PERMANENT DEPILATIONThe flash lamp Laser (Quantum IPL) allows permanent depilation. The treatment is based on selective photothermolysis which means that the melanin contained within the hair follicle absorbs the energy from the light and destroys itself.
It takes several sessions carried out in the same area over 6 to 8-weeks intervals to permanently remove the hairs. Not all of the follicles are present when the depilation is carried out; some of them are still being formed thus relying on a repeated session to ensure success.
There needs to be a prior consultation with a plastic surgeon so that a test can be carried out to assess the susceptibility of the hair follicles. A decision can then be taken on how best to provide the treatment, depending upon the colour and thickness of the hairs.
During your second treatment session, we perform the laser depilation on skin which has either been shaved or had depilation cream used. We advise against waxing at any time during the treatment because it reduces the number of follicles which can be removed.
Possible side effects include:
• a tingling/numbing sensation during the treatment (a topical anaesthetic cream can be applied to the skin an hour beforehand to provide pain relief),
• a red blotch on the skin with temporary sensation of heat lasting for just a few days,
• in some rare cases localised oedema (swelling).
Exposure to the sun is contra-indicated prior and during the treatment. You will need to wait for at least six to eight weeks after tanning before commencing the depilation sessions.Depilation with a laser or flash lamp cannot be carried out with white or very light-coloured hairs; in these cases we will use electric depilation.
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