Laser Hair Removal
What is SHR Hair Removal?
SHR laser hair removal works by applying controlled energy pulses into the hair follicles under the skin. This pulse destroys the hair follicle without damaging the skin around it.
How do I prepare for SHR hair removal?
- Avoid tanning and using sunless tanners for at least a month to prepare for laser hair removal.
- Refrain from plucking , epilating or waxing your skin.
- Shave the area that will be treated, as instructed during the pre-treatment consultation.
How many treatments will I need?
An average of between 6 – 9 treatments is required to provide permanent hair reduction. In some cases this may be fewer but some clients may require additional treatments depending upon your hair density, colour and skin colour.
Why do I need 6 – 9 treatments?
Hair growth occurs in 4 stages: Early Anagen (early hair growth), Anagen (active hair growth) Catagen (regression) Telogen (resting, not growing) Laser hair removal only affects the Anagen stage, (actively growing hair). Therefore, approximately twenty-five-percent of hair is removed with each treatment. After 4 – 6 treatments, the area should be free from hair however, please note that, like all hair removal methods, it is not unusual to require a touch-up treatment from 6 months to 2 years (or even longer) after completing laser hair removal treatments.
Does it work and when will I see results?
Immediately after treatment there will be little to see except for a little redness around the hair follicles in some cases however, during the following few weeks the hair will gradually work their way to the surface and will then simply fall out or can be wiped away.
Following your 1st treatment you will see anything from a 20% reduction in hair however this is generally considerably higher.
Over a course of 6 treatments an average of 80% reduction is achieved with the majority of clients.
What does the treatment feel like, Is it painful?
SHR is not without sensation. We are all different in our tolerances, you should inform your therapist if you have any discomfort or concerns at any time. Most clients feel a warm sensation and some a slight pricking sensation, this is perfectly normal, it is just a sensation felt when the hair roots reach target temperature.
Is SHR safe?
Yes. Lasers and IPL have now been widely used for over 20 years in the aesthetic industry. In fact, another benefit for the treatment is that minor heat injury within the skin is actually good for collagen, this is why there are so many infra-red treatments available for skin rejuvenation.
Precautions are taken to make sure we do not treat you if you have a particular medical condition that is a contraindication or if you are on a drug that can cause photo-sensitivity.
What happens during treatment?
Prior to your 1st treatment you will have a one to one consultation with your therapist to discuss your requirements and your suitability. You will also be required to fill out a medical questionnaire to ensure you have no contraindications to the treatment. A patch test will then be performed to ascertain the required setting for you as each person, and indeed each body area can vary greatly. Once the patch test is complete the therapist will discuss when you are able to commence with your 1st treatment.
During your patch test and treatment, a thin layer of chilled gel is applied to the area, this is to cool the skin giving a higher level of comfort and also to aid light absorption. The cooled handpiece is used to pulse over the treatment area, the handpiece is overlapped slightly each time to ensure thorough coverage. After the treatment the gel is removed.
Eye protection must be worn during treatment. Filtered glasses will be provided or Eye mask.
Can anyone have SHR?
SHR gives fantastic results on both men and women, particularly on darker hair and pale skin and due to the way the SHR responds with the skin and hair structure it is now possible to treat virtually any skin types colour including tanned skin which was previously impossible.
Shr is less effective in the treatment of white and red hair due to the different melanin within the hair however, in some cases good results are still achieved.
You can not be treated if you are pregnant or are on any medication that causes photo-sensitization.
Is there before / after care?
As the SHR targets the hair root please close shave the area on the day or day before treatment
Ensure skin is clean and free from any products
Avoid any perfumed products and heat for at least 24 hours after treatment. Applying Aloe Vera gel will soothe the skin in the case of any skin sensitivity following your treatment.
Do not wax, pluck or use hair removing cream during your course, the SHR targets the root of the hair so it is essential not to remove the hair to ensure the very best results from your course. It is okay to shave or trim the hair between treatments, your therapist will advise you further.