are often achieved with clients that have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a higher concentration of melanin compared to fair hair.
We recommend you come in for a consultation to be assessed before treatment to see whether treatment will be successful. Grey/White hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment.
The treatment sensation will vary from person to person but is often described as ‘a flick of an elastic band’. No anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.
Treatments can be anywhere between 10mins to 1hour depending on the size of the area being treated.
The skin will be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicle may be swollen and bumpy but usually subsides within a few hours.
Unwanted reactions are rare but many include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted very 4-8 weeks, depending on the area treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The required number of treatments can vary, but typically 6 or more treatments are needed for optimum results.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.