Laser hair removal in Maldon, Essex
Laser hair removal is a safe and long lasting treatment that can remove unwanted hair from the face and body.
Laser hair removal works through a concentrated beam of light. The light is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells.
How is treatment carried out?
The laser or Intense Pulsed Light 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”.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. 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.
What will I see after the treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs 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.
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. Adverse 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.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment, there is also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.
We require one session in advance to secure your next treatment.
Consultation forms will be sent Via Email or WhatsApp before you come into the clinic to check for any contraindications. Once we have received your consultation form back, You will then come in for a full consultation and patch test. The patch test will indicate whether or not you are likely to have a reaction to the treatment and will reveal if your skin is sensitive. This will enable us to determine your suitability for the treatment as well as the most relevant course of action for your skin.
You should make sure that the area to be treated for the patch test is clean and shaved. It is vital that you do not remove any hair from the root in the run-up to your treatment, so no plucking, epilating or waxing. This is because the root is needed for the laser to do its job.
During the consultation process, we will discuss the following with you:
- Treatment goals and expectations
- Current method of hair removal
- The hair cycle and skin
- How laser hair removal treatment works
- Different types of laser technology
- The treatment process and factors that will determine your results
- Details about your medical history (including any current medications)
- Pre-treatment requirements
- Aftercare requirements
- Cost and frequency of treatments
- Predicated results of the treatment
We will contact you 48 hours after the patch test to get some feedback and ascertain if there were any adverse reactions. If you are satisfied, We will book you in for your first session towards your goal of permanent hair reduction/ laser treatment.