Excess hair can be unsightly, difficult or inconvenient to remove, and grows back quickly. Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated on a regular basis. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal is the only clinically proven treatment available for laser hair removal.
At The Beauty Rooms we use Intense Pulsed Light system for permanent hair removal, enabling us to treat up to skin type IV. Your skin is safe in our hands.
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What system is used at The Beauty Rooms?
We use a medical grade Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system – the Lynton Luminette®, which enables us to treat up to skin type IV.
The Luminette offers the most advanced treatments currently available, providing the very best balance of clinical results, speed of treatment and client comfort.
How does laser hair removal work?
A short burst of light is fired at the skin’s surface. Light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, where it heats and destroys the hair. If the hair is in the growth stage (anagen), the heat is transmitted down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle and to the germ cells lining the follicle shaft, causing their destruction.
Hair caught in the growth stage will not grow again. Other follicles, which are not actively growing may produce new hair. These follicles will need to be targeted in the growth stage to effect follicle damage.
How many Laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Everyone is different and it is just not possible to be accurate. Somewhere between 6 and 8 laser hair removaltreatments are usually required. The exact number will vary depending on where the hair is, what has been done to the hair in the past and, of course, your individual response. Hormonal conditions, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), will also have a significant bearing on how the treatment progresses.
Can all hair colours be treated?
Laser/IPL depilation works best on dark hair because dark hair contains more pigment to absorb light. Fair hair can respond well but white hair, very blond hair and some types of red hair will not respond to a laser or an IPL system. We always carry out a patch test beforehand.
Is laser/IPL hair removal permanent?
Yes. Actively growing hair follicles will be destroyed. However as with all depilation methods, only actively growing follicles are affected, so dormant or ‘resting’ hair follicles may start to produce hair at a later time. This ‘new growth’ (not re-growth) would need to be treated in the same manner.
How does laser hair removal compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated on a regular basis.
Electrolysis hair removal is a valuable method for treating white, grey and red hairs but it is very slow and suffers from the same drawbacks as laser/IPL methods – only those hairs that are actively growing will be destroyed – the others will grow back.
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light hair removal is the only significant improvement in hair removal in the last 20 years. Many Laser and IPL techniques, now carry the coveted American FDA approval for effective permanent hair removal.
Is the treatment painful?
No. An integrated cooling system and chilled gel are used to cool the skin. Most people experience no more than a slight tingling sensation, which may be felt a little more keenly by people with a darker complexion, as their skin will absorb more energy from the laser. In this case more attention is paid to cooling the skin, before, during and after treatment, to minimise skin reactions and discomfort.
Are there any side effects?
The most common after effect is redness of the skin that can last for a day or so. Slight blistering can occur but this is very rare and will clear up within a few days. In darker skin types, changes in skin colour can occur and you will be advised of any adjunct treatment necessary to prevent this.
Because each individual’s skin responds differently we always carry out a careful pre-treatment patch test procedure to assess individual response so that no unexpected reactions take place during a full treatment.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes. Lasers have been used in medicine for over 30 years and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the treatment can lead to skin disorders or any increased risk of skin cancer. Extensive clinical trials for laser and IPL depilation have resulted in a very safe technique with a minimal risk of side effects.
Can anyone offer this kind of treatment?
At the Beauty Rooms all staff are required to undertake the nationally recognised BTEC Award for the delivery of Laser and Light technologies and techniques. Staff at The Beauty Rooms are trained to a very high standard and regularly update their clinical knowledge and skills.
Should anyone avoid this treatment?
The treatment should be avoided by anyone who is:
- Hypersensitive to light
- Suffering from live cold sores in the treatment area
- Suffering from vitiligo. (skin pigment loss)
- A full medical history will be taken prior to any treatment being offered to exclude any problems.
How do I prepare myself for treatment?
The laser targets the pigment in the hair and skin and thus it is important that you do not have a suntan – whether natural or artificial.
If you have a tan you should wait at least 4 weeks after your last UV exposure until there is no activity in the pigment producing cells.
If you are plucking, waxing or threading, you should stop 4 weeks prior to treatment and change to shaving or cutting the hair.
The area needs to be shaved two days before treatment.
You should avoid perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment.
You should avoid alcohol, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Nurofen for 48 hours before treatment – this will reduce the risk of a skin reaction.
How do I find out more?
You will need to book a consultation. This takes a full 45 minutes and is designed to allow us to assess your needs, advise you of our expectations and make our recommendations for treatment. We will then patch test to ensure that your skin reacts to the Laser or IPL in the predicted way.
Consultations and patch tests are £25 which is redeemable against your first treatment.( You will only be charged if you have a patch test.)