Laser Hair Removal
ARE YOU FED UP OF SHAVING EVERYDAY?
Is This Treatment For Me?
Unsure whether to have IPL or Laser treatment for your unwanted hair? Here at LaserWise Skin & Beauty Clinic in Cardiff we offer both systems enabling us to treat all skin types from fair white skin to Mediterranean or black skin without any problems. We offer a safe, long-term solution to unwanted, excess hair for both men and women. Treatment is suitable for the face and body, is quick and results can be seen after just a few sessions. Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair – when treating with IPL, or dark, strong hair – when treating with the Nd: YAG. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin.
Light is selectively absorbed by the melanin (the pigment in the hair follicle) and the light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells. Fair hair, however, contains less melanin and is harder to treat. We recommend a consultation with your clinician to ascertain if the treatment will be successful for you. Grey/white hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment. However, we can treat these hairs with Electrolysis instead.
What Method Is Right For Me?
When you come in for your free of charge consultation, your practitioner will examine your skin and the area to be treated, to determine what Laser/IPL will work best for you. There are 3 to choose from:
Alexandrite Laser – Also known as the “Gold Standard” for laser hair removal. This laser removes all hair types from fine to strong, from light to dark, on skin types 1-4 (Celtic Fair Skin to Middle Eastern Skin) effortlessly.
Nd: YAG Laser – We use this advanced laser when treating anyone with skin types 5 and 6 (Darker Asian to Afro-Caribbean Skin). As long as their is colour in the hair, this laser will remove it.
IPL 650 – We use the state of the art Intense Pulse Light machine that excels when treating, Fair White to Middle Eastern Skin types, with any hair types, fine to strong, with no issues.
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What Should I Expect?
The applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. Treatment sensation varies but is often described as “a flick of an elastic band”. Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable. The hair follicles become damaged by the heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs then shed after 1 – 3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period, the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy but this usually subsides within a few hours. Unwanted reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore, multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 4 – 8 weeks, depending on the area treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The required number of treatments varies, but typically 6 or more treatments are needed for optimum results. Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
How Much Will It Cost?
Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. You can pay as you go or you can purchase a course of 6 treatments and receive 25% discount off the total amount. To view our full price list click here.
A £50 deposit is taken to secure your appointment which is redeemable on treatment. Prior to treatment, a free of charge 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.