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Laser Treatments

Is Laser hair removal safe?


Laser hair removal is the most effective method of hair removal available and can be used almost anywhere on the face and body.It is safe to have laser hair removal even on sensitive parts of the body like the face or bikini/pubic area. We take a full medical history and provide a skin patch test before starting any treatments. It's also a good idea to check the clinic or salon has a fully qualified Laser practitioner who has experience of dealing with all skin and hair types

Why do you use a Diode Laser and what is it?


The key to successful laser hair removal is to deliver high energy into the skin to be selectively absorbed by the melanin surrounding the follicle whilst protecting the surrounding tissue. Diode lasers use a single wavelength of light that has a high absorption rate in melanin. At the same time it incorporates skin cooling to protect the surface of the skin. As the melanin heats up it destroys the root and blood flow to the follicle and disables the hair permanently. Diode lasers with an ability to deliver high frequency low fluence pulses such as our Smart Diode Laser, can be safely used on all skin types

What is the difference between Laser and IPL?


We have a Diode Laser machine at The Chilgrove Clinic. Laser technology is simply much more effective, and achieves substantially better results than IPL with most clients achieving optimal results of permanent hair removal of 80% or greater after four to eight treatments.

How many Laser treatments will I need for facial hair?


In general, we recommend 8 treatments to tackle facial hair, although some people may need more, depending on their age and any hormonal imbalances that can occur during the menopause for example. Most of our clients start to see a good reduction in the treated hairs from the 3rd or 4th treatment.

What happens if I miss a Laser hair removal session?


It's not necessarily the end of the world. Depending on how many sessions you have had so far, for instance, if you're around half way through your course, it shouldn't impact on your final results too much. If you leave it for more than 6 weeks, there is a chance that you'll start to see some re-growth, and you will probably need to add extra treatments to your original course to get a full clearance. Of course, it's always best to keep to your recommended treatment schedule, but we understand that life gets in the way at times, so we will always try our best to accommodate appointment changes.


What happens to my Laser hair removal treatments if I have a tan?


Until recently, tanned skin would have been a problem when it came to Laser hair removal - in fact we couldn't perform Laser treatments at all on tanned skin, including self tan or fake tanned skins. The risk of burns or scars was too great. However, with our Smart Diode Laser, this isn't a problem. Why? Because the gradual heating technology together with a high frequency pulse delivery means there is a lower take-up of the Laser light in darker pigments in the skin. The Smart Diode is safe on all skin tones and types, whatever the season.


Why do I need more than one Laser hair removal treatment?


Hair grows in cycles, and there are 3 growth cycles that we need to look at when talking about Laser hair removal. One of these three growth cycles is known as anagen or active growth phase. This is when the follicle is forming a new hair, and will absorb the greatest amount of Laser light because the presence of melanin (colour) and keratin (protein making up the hair) are both at their peak. The other 2 phases of growth, catagen and telogen, will not be affected by the Laser treatment until they reach the anagen stage again. This is why more than one treatment is required for a good clearance of hair


How does Laser hair removal work?


Laser hair removal uses a process known as selective photothermolysis. Sounds a bit technical, but in simple terms, the Laser light targets the pigment (colour) in the hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin and other tissues. This light is very quickly converted into heat - this is the crucial bit, as the heat is the thing that destroys the follicle and prevents further hair growth.



How can I be sure Laser hair removal is safe for my bikini area?


Laser hair removal is perfectly safe for removal of hair in the bikini area. It's always a good idea to check that the person doing your treatments is qualified and experienced in using Lasers on this area of the body. Try to find a clinic or practitioner who will offer you a consultation first, so that you can talk it through and decide how much hair you would like to be removed. At the end of your consultation you should have a clear idea of what's involved in Laser bikini treatments, and have a treatment plan for your particular needs provided by the clinic.


What happens if I'm due to have a Laser hair removal treatment but there

isn't much hair growth?


Your Laser practitioner will advise you to extend the time between treatments. This situation usually occurs once you have had 2-3 treatments with our Diode Laser. At this point the treatment will have disabled a high percentage of the follicles, which means there's no further hair growth from them. In addition, the remaining follicles will have been weakened, so the rate of growth from these will have slowed, and you will notice that you're not shaving as often as you were at the beginning of your treatments. If you're not having to shave at all between treatments, this a sign that a longer period should be left between treatments, until you can see some hair growth.


How long between Laser hair removal treatments?


The time span between Laser hair removal treatments will depend on a number of factors, such as the colour and thickness of the hair, as well as where on your body the Laser is applied. For example, facial hair removal treatments will generally be applied more often than leg hair treatments.


Can lighter or blonder hair be treated with Laser hair removal?


Not with traditional or older types of Laser devices. With the advances in technology for Laser hair removal, it's now possible to treat lighter and blonde hair. You need to check which type of Laser is being used when enquiring about treatment for light or blonde hair, as not every Laser will be suitable. We use a Diode Laser which has the ability to be programmed to treat all hair colours and types successfully

 To get the best out of all the treatments that we offer, a consultation is required. This is a valuable FREE one to one meeting focused on you, and will provide you with qualified and experienced advice. All Laser treatments are subject to a patch test at least 24 hours prior to treatment. Patch tests are charged at £30, refundable upon payment for courses booked.


Treatments subject to medical checks. Full Terms and Conditions HERE

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