LASER HAIR REMOVAL

SOPRANO XL LASER HAIR REMOVAL

The Soprano laser hair removal device is a revolutionary 810nm diode laser offering Pain-free, Hair-free permanent hair removal for all skin types. No other device delivers high average power while utilising In-MotionTM technology and high repetition rate to create a new standard in virtually painless laser hair reduction. The gradual heating of the skin combined with simultaneous cooling from a Sapphire tip creates a comfortable treatment experience without any analgesics. It has been likened to a hot stone massage. It is clinically proven to be effective for all skin types, body parts including the face, and pigmented hair.

Each treatment session will take an av erage of 15 mins for an underarm area or longer for larger areas. The number of sessions required depends on the density of hair and ranges from 2 to 4 treatments or more. The recommended interval between treatments is 6 weeks. Prices range from £60 - £200 per session depending on the area.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Traditional methods for removing unwanted body hair include shaving, waxing, the application of depilatory cream and electrolysis. Depilation by laser is a relatively new technique. It helps not only those with normal hair growth, but also those with excessive hairiness of the body or face, a condition called hirsutism which causes considerable psychological distress.

Hirsutism affects approximately 10% of women between the ages of 18 and 35. In most cases there is no obvious cause but some patients may have a hormonal disturbance. Hirsutism may also be a feature of the menopause. Unwanted hair is a significant problem for transsexuals and transvestites, and many males with hair on their back dislike it intensely. Children with hairy moles of the face or lumbar spine area are often teased.

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HAIR BIOLOGY

The hair grows in cycles, alternating between a growing phase (anagen) and a quiescent phase (telogen); catagen is the period of transition between the two.

Cells half way up the hair follicle are thought to be responsible for hair growth. The depilation laser delivers a particular wavelengh of laser light which targets the pigment in the hair. This light penetrates up to a millimetre beneath the skin where it is absorbed by the pigment in the part of the hair root which is important for growth.

Hairs come in a variety of thicknesses and colours according to the pigment they contain. Black and Laser light penetrates through the skin and is preferentially absorbed by the hair.

The stem cells responsible for hair growth are thought to be located at the attachment of the erector pili muscle to the brown hairs contain most pigment and are easiest to treat. Grey or blonde hair has little pigment and is unlikely to respond to treatment.

TREATMENT

Treatment may bea little uncomfortable - it feels a little like an elastic band snapping against the skin - but some patients prefer to use local anaesthetic cream to numb the area first. Aloe vera gel may also be used during or after treatment for its cooling effect. Some lasers have a cooling system which reduces the discomfort of the treatment.

After treatment, the treated area may look red and feel warm and tender. This feeling goes after a couple of hours, but in a few patients, particularly those with dark skin, blistering and crusting of the skin sometimes occurs after laser treatment. Some hairs disappear at the treatment session; others, which initially look curled up or "frazzled" may take a few days to fall out.

TYPES OF LASERS

A variety of laser systems are now available. Ruby lasers, Alexandrite lasers, Nd-YAG lasers and white light machines can all be used to remove hair with varying degrees of success. The size of the area covered by each pulse of laser energy varies with the machine used.

RESULTS

Initial reports of laser hair removal were extremely promising, and some research went so far as to claim that it may be permanent, but this is generally not the case. A few patients do not respond to the laser treatment at all but many will have good results. Regrowth is not only less dense but also less coarse. In the ideal patient, with dark hair and pale skin, the hair usually disappears for two to three months and then slowly regrows. Repeat treatment is usually required several times a year.

SAFETY

When laser treatment is carried out it is essential that all those within the treatment room, you and the staff, should wear protective goggles or glasses. Entry to the room is strictly controlled whilst treatment is being given.

COMPLICATIONS & PROBLEMS

Laser light can damage the skins pigment and sometimes the treatment area may become unusually pale or dark several months after treatment. For this reason, it is always wise to carry out a small trial of treatment in an unobtrusive area before proceeding to extensive treatment. The test patch is examined six to eight weeks later for unwanted side effects and to carefully assess success before proceeding to further treatment. Special care is needed when treating patients with black or brown skin. The Nd-YAG laser may be most suitable for dark skins as it causes less skin damage. After treatment you should stay out of the sun as exposure of recently laser treated skin to strong sunshine may increase the risk of pigmentation problems.

THE FUTURE

At present many patients derive great benefit from laser hair removal, achieving hair free intervals of up to three months. Further research is likely to improve results in the future. Permanency, the gold standard of hair removal, seems to be some way off however.

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HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURE

Operation time

0.5 to 1 hr

Anaesthesia

none

Nights in hospital

outpatient

Risks - common

redness

Risks - uncommon

skin burn, hyperpigmentation

Pain and discomfort

minimal

Follow-up

1 week

Time off work

0

Sports

next day - everything

Result

permanent hair removal but may require several sessions

FEES

Small Area ( lip/chin/areola)

£60    course 6 sessions £300

Under Arms

£80    course 6 sessions £400

Lower Legs

£160   course 6 sessions £800

Full Legs

£300   course 6 sessions £1500

Forearms

£100   course 6 sessions £500

Full Arm

£160   course 6 sessions £800

Bikini Line

£80    course 6 sessions £400

High Bikini

£110   course 6 sessions £550

 Full Bikini

£150   course 6 sessions £750

 Shoulders

£100   course 6 sessions £500

 Full Back

£200   course 6 sessions £1000

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