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Laser Hair Removal can change the lives of those who suffer from embarrassing facial hair or excessive hair anywhere on the body. Imagine being able to get up in the morning and not have to worry about waxing appointments, shaving or applying messy creams?
At “Lose It With Laser” our FDA approved Laser machine can safely treat unwanted hair from the face and body to give you peace of mind and freedom from that never ending battle.

PAIN FREE LASER HAIR REMOVAL FOR ALL SKIN COLOURS

The SHR DIODE LASER is the latest addition to the arsenal for fighting the war against unwanted facial and body hair at ‘Lose it with Laser’.
This machine uses 810nm laser technology, the gold standard in laser hair removal since its introduction in 1998.

In the past, the problems with this type of laser were the pain experienced during the treatment and the limitation of not being suitable for use on people with tanned or darker skin colour.
This is now a thing of the past, thanks to the new SHR (Super Hair Removal) technology. Using this gliding motion, as opposed to the one high intensity zap at a time, smooth hair free skin is possible without the pain. Clinical tests show that a slower heating process using this gliding technology, combined with a high rate of repetition of pulses (up to 10 pulses per second), optimum temperatures are reached at the hair root level with far less risk of trauma to the surrounding tissue.

Because of this point of difference, tanned skin and even darker type 6 skins can be treated to remove excess hair once and for all.
So, whether it was that your skin colour was just too dark or the fear of the pain associated laser hair removal that was holding you back, there is no longer any excuse! Both men and women can do away with the razor, waxing, threading etc.

Give yourself the confidence and freedom of a hair free body.
A number of sessions need to be completed at specified intervals to ensure 85-95% permanent hair reduction.
These vary according to each body part (same as for IPL hair removal. See chart below)
RING AND BOOK A FREE PATCH TEST TODAY
You will be amazed at how much improvement you will see just after your very first treatment.

Most Common Areas Treated
The most popular areas treated for women are the chin and upper lip, underarms, bikini, arms and legs.
For men, the neck, back and shoulders, chest and legs.
Treatment can be tailored to individual needs.

What If I Have In-grown Hairs?
Another issue for those who shave and wax is the unsightly bumps from in-grown hairs. Laser works on the pigment in the hairs beneath the skins surface, which is exactly where in-grown hairs are, so relief from this is condition is assured.

Hair Facts
Hair grows in 3 cycles.
The active phase, known as Anagen, is where the hair is growing and is attached to the follicle. Next they go into the dormant stage where they remain anchored to the follicle for weeks or even months depending on the location of the body. This stage is called the Catagen phase. The third stage, Telogen, is when they finally loosen and shed from the follicles, only to be replaced by more hairs that are new and actively growing hairs at the beginning of the cycle again.
Only the hairs in the Anagen phase are destroyed during each Laser treatment so this is why more than one session is required. Subsequent treatments target the new hair follicles as they enter the Anagen phase.
With each treatment fewer hairs will grow.
A point to remember here is that eventually the dormant cells will be activated due to hormonal changes so you may see shoots of hair appearing. This is NOT the hair that has been treated but the hairs that have been dormant, so a maintenance session may need to be had once or twice depending on the part of the body being treated.

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How Many Sessions Will I Need?
For hair removal to be permanently reduced a course of 6-8 sessions (more sessions needed for upper lip) are required. This is to ensure that 85-95% of the hairs have been “bombarded” at the active Anagen phase.
Treatments will be spaced 2-8 weeks apart depending on the part of the body being treated.
After completing the recommended course of treatment an occasional touch up may be required perhaps once a year. Touch ups will be offered at a heavily discounted rate for those who have completed their Laser programme. Eventually any hairs that do grow back will be too fine and light in colour to be further treated.(REMEMBER WHEN THE HAIRS BECOME SO FINE AND LIGHT THAT THERE IS NO PIGMENT, FURTHER LASER TREATMENTS ON THEM WILL NOT BE EFFECTIVE)

BODY AREA TREATMENT INTERVALS AVERAGE # OF TREATMENTS
Upper Lip 2-4 weeks 8-10
Pubic Area 4-6 weeks 8
Underarms 4-6 weeks 8
Arms 6-8 weeks 6-8
Legs 8-10 weeks 6-8
Breasts 6-8 weeks 6
Chest/Back 8-10 weeks 8
Neck 6-8 weeks 8
Beard 2-4 weeks 6

Other Factors That Can Effect Results
Genetics, medication and an imbalance in hormone levels can affect hair growth patterns! as too can an overactive or under active thyroid and hormone replacement therapies.
For example, a common form of imbalance is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCOS.
Ongoing maintenance may be required to treat this condition.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Initial Consultation:
Initial Consultation:
Your first appointment will be a comprehensive consultation to answer all your questions and to check that there are no contra-indications to the Laser treatment, such as taking medications that cause photosensitivity.
The colour of your skin, according to the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Chart, must be assessed and the appropriate setting will be determined. A patch test will be applied to the relevant area and provided there is no marked change detected an appointment will be scheduled for 24-48 hours later.
At that time the site will be re-assessed and if no visible change has been detected the treatment can proceed.
It is preferable to leave the area unshaven for the initial consultation so the therapist can see how dense the hairs are and their colouring. It should however be shaved before the treatment so NO hairs are left above the skin’s surface. The pulse of light needs to travel down the shaft to get to the hair follicle so having hairs would mean the current would be weaker and the treatment not as effective.

