Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal at Eden Skin & Laser Clinic

“Ditch the wax-get hair free and relax!”. Remove unwanted hair faster and more effectively with cosmetic laser treatment. Here at Eden Skin & Laser Clinic we use the Cynosure Elite Medical Grade Laser system, the industry’s leading system for achieving superior and longer lasting results. It treats all skin types safely as it combines two lasers the Alexandrite laser for fairer skins and the Nd Yag laser for clients with darker skin. Almost everyone has unwanted hair some where on their body. Unfortunately, traditional hair removal routines can be tedious, painful and expensive over time. Shaving may last a day, waxing a couple of weeks, but none of them last forever —and therein lies the true beauty of laser hair removal.

Why do I have excess hair? What is Hirsutism?

In these body conscious times, something as innocuous as a little extra body or facial hair can be seen as a flaw to be condemned by the fashion magazines. However, it is worth remembering that we humans are mammals and all mammals are covered with body hair. In some cases body begins to produce excessive growth of facial or body hair. This is known as hirsutism. Hirsutism usually develops during puberty, though certain illnesses or medical treatments can cause it to occur at any stage in life. The condition is often genetic, or else related to hormonal changes within the body.

There are two types of hirsutism, known as idiopathic hirsutism and secondary hirsutism. When a person develops either type of hirsutism, hair follicles enlarge and the hairs become darker and thicker.

Idiopathic Hirsutism

Idiopathic means that the cause of the condition is not completely known. It is suspected that this type of hirsutism may be hereditary, as there is often a family history of the condition. Other than the excessive growth of hair, people with this type of hirsutism show none of the symptoms associated with the other type of hirsutism.

Secondary Hirsutism

Women with secondary hirsutism often present with irregular menstrual cycles. Occasionally, the growth of excessive hair is one of a series of ‘masculine’ traits that the woman may develop, including smaller breasts, larger muscles and a deeper voice than normal. The development of such male traits is thought to be due to an over-production of male hormones known as androgens. Secondary hirsutism is often associated with a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can also cause obesity and very irregular menstrual cycles. It can also be caused by the medical use of male hormones, or by certain glandular malfunctions.

How long has laser technology been in use?

The laser was first used in medicine in 1961, nearly 50 years ago! Laser hair removal began about 15 years ago, but has advanced significantly in the past 8—10 years.

Laser versus other hair removal systems

There are a number of devices available which use light for hair removal treatments however laser hair removal has several advantages over IPL and home hair removal systems:

  • At Eden Skin & Laser Clinic, we do not use IPL for laser hair removal. All laser hair removal technology is not the same, so it is important to be treated with machines that are used in modalities for which they are best suited. IPL is a broad band width of light, it is not a laser, and it does not effectively target and destroy hair follicles the same way as an Alexandrite or YAG laser. Many other establishments use IPL, but this is because the machines are less expensive to purchase and operate. With IPL, you need many more treatments, and sometimes see no reduction at all. IPL will retard the hair growth, but ultimately it does not destroy the follicle.
  •  NoNo?..oh no!  hair removal systems and similar devices  for the home are low powered devices which are designed to be safe for non-medical users with no formal training. These are hand held, battery powered units, requiring frequent recharging . Compare these to our professional lasers, with specific wavelengths for both light skin and dark skin and which are operated by specially trained medical professionals.
  • A recent study of an FDA approved hair removal home device was published by Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, a leading scientific laser journal. The 10 people in the study had 4 to 6 treatments. The results, 4 weeks after the last treatment, demonstrated an average of 36% hair reduction. However, 12 weeks later the hair had mostly returned, and the amount lost was not considered statistically significant. In fact, 4 of the 10 had a higher hair count after 12 weeks than when they started!

 At Eden Skin & Laser Clinic  you know you’re in safe hands and you’ll enjoy fantastic results every time. Our lasers are continuously maintained by our very own team of laser engineers and our laser treatments are carried out by a highly qualified and experienced practitioner. You’ll be sure to be super-smooth and totally satisfied.

How does it work?

To eliminate hair, the laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin to the hair follicle. This energy is then absorbed by the hair follicle to destroy it so that hair can never grow there again.

Am I a viable candidate for laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal can be applied to all areas of the body and on all types of skin (even tanned or dark skin).

Does it hurt?

The treatment causes only minimal discomfort. Patients often say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. Alongside Cynosure Laser we have the Smartcool cooling system which cools the skin  and thus making the treatment more comfortable. Slight redness or localized swelling can occasionally occur, but this usually subsides within the first 24 hours after treatment.

How many treatments are required?

Typically patients will see results in 4–6 treatments, though this number will vary based upon skin tone, hair colour and several other factors.Your practitioner will talk to you about variables that may affect your individual results.

How long does it a treatment take?

A treatment may last from 5 mins for a small area and up to an hour for larger areas e.g. legs and full back.

What are the risks of hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a lunch time procedure. There is no recovery time. Patients can return to work or play immediately. These lasers do not remove skin, so the risks are very low. As with any procedure, we have an informed consent that explains all the possible risks.

What happens at my first visit?

