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Pregnancy and Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. Candela GentleLASE is a trusted name in the therapeutic laser industry and has pioneered the development of some of the safest and most effective technologies and products available on the market today, Laser Hair removal is considered safe during pregnancy, Although at Cosmetic Beauty and Laser we advise women against receiving treatments, as some hair can be hormonal due to pregnancy and we advise against treatments for extra safety precautions. If clients would like to go forward with treatments during pregnancy, we advise you bring documentation from your doctor to advise you are ok to receive treatment.

Can safe Laser Hair removal save you money in the long run?

Yes due to the effectiveness of the Candela GentleLASE.

Assume you are having a Brazilian laser hair removal treatment and would like to compare the cost to a Brazilian waxing treatment.  The table below shows 12 treatments of Laser Hair removal Vs 240 Treatments of Brazilian waxing:

  • Laser hair removal:  Twelve sessions at $55: $660
  • Hair waxing: Twenty years, 12 times per year at $50/session: $12,000

 

Laser hair removal, not only achieves permanent hair reduction, leaves the area treated silky smooth and stubble free, without ingrown hairs and embarrassing times, but also saves you so much money and time.

 

Top Reasons to have Laser Hair Removal:

  • Laser Hair removal can help control skin conditions such as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, Folliculitis, Keratosis Pilari and Alopecia.
  • Helps build confidence by removing unwanted hair or pigmentation, enabling you to feel more comfortable going to places for example the beach, holidays and out with friends by permanently removing unwanted hair in those areas of concern.
  • Not having to worry about purchasing razors or getting waxed at the last minute.
  • Laser hair removal saves you money in the long run and is a fraction of the price of alternative hair removal treatments.
  • Laser hair removal will save you time and has a permanent result unlike other hair removal treatments on the market.
  • Helps heal ingrown hairs and prevents them from reoccurring.

After Laser Hair removal

  • Avoid sun exposure after the treatment
  • Keep the treated area out of the sun for 2 weeks before and after each Laser Treatments.
  • Your hair can take up to 7-14 days to grow and drop out.
  • Do not wax or pluck the hairs in between treatments.
  • You can shave, trim, or use clippers between treatments.
  • Please do not exfoliate the area until 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid very hot showers for 48 hours after the laser hair removal treatment.
  • Your skin can become red and even bumpy up to 24 hours after the laser hair removal treatment, this is completely normal. It happens to about 20% of clients, we advise that you use Laser aid to reduce redness and discomfort.
  • Please ensure to remove all makeup prior to your treatment.

General Information

  • Laser hair removal treatments are not effective on Blonde, Red or Grey hair.
  • Laser Hair Removal is the best way to cure and prevent in-grown hairs.
  • Please ensure to remove all makeup prior to your treatment.
  • If you find that Laser Hair Removal treatments are uncomfortable to tolerate, our therapists recommend that you use EMLA Cream prior to your treatment, please apply 60 minutes before your treatments and cover with glad wrap, we will remove the cream prior to your Laser treatment.

    Sun exposure before the treatment

    You must not use the solarium, fake tans or have had sun exposure on the area being treated two weeks before having Laser hair removal. Please ensure you wear sunblock regardless of what you are doing during the day. Do not wax or pluck the hairs being treated for up to four weeks before treatments.

    Before and after your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

    Please shave the area 1-2days before having laser hair removal treatments. Shaving the area will ensure maximum results.

    Safety and Hygiene

    At Cosmetic Beauty and Laser we make sure that all distant gauges are cleaned after each treatment, to ensure the safest and most hygienic treatments for our clients.

    Some clients can encounter a skin condition called Folliculitis (from such treatments as waxing, plucking, tweezing, or close shaving) which is a skin condition where the hair follicles are inflamed. Results of this condition include, tender red spot, surface pimples, when using the Candela GentleLASE for Laser hair removal, this will aid in the healing process and destroy harmful bacteria in the hair follicle to avoid further outbreak.  It is also common practice for doctors to recommend laser treatments. Currently it is the safest and most effective medical treatment for ingrown hairs. We advise our clients to never pick at ingrown hairs as you will cause more infection and that could cause more serious medical problems.

    Laser hair removal destroys the hair at the root, after your course of treatments, which will depend on your skin and hair colour (We generally advise anywhere from 6-12 treatments), your skin will be left with eliminated hair growth in the areas treated, no scarring or ingrown, It seems like a long process, but it is worth the end result.