THE HAIR ON THE AREA BEING TREATED MUST NOT BE WAXED, PLUCKED OR THREADED FOR 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO ANY LASER TREATMENTS AS THERE NEEDS TO BE PIGMENTED HAIR IN THE FOLLICLE. AS HAIR REMOVAL WITH THESE METHODS REMOVES THE HAIR FROM THE FOLLICLE, LASER WOULD BE A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!
SHAVING AND THE USE OF A DEPILATORY CREAM IS FINE AS THEY LEAVE THE ROOT IN TACT.

Firstly, a clear gel is applied to the skin. Both the technician and the client wear protective eyewear.
The hand piece is held against the skin and then activated. The hand piece is glided over the area 2-3 times to ensure the underlying follicles have absorbed the energy. Where the area to be treated is larger, such as the legs, back and chest, a pencil is used to grid the area. This is to ensure ALL parts are fully treated and no spots are missed. The hand piece is then moved along and the process repeated until the entire area has been covered. Once the treatment is complete, the gel will be wiped off and a cooling gel and sunblock are applied, where necessary.

Immediately After the Treatment:
You can return to work and resume normal activities after your appointment.
Laser applies heat in the target areas so you can expect to be slightly pink after the treatment. It can be likened to mild sunburn. This normally lasts from between 2-24 hours. An ice pack and soothing gel can be applied to dramatically improve recovery time if necessary.
A reaction similar to goose bumps known as “Peri Follicular Oedema” is common and will disappear within the same time frame as with the reddening.
For facial treatments a mineral powder can be applied on top of sunblock.
In darker skinned people responses may be delayed for up to 48 hours.

After the Treatment:
After a period of up to 2-3 weeks for the body and 7-10 days for the face, it will seem as there is growth in the form of stubble.
This is not new hair, but rather, the treated hairs being expelled from the damaged follicles.
The use of a warm washcloth with a GENTLE rubbing action can assist to shed this hair but DO NOT PLUCK OR FORCE the hairs to fall out.
After this has occurred, the dormant hairs will start to grow and this will be the best time for the second session to be undertaken. There will already be visibly fewer hairs in the area.

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE
Sun Exposure:
Keeping the skin as close to its natural colour will ensure better results quicker. Whilst this new machine can treat tanned and even darker skins, it may be necessary to turn down the intensity of the treatment if the skin is much darker due to tanning. If this is necessary, it may take more sessions to reach the best final result.
As the beam of light is attracted to the pigment in the target it will intensify the heat generated at the site due to the extra melanin and increase the intensity and therefore, the risk of burning.
You must inform the therapist if you have had recent exposure at any consequent session so the setting can be adjusted accordingly. An SPF30+ must be used daily to protect at all times.
Similarly, fake tans and spray tans stain the outer skin cells so this too applies more pigments.
All traces of make-up must also be removed before any treatment is performed on the face.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING NO EXPOSURE TO HARMFUL UVA/UVB RAYS AND ALWAYS USING MINIMUM SPF30+ FOR 4 WEEKS PRIOR AND DURING THE COURSE OF THE TREATMENT CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH.

Waxing, Plucking and Threading:
As laser targets the pigment within the hair follicle it is important to stop these methods of hair removal 4 weeks prior to commencing Laser treatments.
Shaving or using a depilatory cream is okay as they do not remove the hair from the follicle.
The area needs to be shaved 24 before the treatment once the initial consultation has been completed.

AHA Creams, Glycolic and Salicylic Peels:
These products should not be used for at least one week before Laser treatments commence. Medical strength should be stopped 2-4 weeks prior as they cause photosensitivity.

Other Precautions:
It is recommended to avoid any activities 24 hours prior and 24 hours after a treatment that may make you hot and sweaty such as excessive exercise, spas and saunas.

HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
The amount of time required depends on the size of the area to be treated.
The upper lip may only take 5 minutes but a full back or legs can take as long as one hour (and perhaps longer).

IN SUMMARY
24 hours after treatment:
*No sun exposure or use of sunbeds and fake tans.
*Wear sunblock with both UVA/UVB protection.
*No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams.
*No hot baths/showers- tepid water only.
*No heat treatments such as spas, saunas or excessive exercise..
*No swimming in chlorinated pools.
*No deodorant if treating underarms.

LONG TERM AFTER CARE
*Always wear a SPF30+ sunblock with both UVA/UVB protection.
*Avoid excessive sun exposure/UV exposure.
*No waxing, plucking or threading during the treatment period.

THE COOLER MONTHS ARE AN IDEAL TIME OF THE YEAR TO START LASER HAIR REMOVAL FOR A HAIR FREE SUMMER.