Laser 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. If you’ve ever noticed how dark clothes absorb sunlight & heat up on a hot day; you’ll begin to understand how the pigment (colour) in a hair follicle absorbs heat from the laser.
During laser hair removal, the laser targets the coloured pigment in a hair follicle and shaft. The light from the laser is absorbed by this pigment and the energy converts to heat, which damages the hair follicle so that it is no longer able to produce hairs. Using a handheld laser hair removal device, we are able to treat hundreds of hair follicles at a time, removing hair from anywhere on the body.
Laser hair removal is only able to target the hair follicles that are in their active growth (anagen) phase, which means that any follicles that are dormant will continue to grow hair as usual once they enter their active phase. This is why we may need to carry out several treatments to laser as many active hair follicles as possible, and give you the best long-term reduction in hair growth.
Heredity and ethnic background constitute the primary causes of hair growth. Superfluous or excessive hair growth in women often results from normal biological changes that they undergo throughout life, such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause and as part of ageing. Any one of these changes may cause an increase in hair growth in areas that never had hair before, or cause a small to moderate problem area to worsen. Other causes of hair growth can be associated with certain medications, stress and obesity.
More serious causes can be an abnormality in the endocrine system, such as irregular menstrual cycles; ovarian disorders, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS); and thyroid abnormalities.
The Laser light is aimed at the body area to be treated and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The Laser is then moved to the adjacent area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
The three stages of hair growth are the Anagen (growth), Catagen (transitional), and Telogen (resting) phases. Once the cycle is complete, it restarts and a new strand of hair begins to form. Hair must be in the active growth phase for treatment to be effective, as this is when the hair is still connected to the base of the hair follicle. Each strand of hair on the human body is at its own stage of development, which is why multiple treatments are needed over time to treat all hairs during their growth stage.
The number of sessions needed are dependent on the individual and can also be dependent on medical background and hormonal changes in the body. Depending on the thickness of the hair and the area to be treated, we recommend a course of 6 treatments to begin with, after which top-up sessions are available if necessary.
For the treatment to be successful, there needs to be pigment in the hairs being treated. From experience, laser treatment is not effective on pure blonde, white or grey hair.
General reasons of unsuitability not related to skin and hair type include:
- any history of sensitivity to light based treatments;
- current medication known to cause photosensitivity;
- an active infection at the site to be treated;
- patients who have used the drug isotretinoin/roaccutane in the last year;
- during pregnancy
You are allowed to shave in between treatments as this is the only method of hair management, which does not remove hair from the root. Remember, you need the root to be present for your treatments to be effective. You will however notice that the need to manage your hair growth will be reduced considerably right from the very first treatment.
After each laser hair removal treatment, you will have a hair-free period once the treated hair has shed. Regrowth will occur but this should be thinner and more patchy after each session. Most people say they see a noticeable difference after their first treatment. It is worth noting that some hair is thicker and has deeper roots so will take longer for noticeable results in these areas; the is perfectly normal.
There are common side effects experienced immediately after a treatment such as temporary erythema (redness) or temporary perifollicular oedema (swelling/lumps). Sometimes the skin can even feel a little itchy or tender to touch. These are all signs of a good treatment and usually disappear within 24 hours but sometimes can take up to 72 hours.
There is also a slight risk of hyper and hypo-pigmentation. This is the darkening and lightening of the skin, which is why it is important to protect the skin from the sun using UVA and UVB protective sunblock of SPF 30 or above. We can advise you on the best products for your skin to avoid this from happening.
In very rare cases, people can suffer from temporary blistering and scabbing. In all instances, any adverse reaction you experience should be discussed with your therapist.
Laser hair removal is the only clinically proven treatment for the removal of unwanted facial and body hair gently, quickly and effectively with long lasting results. On average 80-95% of lasered hair is permanently gone after a recommended course of treatments.
To ensure the best results, we recommend a treatment every four to six weeks for the face, and six to eight weeks on the body, over six sessions for a permanent reduction in hair growth. This varies from person to person. Your therapist will advise when your next treatment should be scheduled. After a course of treatments, your hair growth should be permanently reduced and hair follicles that successfully absorb the laser will never grow back. Hair follicles that are dormant or reactive with age or hormonal changes may reappear but will be lighter, finer and fewer.
It is natural that some hair will still be present, though significantly reduced following a course of treatment. Your therapist will discuss a bespoke maintenance or ‘top-up’ package. However, in some cases the continuation of hair growth may be due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). At Sheer Laser Clinic we offer a 25% reduction for all clients who are afflicted by PCOS.
The Lightsheer Duet laser hair removal system is clinically proven to be both safe and effective. It has an exceptional safety record and is the industry’s Gold Standard for laser hair removal. It is important that the treatment is performed by a certified and trained professional. However, as with all treatments, there are some contraindications which need to be considered and will be discussed with you during your consultation to ensure your safety and suitability.
The LightSheer Duet uses ChillTip™ technology cooling system to momentarily numb the skin to minimise pain. You will most likely experience some level of manageable discomfort commonly described as a pinch or a zap, however the sensation is only momentary for the moment the laser is being pulsed. Most clients find the treatment to be significantly less painful than they expected. For those that are accustomed to waxing, they feel it is far less painful than waxing.
We will perform a patch test before performing a full treatment, so you will experience the sensation before committing to the full course of treatments.
The result from laser hair removal cannot be matched by traditional methods of hair removal. Traditional hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, plucking/tweezing, sugaring, and threading provide only temporary results – some for fewer than 24 hours.
Laser hair removal is a long-term hair removal solution, giving you a long-lasting, permanent result. In only a few treatments (recommended six to eight) we can clear your skin of unwanted hair. Laser treatment has another advantage, in that you never have to let the hair grow out a few days before your treatments in order to get it to work, as you do with other methods.
It is the Gold Standard in lasers for hair removal, and is particularly popular because it delivers outstanding results for all skin types, skin colours, hair types and most hair colours.
- Award-winning Gold standard technology
- Most effective than IPL
- Delivers consistent hair-free results
- Safe for all skin colours
- Can treat fairer hair types
- Fast and effective
- Minimal discomfort
- Can be used on tanned skin