Permanent Hair Reduction
I use a hair reduction laser that is able to generate precise laser energy, using a specific safe wavelength with a particular pulse duration. This specialized laser is designed to penetrate into the skin and be selectively greater absorbed by the melanin in your hair follicles. The heat produced targets only the damaged growth area (“root”) of your hair, and not your skin. This laser’s hair reduction is therefore safe for all skin types.
All body parts containing hair can be treated. We usually treat the face, upper lip, underarms, arms, back, bikini line and legs. The treatment is very fast and most regions can be completed within 15 minutes, larger areas like the back and legs can take more time. Results from this treatment are seen 2 weeks after the procedure.
Laser hair reduction is typically not painful. However, for greater comfort when treating large and sensitive areas, we apply a numbing anaesthetic cream before treatment. No specific after care is required for this treatment, and side effects are very rare and almost never permanent. On the odd occasion, some patients experience slight redness and swelling after the treatment, but these subside within a few hours to a day later.
Hair reduction lasers can only treat hair that is in the active growth phase. Because hair goes through three different growth phases, you will need to go through a series of five to eight treatments, generally at four to eight week intervals for long term permanent results. The number of treatment sessions and intervals depends on the area treated. Following this clinical protocol, we can attain permanent reduction in hair growth in up to 80% of patients treated. Our experience is that arm and leg hair are more receptive to be permanently reduced when compared to facial hair. On some occasions, a few hairs may regrow after some time, so a repeat treatment may be needed.
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