Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair, be it from a condition that causes excess hair growth or just the desire for a new look. Most individuals will require a series of treatments over time which will result in the removal of the unwanted hair. Most of the lasers and light sources are FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction, which means reduction over time. Some individuals will see very long term hair removal which may last for many years. Others may require maintenance treatments over time to maintain their degree of hair loss. It is truly impossible to determine in advance who will require how many treatments and how long the hair will remain gone. 

As stated above, laser hair removal works best in those with dark hairs on lighter skin.

It is truly impossible to determine in advance who will require how many treatments and how long the hair will remain gone. As stated above, laser hair removal works best in those with dark hairs on lighter skin, however, newer technologies and newer lasers and light sources have made the procedure safe and effective in those with darker skin and those individuals of colour.

A full course of 6-8 treatments should result in permanent reduction in hair growth. However, this is dependent upon individual skin tone and hair types. A good responder will expect to see a up to 90% reduction in hair growth. An annual top-up session is recommended for maintenance. 

Who can be treated?

The Soprano Ice Platinum is suitable for any skin type including skin that is tanned (wait one week after sun exposure). You must be over 18 years old to receive laser hair removal treatment. Still not sure whether you are suitable for treatment? Contact our Customer Services Team for more information by clicking here.

Is it safe?

The Soprano Ice Platinum laser hair removal system is extremely safe with a proven safety record. All of our therapists are trained to NVQ Level 4 in Beauty Therapy and are professionally certified for the operation of the Soprano Ice Platinum Laser Hair Removal system. Due to the tri-diode and integrated cooling system on the Soprano Ice Platinum Laser Hair Removal System there is extremely low risk of heat damage to the skin of the area being treated. The Soprano Ice Platinum system is the safest on the market, rather than delivering all the laser energy in single shots such as with a traditional laser system, the applicator of the Soprano Ice Platinum is passed back and forth over the treatment area so that the energy and warmth builds up over a few seconds and ensuring a pain free experience.

How should I prepare before treatment?

Apart from shaving, avoid any other hair removal methods such as waxing, threading or hair removal creams for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. Avoid sun exposure for 1 week and  sunbeds or any kind of fake tan for 2 weeks. You should thoroughly shave areas to be treated or patch tested around 8 hours before your visit. Skin must be hair and stubble free for the laser to be operated safely.

A photo of a lady shaving her right armpit.
Lady Shaving Armpit

Why do I need to shave?

Shaving is necessary prior to treatment with laser to ensure that the session is safe and effective. The optimal time to shave is a few hours before your appointment. This allows time for your skin to calm down and any redness to face while still leaving a smooth surface for the laser to treat.

If the area has not been shaved, the laser will mainly heat up the hair outside the skin rather than the root structures as required. This will not be comfortable and presents an increased risk of side effects after treatment.

If you arrive unshaven, either we will not be able to proceed with the treatment or there will be a small surcharge of £10 per a treatment area for shaving. 

What about aftercare?

After treatment you may experience mild redness or slight sensitivity. Aloe vera gel is excellent to calm and soothe the skin. For any areas treated, if they are to be exposed to sunlight, treat with SPF 50 sun cream prior to sun exposure. After the laser treatment avoid heat such as hot baths or showers, saunas, and steam rooms. Avoid sun exposure for 1 week after treatment and avoid sunbeds throughout your treatment course. Avoid vigorous exercise and swimming as the chemicals in the water may cause irritation.

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Lady Applying Moisturising Lotion

How many sessions will I need?

Laser hair removal will only treat hair in the Anagen phase of growth, roughly 10-15% of the hair in any particular area will be at this phase at any time. Each treatment, 4-8 weeks apart, will treat different hairs at this stage of their life-cycle. You should see a roughly 10-15% reduction in hair per a treatment. Most people will require six to eight treatments per treatment area. 

Can I have Laser Hair Removal if I have a sun tan?

Yes, with the Soprano Ice Platinum Laser System, you can have treatment on tanned areas of skin but you must wait at least one week after sun exposure before receiving treatment. You should wait at least one week after treatment before exposing your treated area to sunlight.

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