How does it work?
The Polaris Laser emits an intense beam of light which passes safely through the upper skin layers to the underlying strata. Hair follicles are then eliminated by a process known as selective photothermolysis, which targets the hair without harming the skin. The light targets the pigment in the hair destroying the folicle and eliminating unwanted hair. Laser is safe and effective on all skin types and all body areas when performed by expert technicians.
How does it feel?
The Nd:YAG laser is passed over the hairs and you may experience a slight discomfort but at the same time a a stream of cool air is directed at the skin which confuses the sensory nerves and makes it fairly painless. It is generally accepted however, that laser hair removal is more comfortable than waxing or electrolysis and has a far superior recovery rate. Our laser has a 10mm head which means that several hairs can be targeted at one time therefore a quicker treatment time.
How many treatments of laser hair removal will I need?
The number of treatments of laser hair removal required depends upon the colour and thickness of hair in relation to the colour of skin. Dark thick hair on pale skin will have the quickest clearance. Most people need anything in the region of 6–12 treatments to clear the hair, at intervals of 4–6 weeks. Hair cycle lengths vary with each individual and changes to health, medication and hormones can all affect the growth pattern.
Our laser has a 10mm head which means that several hairs can be targeted at one time therefore a quicker treatment time.
What to do before and after a laser treatment?
We recommend that you do not wax, epilate or remove hair from the root for at least 10 days prior to your treatment. The hair needs to be in place in order to be targeted by the laser since it is the pigment in the hair that absorbs the laser energy. The area to be treated should be shaved the day before the treatment so that the energy is targeted towards the hair follicle and not wasted on the hair above the skin’s surface.
The skin should be sun free (includes fake tans) for approximately 14 days pre and post laser treatment as the melanin within the skin is heightened and this can potentially result in pigmentation issues. In rare cases hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation and blistering can occur and your practitioner will give advice should these occur.
After the treatment, there is a possibility of some redness and swelling, but this should subside within a couple of hours. We apply pure aloe vera gel to help soothe the skin. During the shedding phase, hair may look like it’s growing, but it will actually be shedding. Exfoliating and/or scrubbing gently in the shower with a loofa can help speed up the shedding process. You may also see small black dots remaining in the hair follicles after one or two weeks, referred to as ‘pepperspots’, which eventually shed on their own. Again exfoliating may help speed up the process.
Is the process safe?
This process is completely harmless and totally safe when administered by a trained operator. All our practitioners have successfully completed the accredited Polaris training course.
Will I need a consultation?
We do recommend that you come for a complimentary consultation so that we can discuss in more detail your skin, hair growth cycle, expected outcomes, number of treatments required, prices and answer any questions you may have.