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Laser Hair Removal in Belfast

Laser Hair Removal – in a flash

Imagine no more shaving, waxing or messy creams, and forget painful electrolysis – laser hair removal is the perfect solution.

Shaving, waxing, tweezing and hair removal creams have been replaced by Laser hair removal in a flash! Using medical grade laser, short, safe bursts of laser light are emitted to remove unwanted hair from all body sites in minutes.

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How does laser treatment work?

The laser operator guides the light from the flash-lamp to the treatment area. Our unique laser system carefully filters this light in two ways to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelengths) is allowed to reach your skin.
Hair contains pigment (melanin) that absorbs the light and converts it into heat. The hair transmits this heat into the hair follicle, which is then destroyed and rendered unable to produce a new hair. To ensure optimal laser transmission to the hair, a thin layer of gel (similar to that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment. The operator then moves the hand-held laser applicator over the entire treatment area as the laser light continues to flash.

Can all hairs be treated?

As the treatment relies on absorption of  laser light into the hair pigment (melanin),all pigmented hairs are treatable,even dark blonde hairs. However white and gray hairs will not respond to treatment.At Laser Solutions our lasers have pre-programmed settings for different hair and skin colours to adjust the laser energy output to your needs for the most effective treatment results,allowing us to treat all skin types from light to dark skin equally effectively.

How long does an Laser treatment take?

The glass prism within the Laser applicator that guides the light to the skin is 10mm by 48mm, so a large number of hairs can be targeted in one flash of the laser light. Treatment of the  underarm area for example is just a few minutes long.

Does it hurt?

All in all our patients are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the treatment is.No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as a moderate heat and light ping or prickle over areas with particularly thick dark hair and just a mild heat sensation over lighter coloured medium to thin hairs.

Do I need to take special precautions before and after Laser treatment?

The Laser used is completely safe, visible laser light. Potentially harmful wavelengths are removed by the unique Dual Mode Filtering system.
It is important not to remove hair by plucking, tweezing, waxing or use of creams during the entire four weeks before treatment. This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair and thus can be destroyed by the light.
Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is also important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning cream) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more
light, which makes treatment less effective.
Generally, no post-treatment care is necessary. But people with very sensitive skin may benefit from using a soothing cream for a few days after treatment. It is also recommended to limit sun exposure and to use sunscreen (min. SPF 30) for a few weeks following treatment.

How many Laser treatments do I need?

Hair growth is cyclical, as hair follicles go through resting and growing phases. Only follicles in the growth phase contain hair and are destroyed by the heat. Resting hair follicles need to enter the growth phase before they can be effectively destroyed by the Laser treatment. That’s why it is necessary to repeat the treatment at intervals until all hair follicles have been through the growth phase. The length and timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body site, hair density, thickness, ethnic origin, hormonal status and age. Clinical studies have confirmed that at least 3-6 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 1-3 months.

How can I be sure Laser is safe and effective?

Clinical trials documenting laser safety and effectiveness have been carried out by leading doctors and scientists prior to the release of the product. The results of these tests are then published in respected, refereed medical journals. You are welcome to view these scientific papers on the Ellipse Laser website at www.ellipse.org. The settings used for your treatment will be based on the settings recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials.