Shaving can sometimes feel like a chore, especially on holiday.
We offer a treatment that can permanently reduce unwanted hair and leave you with plenty of time to get on with more important things.
Intense Pulsed Light and Laser treatment permanently reduces unwanted hair by destroying the hair root so that it can never re-grow. It is non-invasive, quick and results are seen in just a few sessions.
Laser hair removal can also offer a superior solution for hormone related hair growth and for large areas of unwanted hair. See some example ipl laser hair removal treatments.
Prior to any treatment one of our technicians will provide a full consultation. The consultation identifies your expectations and provides a complete explanation of the treatment. A medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment and if you wish to proceed a written informed consent is obtained and a patch test is performed to confirm there are no adverse skin reactions to the light.
How do Intense Pulsed Light and Lasers work?
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light systems release precisely controlled short bursts of light that are absorbed by melanin, the pigment in hair. This heats the hair and destroys the root to achieve long term hair reduction.
How is Laser hair removal carried out?
At Cheshire Lasers we use Intensed Pulsed Light for hair removal. You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. For Intense Pulsed Light treatments a layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The area will also be cooled to increase comfort during treatment. The light guide is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, targeting 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. The chilled gel is removed and the area is cooled. Aftercare Sun avoidance is essential. Daily use of a high factor, broad spectrum sunblock is strongly advised.
Am I suitable for Laser hair removal?
The ideal patient is fair skinned with dark hair, but results can also be achieved for fairer hair and darker skin types. The darker the hair, the more easily it is treated; as darker hair contains more melanin it will heat up more easily. Fairer hair contains less melanin and is harder to treat. Grey/white hair has no melanin so cannot be effectively treated.
How does the laser treatment feel?
No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very short hot pin prick that occurs very quickly when the intensed pulsed light is omitted, making it the preferred choice for hair removal.
What will I see after the treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The hairs fall out 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.
Is laser hair removal safe?
The skin can become quite red immediately after treatment, however most patients experience no side effects and any skin reaction usually disappears within a few hours. Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form.
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 site treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The number of treatments required varies, but typically 6 or more treatments are required for maximum results.
How long does each laser hair removal treatment take?
Treatments can take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated.
IPL Laser hair removal mechanics:
The focused, broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin by way of a handpiece. The intense light travels through the tissue of the skin until it strikes the hair shafts or the bulb (root) of the hair. The bulb is usually where the highest concentration of melanin is located, as opposed to the rest of the hair shaft. The light is converted to heat energy. The bulb and most of the hair shaft are instantly vaporized. The intense heat radiated by the hair also destroys the hair-producing papilla or the entire hair follicle. It is also claimed that direct light-heat conversion occurs directly in the darker coloured capillaries that bring nourishing blood to the follicle.