Laser Hair Removal
Did you know that the average woman spends over two months of her life shaving unwanted body hair? And that a man can spend up to six months shaving to maintain a smooth, hairless face?
Battling unwanted body hair can be incredibly damaging to our self-esteem, and it can cause us to rely on certain methods such as waxing, shaving or plucking. Whilst these provide temporary results, it’s something that requires regular commitment and can be costly in the long run. If you want to manage unwanted body hair once and for all, our laser hair removal in Reading offers a permanent solution.
At Reading Cosmetic Clinic we offer Cynosure laser therapy in Reading to those that want to remove unwanted body hair.
The Cynosure Elite laser is the most comprehensive laser system available and it can be used for permanent hair removal. Unlike IPL’s wavelengths that only reach 2mm under the skin, the Cynosure Elite laser reaches over 4mm into the epidermis, which effectively destroys the hair follicles.
By using variable pulse duration, the Cynosure Elite laser is able to leave all surrounding skin untouched and is suitable for all skin types 1 to 6. The Alexandrite laser is the gold standard for laser hair removal on skin types I-III, and the high powered 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser is the gold standard for skin types IV-VI.
The fantastic Cynosure Elite laser is a class 4 medical grade laser that is approved by the FDA and used worldwide. It provides unsurpassed safety, optimal results and has been proven safe and effective in various clinical studies over the years.
It also uses Smart Cool technology that helps to cool the skin before, during and after the laser treatment, which helps to comfort and minimize side effects.
The Hair Removal Procedure
The treatment area should be clean-shaven prior to the procedure
The provider will guide the laser hand piece over the area being treated
The hand piece will emit beams of laser energy, which is absorbed by the hair follicles and converted to heat
This heat disables the hair follicle from future growth
Since our hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments are necessary for desired results. The hair grow cycles are:
Active phase of hair growth.
Lasts for several months.
Best phase for Laser Hair Removal.
During this brief phase, the hair bulb regresses and begins to shrink.
Resting phase of hair growth.
Lasts a few months then hair is released.
Anagen phase begins again.
BEFORE & AFTER
Watch the video below to learn more about Laser hair removal
What areas can be treated?
Hair from the face, back, chest, arms, underarms, bikini lines and legs can be treated.
What type of result can I expect?
Expect to see a gradual decrease in the hair thickness and in the amount of hair present.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatments times depend on the size of the area but typically take less than 30 minutes.
What will laser hair removal feel like?
Most people feel only a slight momentary “snap” at the treatment site during the procedure followed by a slight heating of the skin. This typically goes away after the treatment but cooling methods can be used immediately after treatment to help with this sensation.
When can I resume my daily activities?
Typically, there is no downtime and you can return to your daily activities immediately following the procedure.
How many treatments will I need?
Since our hair grows in cycles multiple treatments are often recommended for desired results. Other factors that influence this include hair colour, texture and area being treated.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Different lasers can effectively treat different skin types. Our laser can be used on a wide range of skin types from very light to very dark skin. During your consultation we will determine the best course of treatment for you based on a variety of factors such as hair colour and hair type.
Can I shave in between laser hair removal sessions?
Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. You may shave the area the day before the treatment or the day of the treatment before coming in for your session. But you should not wax or pluck the hair during the course of your laser sessions.
How far apart are treatment sessions?
It depends on which area is being treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Back, chest, and legs are approximately 8-10 weeks apart. During your consultation your treatment course will be discussed.
Are there any side effects?
You may experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.
During your free consultation, we will discuss in detail a treatment plan so that we can address your concerns.
To learn more about our laser hair removal in Reading, see our before and after pictures. We also have a useful video that shows how the Cynosure Elite laser works.