Info on laser hair reduction
Kosmoderma uses the very best in laser technology.
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. These lasers are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permanent hair reduction. This technology has made it possible for Kosmoderma to offer guarantees of permanency in writing.
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.
The ND YAG laser has been proven to be the safest laser for
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 are the only clinic to 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 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 sessions. However, some clients do not need to return after 3 treatments. Hence we recommend that you pay per treatment, instead of paying for a course. 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 and you will be advised during your consultation. The ND YAG Laser uses a variable spot size from 3 to 10mm. 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 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 such as Roaccutane, 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.
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 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