Unwanted hair can be easily removed with the laser hair removal treatment. At Derma Laser Clinics we use the Alexandrite Laser which is the gold standard for hair removal. Laser hair removal is a long-term solution to unwanted or excess hair which can be used on both men and women. It’s suitable for most areas on the body and means that there will be no need for waxing or daily shaving.
A course of treatments is required at 4-8 weekly intervals to make sure that the hair is caught in the correct part of the hair growth cycle. The treatment will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and free from painful in-grown hairs.
Before and After Images
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
The melanin which is the pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the light. The energy from the light heats the pigment which then successfully destroys the cells in the hair follicle which cause hair growth. This is without damaging the surrounding cell. Once the laser is placed on the skin, a short pulse of light is released and targets several follicles at the same time. The applicator is then moved across the skin to the next area and the process is continued until the whole area is covered.
Am I suitable for treatment?
The best results are found with people who have fair skin and dark hair. However, most people are suitable for treatment. Dark hair is treated more easily because it has a higher concentration of melanin. Fair hair doesn’t contain as much melanin as dark hair so it is therefore harder to treat. Grey and white hairs are not suitable for treatment.
How does the treatment feel?
The sensation varies from person to person. However, most clients describe the sensation of the treatment as a ‘flick of an elastic band.’ No anaesthetic is required and most clients say that the discomfort is minimal and easily tolerated.
What will I see after treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by the heat but the hairs will still be in the follicle. The dead hairs will then shed 1-3 weeks later as the epidermis is renewed. During this time the hair will look as if it is growing while the hairs are being pushed out by the new epidermis.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and the hair follicles may be pronounced and swollen, this will subside within a few hours. Adverse reactions such as; temporary lightening or darkening of the skin or a small blister are rare.
How many treatments are necessary?
Several treatments are needed as only actively growing hair is affected. You would need treatments every 4-8 weeks but it depends on the area that is being treated and how long it takes for a good result to be seen. The usual number of treatments is six or more for the best results but it changes from person to person.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment time varies from ten minutes to an hour and it depends on the area being treated.