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Introduction to Laser treatment for unwanted hair
Hair in unwanted places can not only be a nuisance physically, but it can knock you self-esteem. Hair removal is a commonplace factor of many people’s beauty regimes, but traditional methods available in the UK, such as creams, waxing and shaving are not only temporary fixes, but can also be quite painful, laborious and foul-smelling.
Hair removal is a fast, relatively pain-free solution which gives longer-lasting results, compared to other methods.
What is laser hair removal?
PHI Clinic has two, gold standard laser devices: the Gentlemax Pro and the Palomar Vectus. Their advance technologies are specifically designed to target stubborn, unwanted hair, while ensuring the patient experience is as comfortable as possible.
The pigment in the hair absorbs the energy delivered by the laser device. This energy retards the hair from the very root, right down in the hair follicle. This in turn stunts the hair growth, significantly reducing the hair in the treated area, in some cases removing it completely.
The patient can just lie back and relax while a highly-trained Aesthetic Therapist performs the treatment.
How many session will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
As a guideline, we suggest patients have 6-8 sessions. When treating the face, it is advisable that patients come to the clinic every 4-6 weeks, whereas body hair should be addressed every 6-8 weeks. Not only will consistent treatments provide better results in the long term, it will also allow for the hairs to be treated in the best stage of growth.
It is best to avoid having laser treatment in the summer months, or directly before or after exposure to the sun, as this can significantly increase your susceptibility to burning. We would always advise patients to start treatment in the colder months for this reason.
Even in winter months patients should use a good SPF, which not only help protect the skin from sun damage and help age the skin better, but also acts as a barrier from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Am I a suitable candidate?
At PHI, our Aesthetic Therapists are highly qualified, meaning they can treat patients who are skin types 1-6. We require all patients to have a patch test at least 48 hours before laser hair removal. This can be done during your initial consultation, where you will discuss with the clinician what treatment plan is best for you. The patch test is essential to make sure you do not react to laser treatment, and that the correct settings are used.
Hair density, colour and skin types are all factors that our Aesthetic Therapists take into consideration when providing laser treatment. A full assessment is made on what parameters are used, what machine is used, and you will be given a realistic plan for what results you will see, and when to see them.
Laser treatment it not advisable for those who are pregnant or breast feeding. While there is no clinical proof that it puts the baby or mother at risk, we always like to steer towards safety. Equally, if you have had laser treatment in the past and have fallen pregnant, it is important to note that hair growth may be triggered, due to hormonal imbalance. However, the majority of the hairs will be permanently removed.
Who will perform the treatment?
We urge that all those who are considering laser treatment seek a practitioner who is fully-trained in using the device. Laser treatment is unregulated in the UK, meaning anyone can perform treatment. That is not to say that everyone is able to operate the device safely.
If the right settings are not used, patients are susceptible to burning. It is crucial, especially for patients of colour, to not only see a specialist, but also to have a patch test prior to treatment. This ensures that the right settings are used, and that the patient is suitable for treatment.
Our Senior Aesthetic Nurses & Therapists have gained years’ worth of experience working for various clinics, they have been hand selected to join PHI Clinic based on their dedication and commitment to patient care.
What areas can be treated?
Male Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal is a global procedure, but it’s not just for the ladies – the amount of men we see requesting this procedure is on the increase.
Here at PHI Clinic our male patients usually seek hair removal for unwanted hair on the chest, back and abdomen.
All shapes and sizes come through the door for laser male laser hair removal.
It is such a satisfying cosmetic procedure for us to do. Male laser hair removal on the back is our most common procedure. At PHI Clinic we appreciate a mans need for no nonsense, safe treatment, for that reason we are proud to announce that while other laser hair removal machines may provide the same result over time; the machines we have at PHI Clinic can deliver results much faster and safer. When you visit us for your male laser hair removal consultation the practitioner who will be performing the treatment will discuss any concerns you may have and perform a patch test, to ensure your skin does not have an unusual reaction to the laser.
About a week later, the area for treatment will then be shaven and we will begin the procedure. You usually need about 8-10 treatments 5 weeks apart depending on the look you wish to achieve. At PHI Clinic, you will be provided with the greatest levels of care throughout your entire treatment process.
Is there any downtime?
Straight after treatment, it is possible the area might be a little red and slightly sensitive. This will subside after a few hours though, and it certainly not something to be alarmed about. Patients can resume their usual activities straight after having treatment, and many patients in fact have laser hair removal during their lunch breaks, due to how efficient and safe it is.
Ruth Z - London
Since I had been shaving my legs, I have been considering options that will mean I don’t have to undertake such a laborious task anymore. Waxing was a solution for a while, but I didn’t like having to let my hair grow to a significant length before I could wax again – it could be quite embarrassing and I often like to wear skirts (both in and out of the workplace). very happy indeed after visiting PHI Clinic on Harley Street in London.
Do I need to shave beforehand?
For the initial patch test, you will not need to prepare the area as this will be done by the clinician. However, it is advisable that you shave the area before treatment. The clinic has means for dry shaving, but to avoid shaving rash and discomfort, it is best that patients come shaved to their appointment.
Will it hurt?
With any laser treatment, there will be a warm sensation during treatment. Depending on the pain threshold of the individual, some find it bearable to slightly uncomfortable, while others do not register any pain. The Gentlemax Pro is mostly used on those who are of darker skin types, to ensure safe treatment. The Vectus is more preferable for those who wish to have quick treatment, as it has a larger hand-piece, significantly reducing treatment time.
Can I wax?
When having a course of treatment, patients should not wax. Without any hair, there will be no pigment for the laser to attach to, meaning treatment is futile. It is best to let the hairs grow, or to shave prior to treatment.