Maidstone Electrolysis and Laser Clinic

6 Romney Place,  Maidstone,  Kent,  ME15 6LE

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Maidstone Electrolysis & Laser Clinic

Does laser hair removal hurt?

According to hundreds of patients who have enjoyed the benefits of laser hair removal, the treatment is not as painful as waxing or electrolysis. Most patients report a tingling sensation during the treatment and tolerate the procedure very well.

Does the treatment work on all hair types?

As the laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair the darker the hair the better the result, it is usually less effective on red hair and not effective on grey or white hair. But grey and white hair can be permanently removed using electrolysis.

Is Laser (IPL) Hair Removal treatment safe?

In the wrong hands, as with all things, Lasers could be potentially dangerous. However we make sure that we are fully aware of the patients requirements in the assessment and  treat the area accordingly. The operators are trained and checked by the Healthcare Commission who regulate the users of IPL machines. We do not advise treatment if you have been sunbathing. It is important to fill out the assessment forms honestly. We take before and after photographs in order to record the success of treatment and as a record for the client.

How many treatments are necessary?

Unfortunately there is no single permanent hair removal treatment currently available. We generally recommend a course of 6 to 8 treatments, four to six weeks apart. This is because each hair goes through a growth cycle ANAGEN (where the hair grows in length), CATAGEN (a resting phase) and TELOGEN (a shedding phase where the hair falls out). Laser treatment is most effective during the Anagen phase, where the hair is attached to the root. As only a fraction of the hairs in a given region are in this active phase at any one time, sessions need to be repeated to capture hairs entering the Anagen phase. During your initial consultation, we will complete a thorough assessment, discuss desired outcomes and recommend a treatment plan, tailored to meet your individual requirements.

Is the treatment Permanent?

The treatment achieves long term permanent and stable hair removal. On average 85-95% hair reduction is achieved. With each successive treatment you will notice a difference in the number and density of hair re-growth. Once the initial treatment period is complete, you may find a few hairs re-grow over a period of time. Top-up treatments may be required (typically once or twice a year).

How long must the hair be before I can come in for a test patch?

The hair in the treated area must be in the hair follicle and showing above the surface of the skin. Any excess length will be shaved or trimmed.

Can I still remove hair between treatments?

You may shave or trim hair between treatments or use a depilatory cream. However, you shouldn't pluck, wax or in any way remove the hairs from the follicles.

Can all areas be treated?

Virtually all areas of the body can be treated. We will discuss this with you during your initial consultation. However, we do not treat hairy moles. Laser treatment cannot be done too near to the eyes.

What does it feel like?

Most people tolerate the treatment very well, describing the feeling as a mild sting for a fraction of a second. However, you should bear in mind that pain thresholds vary throughout the body and that some people are more sensitive to pain than others. The laser features a cooling device, which helps to relieve any discomfort during treatment. If required, topical anaesthetic cream may be used to reduce the stinging sensation.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment times vary. While some areas can be treated in only a few minutes, areas such as the back or lower legs require around an hour. As a guide, the underarms take around 15 minutes while the bikini line takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

Will I experience any side effects following treatment?

You may experience a slight sunburnt feeling and some inflammation of the treated area for a couple of hours after treatment. Applying ice packs or Witch Hazel gel to the treated area will help relieve this. Any redness normally resolves by the next day and can be covered with a little make up. There is a very minor risk of pigmentation change, where the skin tone appears lighter or darker. This is transient pigmentation change and normally takes 2 or 3 months to return to normal. In extremely rare cases (0.01%) blistering and scarring may occur.

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