Laser Treatments

31 Mar, 2019

Free yourself from the constant battle of shaving, epilating and waxing unwanted hair on your body. The world has come a long way in terms of getting rid of hair in a quicker, longer lasting and more permanent way!

Here are some of the most common questions about laser hair removal!

How does it work? 

Laser hair removal works by selectively heating melanin that is in the hair follicle while leaving the rest of your skin untouched.

What is the average amount of treatments required?

The number of sessions depends on various factors, including the area of the body being treated, skin colour, coarseness of hair and gender.

The average number of treatments also depends on the part of the body you are getting treated but generally:
Face: 6-10 treatments every 4-6 weeks.
Body: 4-6 treatments every 8-12 weeks

What are the most common side-effects and risks?

During treatment: discomfort.

Post treatment: itching, redness, and swelling around the treatment area. These side effects rarely last more than three days.

Like anything beauty related there are always rare side effects and risks. In this context it could be hyper-pigmentation, blistering, scarring, acne, swelling around the hair follicle and scab formation.

Does laser work for all skin types?

Yes, you just need to make sure that it is the right laser type!

What is the Fitzpatrick scale?

The Fitzpatrick scale is a categorisation for human skin colour based on the response of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. The Fitzpatrick scale has only six categories.

  1. I Always burns, never tans.
  2. II Usually burns, tans with difficulty.
  3. III Sometimes burns, tans gradually to olive complexion.
  4. IV Rarely burns, tans with ease.
  5. V Very rarely burns, tans very easily.
  6. VI Never burns, tans very easily.

What are the different types of lasers?

There are different types of laser for different skin types and prices.

  1. Alexandrite

This type of laser uses an alexandrite crystal, emitting red, near-infrared light. It is best suited for lighter skin tones and is at the lower end of the Fitzpatrick scale (I to II).

Alexandrite lasers arent suitable for darker skin tones. They can cause changes to your skin's pigment and be more painful due to the rapid repetition rate of the laser!

  1. 2. Diode

Diode laser hair removal is one of the newest type of laser hair removal and is where diodes are used to form the light source. They have a longer wavelength and can treat large areas of the skin. Diode laser is better for darker skin (Fitzpatrick scale IV-VI).

  1. IPL

IPL is an acronym for 'intense pulsed light'. It works similarly to a flash light in that it scatters unconcentrated light over a wider area. The pulsed light is delivered via a handheld flashgun, which is passed over the skin and breaks down the hair regrowth cycle.

IPL does not have the capability to effectively treat deep-rooted hair. This means the patient will not achieve the desired result of permanently removing the hair using this method. IPL is ideal when there is more contrast between the base skin colour and the target (hair) colour. i.e. fair skin (Fitzpatrick scale I or II) and dark hair.

  1. Nd:YAG

Nd:YAG has the capability to reach deeper layers of the skin tissue, disrupting future hair growth. This type of laser has been developed specifically to be effective on all skin tones.

Laser hair removal is the way forward! Cynosure Elite+ laser system at Saiqs target and destroy hair cells without damaging the surrounding skin resulting in smooth, hair-free skin that lasts.

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