During your free consultation we ask you to complete a questionnaire,this is important as we need to  assess if you are medically and physically suitable for laser hair removal treat.A patch test is then performed to make sure that you are 100% suitable for your first treatment.If you are having an area treated on your face and have a history of hyperpigmentation and/or a darker skin type a skin bleaching topical agent will be prescribed 2-4 weeks prior to treatment and 2 weeks after to prevent pigmentary changes.All clients are prescribed an SPF if having Laser Hair treatment on their face.

How do I prepare before treatment?

  • In order to safely and effectively treat the area we advise the following:
  • Ensure that your skin has not been exposed to direct sunlight or have used a sun bed 4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • If you have sunburn or tan present your treatment will be cancelled.
  • Fake tan/tinted moisturising body lotions must be removed completely at least 10 days prior to treatment if any of the above are present your treatment will be cancelled.
  • Make-up/perfume must be removed for facial treatments. This can be done upon arrival at the clinic.
  • We advise shaving/trimming the area the morning of or the day before each treatment and that minimum hair is visible on the area being treated.
  • All areas must be prepared prior to laser treatment or treatment may be cancelled.
  • It is necessary to stop bleaching your hair 21 days prior to treatments.
  • White or light coloured under garments should be worn for treatment on the bikini area.

What happens during and immediately after my treatment?

  • You will be required to expose the area to be treated – as far as possible your dignity will be respected and preserved at all times.
  • You will be required to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the laser.
  • Ice packs are applied immediately after treatment to cool the area and Aloe Vera gel will be applied before you leave to further soothe the area. We recommend that you cool the area further at home.
  • Your skin will show some redness and slight swelling post treatment. This should resolve within few hours following treatment and you should resume normal activities. We do recommend however, that you avoid hot bath,showers or saunas for 24 hrs. following treatment.
  • Occasionally, superficial ‘skin flaking’ is experienced. In rare cases superficial blistering, scabbing, pigmentation changes may be seen following a treatment. This is a normal but if you are concerned please contact the clinic.
  • Soon after treatment you will observe  hair roots falling out. We do not recommend that you pluck these hairs. Instead we suggest that you exfoliate the area a week after treatment to encourage the hairs to fall out.
  • You will receive a more detailed  after-care sheet after each of your treatments.

PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR PRACTITIONER IF YOUR MEDICAL STATUS HAS CHANGED OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED NEW MEDICATION BEFORE EACH  TREATMENT.

What do I need to do in between treatments?

  • If you wish to keep the treated area ‘hair free’ during treatments,you may shave or use hair removal creams to do so.
  • Do not pluck, wax, thread or bleach the area between treatments, but do remember to ensure that the areas are prepped before you return for your next appointment.
  • If the area has been exposed to sun in between your treatments, you should notify your therapist of this to avoid any adverse skin reactions.
  • The area should not be exposed to direct sunlight until your course of treatments to that area is complete. This will reduce the risk of hypo pigmentation/hyper pigmentation and ensure a more effective treatment is given.
  • If you are planning exposure to sun or have been recently exposed to sun, please notify your clinic prior to your treatment as we  may have to be defer treatments until your skin is suitable for treatment.
  • If having laser treatment on your face wear your prescribed SPF daily, reapplying regularly if in sunnier weather.

I think I’ve had an adverse reaction to my laser hair removal treatment… What do I do?

First of all adverse reactions are rare but can happen, Eden Skin & Laser Clinic prides itself on  the combination of training and expericence on the most advanced FDA approved laser along with strict safety and treatment protocols. But should you think you are having an adverse reaction we advise you to contact the clinic immediately where we can advise and reassure you on what to do.

What results will I expect to see once I’ve completed my course of treatment?

At Eden Skin & Laser Clinic we recommend a minimum course of 6 sessions for all laser hair removal. Provided that you adhere to the clinics guidelines and recommendations clients can expect to  achieve a  85—90% reduction in hair growth in non hormonal areas. Hair that is treated with laser will not return,but it is possible that new hair follicles can be stimulated over time by hormones or ageing and new hair growth is observed.Most clients require 1—2 maintenance treatments  a year following a course. In very rare cases some clients don’t react to treatment. Blonde, white, grey and light red hair colour unfortunately will not respond to laser treatment.

Hair removal lasers are effective treatment for pseudofolliculitis barbae, commonly called ‘ingrown hairs‘ or ‘shaving bumps’ and Folliculitis. They have recently been reported as helpful treatment for pilonidal cysts, and Hidradentitis Suppurativa since they eliminate the ingrown hairs that produce the troublesome foreign body reactions in these conditions.

What’s the difference between all the bikini shapes that you offer? 

The Basic Bikini Line only removes the hair that would show if you were wearing a bathing suit. The Extended Bikini Line removes more hair than a Basic Bikini but less than a Brazilian. It takes most of the hair off of the top, and comes in further on the sides, leaving you with a small area of groomed hair (this option does NOT remove the hair on the labia or the thong line). The Brazilian Bikini gives you the option to remove all the hair down below (though you can leave a triangle or strip if you like). It is the only option that we offer that removes the hair from the labia.If you want to remove hair from the thong line please refer to “Basic Buttocks” area.

How much does it cost?

Download our price list of the most popular areas treated. Prices are approximate, an exact quotation will be given during consultation.

 

Download PDF Laser Hair Removal Price List

 

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