Permanent Hair Reduction
PERMANENT HAIR REDUCTION
Laser hair removal treatment results in permanent reduction of unwanted hair on the face and body. Both men and women who regularly wax or shave will greatly benefit from this procedure.
Laser hair reduction works by thermally damaging hair follicles so they are no longer able to grow hair. A laser produces a single wavelength of light which is able to penetrate the skin. The laser light is absorbed into the hair shaft and rapidly heats and damages both the follicle and the vessel that provides the follicle with oxygen and nutrients.
At Face Factor, we use an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, on our M22 Lumenis machine, for permanent hair reduction which can safely and effectively treat clients with skin types 1 to 4. Laser hair removal is not effective on grey, white or very blonde hair.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED TO REMOVE THE HAIR?
To obtain a permanent hair reduction of 85% or greater, most people require between 4 - 10 treatments. This is because, at any given time, everyone has a mix of actively growing, transitioning and resting hairs. Only actively growing hairs can be destroyed during a treatment. Follicles belonging to transitional and resting hairs will be unaffected and continue to produce hair. Subsequent treatments are therefore scheduled to be performed when these transitioning or resting hairs will be active (usually 4-6 weeks apart for most body areas). It is very important to avoid any kind of tanning prior to and in-between treatments.
All areas of the face and body can be treated, except the underside of the eyebrow.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Step 1. The consultation. During your consultation, we will assess the areas you wish to have treated and any general concerns you have. At this time, we will discuss the number of treatments needed and the intervals between each session. We work within the strict guidelines set out by the Health Inspectorate of Wales. As such, you will be asked to fill in a form which will cover a number of questions about any medical conditions you may have, medications you are taking, whether you have an active tan etc. This is to assess your suitability for the treatment. There is no obligation to go through with the treatment following a consultation and we will never rush you into anything you are not 100% comfortable with.
Step 2. The patch test. Your safety is important to us. As such, a patch test is required on the treatment area prior to the procedure being carried out. This is to assess whether you have any reactions to the laser, although this is extremely rare. The patch test is carried out during the initial consultation and you will have to wait a minimum of 24 hours before being able to have the treatment.
Step 3. The treatment. The treatment time varies depending on the procedure. However, the average time of any treatment for hair removal varies from 15 mins to an hour and a half, depending on the area being treated.
Step 4. Aftercare. At the end of the treatment, we will explain how to look after the area and you will take home aftercare instructions. You will also be given a small sample of aftercare products to use as instructed, as this will be necessary to ensure your treatment area heals as quickly as possible.
You can find a full list of our pre-treatment instructions here
POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
You can find a full list of our post-treatment instructions here
RECOMMENDED SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
Our expert practitioners will recommend the best skincare regime to support the treatments you have. We stock a range of cosmeceutical products from Ekseption because they deliver state-of-the-art, at-home-skincare at a very reasonable price. Following hair removal we recommend Ice Cream Repair combined with the All Day Shield SPF 50.
Face, underarms, chest, legs, bikini line, arms, back of the neck, scalp, feet, hands.
*Results vary from person to person