    Laser Hair removal PROS AND CONS:

    There are pros and cons to Laser Hair Removal. Some of the PROS include long term or permanent hair reduction (depending on the area being treated). When the hair does grow back in between treatments, it will grow lighter and finer. Some of the disadvantages to Laser hair removal are that it is not suitable for everyone for example clients with Blonde, Grey or Ginger hair. Clients with darker skin may need extra treatments to get a satisfactory result, Also some darker skin clients can experience pigmentation if they are not treated correctly or do not follow before and after care properly. It is best to research the types of machines used and make sure they are medical grade, so that you prevent any long lasting discoloration. Complimentary consultations at Cosmetic Beauty and Laser are provided to make sure you are the right candidate for Laser hair removal.

    What to Expect

    You can expect to be greeted warmly and made comfortable. All treatments are performed in our air conditioned treatment rooms, allowing you to privately prepare yourself for your treatment. Personal care items are provided for your comfort. We understand the need for your discretion. All our therapists are female and have experienced Laser Hair Removal treatments and are very sensitive to your individual needs. You and your Laser Hair Removal therapist will wear safety glasses to protect your eyes during your visit with us.

    Our trained, qualified, and professional therapists will always create and maintain a friendly, professional and safe environment. Your therapist will use a small hand piece that touches your skin to deliver the pulse. You may feel a light spray of coolant on your skin before each laser pulse.

    We advise you use Laser aid for 2-3 days after all treatments, we will apply the laser aid for you after your treatments in the clinic.

    Is Laser Hair Removal suitable for everyone?

    The ideal candidate for Laser Hair Removal is a person with light skin and dark hair. People with light skin and dark hair will receive the best results (up to 75 – 95% reduction after having a course of 6 to 12 treatments). People with dark skin and dark hair can still be treated, but may need more treatments. Clients with blonde, red and grey hairs cannot achieve significant hair removal reduction, as they do not have dark enough melanin in their hair.

    How many treatments will I require?

    Depending on the skin type, thickness of the hair and colour, also which part of the body is being treated will depend on how many treatments you will need, we recommend between 6-12 treatments every 4-8 weeks, although some people require more than others. We invite you to visit us for a complimentary consultation and we can discuss exactly what we recommend for you and how long each treatment will take.

    Every Laser Hair Removal treatment, like every person, is unique. Individual treatments will vary according to skin and hair colour, the lighter your skin and the darker your hair, the better the results achieved. Laser permanently removes hair in follicles during the Growth (Anagen) phase. At any time about 85% of our hair is in the growth stage and will be removed by Laser. During this stage the hair is most receptive to Laser as it is rich in protein, keratinized cells and melanin.

    The amount of time the hair follicle stays in the Anagen phase is determined by your genetic make-up. A hair’s Anagen phase may last for several years, with Anagen hairs representing about 85% of our hair. At the conclusion of the Anagen phase the follicle enters the Catagen or transition phase and then the Telogen or resting phase when the hair begins to shed while the follicle is stimulated to begin a new cycle. Hair is not susceptible to Laser Hair Removal treatment during the Transition and resting phases.

    The duration of these phases varies from person to person and is affected by our basic genetic (DNA) make-up, age, health and gender. Different hair colour and follicle shape also affects the timings of these phases. As hair follicles move back to the Growth phase they become susceptible to laser hair removal treatment and can then be removed permanently, this requires follow up visits. Maintenance visits are required to remove hair from new follicles that develop and start to grow hair. This is why we recommend 1 to 3 Maintenance visits each year.

    Laser Hair Removal treatment is more effective with thick dark hair than it is with thin light hair. If you have natural dark hair and dark skin you can still be benefit from laser treatment for hair removal, however additional treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results.

    How long does it take?

    The Candela GentleLASE has a pulse rate of 1.5 pulses a second. Depending on the area being treated, Typically small areas of the body take about 15 minutes, In your initial consultation we will go through how long each treatment will take, as well as assessing your skin, hair colour and advising you if laser is the best option for you, We will discuss your needs and expectations before commencing treatment. Every Client is unique and will vary in the amount of treatments they will need, we will tailor make a program which best suits you, to ensure you receive maximum results.

    What parts of my body can Laser be Used?

    The Candela GentleLASE devices can safely treat all areas of the body except the orbital rim (around the eyes). The Candela GentleLASE performs Laser hair removal treatments quickly and accurately and is long lasting with its medical grade quality. The GentleLASE also treats pigmentation (sun spots, age spots and freckles) on all parts of the body.

    What can be treated by the Candela GentleLASE Laser?

    Permanent Hair Reduction in all areas of the body except the orbital rim, Sun spots, Age spots and Freckles (Always making sure you have been checked by a doctor to make sure they are non-cancerous skin lesions).

    How the laser works to safely destroy the Hair Follicles?

    Lasers work by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the cells being targeted safely destroying the hair follicle, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Cosmetic Beauty and Laser has purchased directly from Candela and has been trained to safely test the machine and follow the relevant Codes of Practice and manufacturers guidelines, as well as being certified to use the Candela GentleLASE  safely and effectively to ensure the best results possible for our clients.

    Lasers that are used for Laser Hair Removal are absorbed by Melanin. The GentleLASE system, a revolutionary long-pulse high energy Alexandrite Laser emits a beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicles where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat. This destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected.  After a series of treatments, the follicles become sterile preventing the development of further hair growth in that follicle. Laser Hair Removal is a safe, effective and commonly used treatment, providing great results in the removal of unwanted hair in all areas of the body.

    Our qualified beauty therapists whom are certified with Candela GentleLASE invite you to contact us to arrange a FREE consultation, where we will assess the areas of concern and advise you on how many treatments you will need and the time between treatments to achieve the best result possible.  Our FDA approved Candela GentleLASE equipped has a Dynamic Cooling Device; Cryogen is sprayed onto the skin, cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort. The Candela GentleLASE effectively treats the unwanted hair without causing any damage to the skin.

    Laser permanently removes hair in follicles during the growth (Anagen) phase.  At any time, about 85% of our hair is in the growth stage and will be removed by Laser.  During this stage, the hair is most receptive to Laser because it is rich in protein, keratinized cells and melanin. The amount of time the hair follicle stays in the Anagen phase is determined by our genetic make-up.

    A hair’s Anagen phase may last for several years, with Anagen hairs representing about 85% of our hair.  At the conclusion of the Anagen phase, the follicle enters the Catagen or transition phase and then the Telogen or resting phase when the hair begins to shed while the follicle is stimulated to begin a new cycle. Hair is not susceptible to Laser during the Transition and resting phases. The duration of these phases of hair growth varies from person to person and is affected by our basic genetic (DNA) make-up, age, health and gender.  Different hair colour and follicle shape also affects the timings of these phases.

    As hair follicles move back to the growth phase they become susceptible to laser treatment and can then be removed permanently, hence the need for follow up visits to treat the follicles that were not in the growth (Anagen) phase during earlier visits.  Maintenance visits are also required to remove hair from new follicles that start to grow hair.  This is why we recommend 1 to 3 Maintenance visits each year.

    Laser Hair Removal treatment is more effective with thick dark hair than it is with thin light hair. If you have naturally dark hair and dark skin you can still benefit from laser treatment for hair removal, however additional treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results. Laser treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures.  CANDELA GentleLASE, the most trusted name in the industry, has pioneered the development of some of the safest and most effective laser technologies and products available on the market today.

    Which is the best Laser for Hair Removal and Safety?

    At Cosmetic Beauty and Laser WE DO NOT USE IPL or SPL. We operate the CANDELA GentleLASE machine, which is the most trusted name in the industry. The GentleLASE 755 nm Alexandrite Laser is recognised as the premier hair removal laser, treating quickly, comfortably and effectively, the CANDELA GentleLASE also incorporates a Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD™) to maximize client safety and comfort.

    What type of laser machine do we use?

    Laser Hair Removal procedures are performed by the world’s leading technology, Candela GentleLASE (Alexandrite Laser 755nm). CANDELA GentleLASE is a genuine, FDA approved, MEDICAL GRADE LASER, NOT IPL (Intense Pulse Light machine).

    Laser Hair Removal is the alternative to treatments such as electrolysis, shaving, waxing and depilatory creams and in the long run will save you money. Laser hair removal is the most effective, safest and quickest method to remove your unwanted hair.