- 1 Hair Reduction
- 1.1 Laser Hair Reduction
- 1.2 How does laser treatment work?
- 1.3 Is the treatment safe?
- 1.4 Does the treatment hurt?
- 1.5 Who carries out the treatment?
- 1.6 What does the consultation and test patch involve?
- 1.7 How many treatments will I need?
- 1.8 How long does each treatment take?
- 1.9 Does the laser treat blond / Grey hair / Very fine?
- 1.10 Can I remove the hair between treatments?
- 1.11 Is there anything I should avoid before and during my treatment course?
- 1.12 Care for 48 hours after treatment
Laser Hair Reduction
Kosmoderma uses the very best in laser technologies. We offer four different technologies to target every type of hair in different skin types, ensuring safe and effective treatments across.
The ND Yag Laser, gives superior results for all skin types with a high safety record on pigmented skin (Indian skin) types. Due to the light absorption and target properties of the ND Yag laser, it has been proven to be the safest kind of laser to use on pigmented skin types.
The Diode laser gives safe and effective treatments for fairer skin types and allows us to target lightly pigmented hairs as well.
The IPL helps target fine hairs in all skin types. This technology which uses a broad treatment hand piece helps us reduce treatment times , making it a quick lunch time procedure for working professionals on the go.
Finally, the Revlite, the Q switched NdYAG laser can treat very short and fine hairs for the discerning clients.
These lasers are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Laser hair reduction.
How does laser treatment work?
Hair reducing lasers work by interacting with the pigment in the hair to produce heat. A very intense beam of light is passed through the skin at the hair root. The dark hair becomes very hot and destroys the cells that produce the hair. If the light is intense enough, the hair follicle is damaged to an extent where it can no longer produce hair at all.
Is the treatment safe?
The treatment is approved by the FDA, who has deemed it safe. Each clinic is medically supervised at all times. The light produced by the laser is in the infrared end of the light spectrum as opposed to the ultraviolet end. This type of light is non-carcinogenic (non-cancer causing).
Lasers have been used in the medical profession for over 15 years and no long-term side effects have been reported.
Does the treatment hurt?
Everyone’s pain threshold is different. As treatment settings vary, according to individual skin and hair types, so do the levels of discomfort. We provide the option of a topical anaesthetic and also our patented inbuilt cooling system allows us to specially cool the treatment area, hence reducing the discomfort level. This will be discussed at your initial consultation.
The test patch performed at the consultation will give you an idea as to the discomfort level.
Who carries out the treatment?
All of our treatments are carried out by fully qualified Laser technicians, Nurses and Doctors who have passed an in-house examination on laser hair reduction and have undergone the Core of Knowledge training which focuses on Health and Safety issues. The in-house training is conducted by our Medical Director who is associated with the American & European Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.
What does the consultation and test patch involve?
The consultation involves a discussion with the laser practitioner who will examine your skin and hair type for suitability. A test patch is carried out to determine the best suitable laser and treatment settings and to avoid overdosing the skin. If any adverse effects are experienced on the test patch area, we may need to re-assess your treatment programme. A test patch is mandatory for each area to be treated.
How many treatments will I need?
During your consultation we will assess the skin and hair and plan a tailor-made programme that will offer you the best results to suit your needs. On average we recommend a course of 6-8 sessions. However, some clients do not need to return after 3to 4 treatments and some may need a couple of more sessions. The sessions are typically spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart.
How long does each treatment take?
This depends on the size of the area you are having treated. The lasers have a variable spot size from 3 to 30mm. These are some of the largest in the industry. This enables us to clear an area very quickly, which also reflects in the price. For example, a bikini and underarm together takes about 30 minutes, an upper lip takes 10 mins.
Does the laser treat blond / Grey hair / Very fine?
Very blond / grey / very fine hair are not suitable for laser treatment, on one hand because of insufficient heat being generated in the hair and on the other because too much heat is being generated in the skin.
Can I remove the hair between treatments?
The hair is not to be removed from your skin during treatment as the old, dead hair (the hair cast) has to work its way out. The hair cast (the treated hair which falls out by itself) often appears to be growing hair for up to two weeks after treatment, after which it will fall out. You can remove the hair cast by shaving, trimming or depilatory cream. Waxing and plucking are not acceptable methods of removing the hair between treatments.
Is there anything I should avoid before and during my treatment course?
Do your best to minimize a suntan to the area being treated as a suntan can put your skin at risk as the increased skin pigment will absorb some of the laser heat. This includes sun beds and self-tanning creams. Do not apply aggravating creams to the skin before or during the course of treatment. This includes Glycolic Acid (AHA creams) and Retin-A cream. Also be sure to tell us if you have been taking any tablets for acne, for any period in the year before treatment or if you are taking any herbal medications as these can make your skin sensitive to laser.
Care for 48 hours after treatment
Some redness and swelling is expected in the area for a few hours post treatment
- Use a non-perfumed aftercare product such as Tea-tree body lotion or Aloe Vera gel which can be purchased at the clinic
- Avoid perfume, body lotions, after-shave, make-up and deodorant on the treated area.
- Avoid heat treatments such as hot baths or showers, saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzi.
- Avoid restrictive and tight clothing or excess friction on the area
- Avoid cardiovascular exercise and swimming as the chemicals in the water may cause irritation
- Avoid facial and body treatments until the skin has returned to normal
- Do not apply ice-packs as this can shock and traumatize the skin.
- Do not hesitate to call us if you have any doubts or questions