What can I expect with the procedure?
Laser hair removal gives a prickly or a light rubber-band snapping sensation. Usually, a topical anesthetic cream is applied 30 to 45 minutes before treatment. No special precautions are needed after the treatment. Some of the treated hairs would be burned off immediately although most of the treated hair will not fall out until 2 weeks later. Mild redness and swelling after the treatment is expected. These reactions subside within few hours to 1 – 2 days.
How long does each treatment take?
An upper lip and chin can be done in 5 minutes. Underarms or bikini lines usually take 10-15 minutes. Legs and back take longer.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects are few and rarely permanent. Skin lightening (hypopigmentation) is rare, but darkening (hyperpigmentation) may occur, especially in patients with darker skin tones. These skin colour changes will fade with time.
Is the hair removal permanent?
Permanent reduction in hair growth is achieved in 70 – 80% of individuals treated, and the best results are achieved after multiple treatments. You may have a few hairs re-grow over a period of time so touch-up treatment may be needed for removal from time to time.
How many treatments do I need?
Hair goes through different growth phases and lasers work most effectively against hairs that are in the active growth phase. Initially, it is recommended that you undergo a series of four to eight treatments at four to eight-week intervals depending on the area treated.
The ClearScan Long Pulsed Nd:Yag laser is also useful for eliminating the appearance of redness and fine vessels on the skin and also helps with non-invasive rejuvenation of the face.