Laser hair removal is currently the most effective technique for the permanent reduction of black hair and, so far, gives very satisfactory results. We work with two kinds of laser. The first is the long-pulsed Alexandrite laser for permanent removal of unwanted hair for fair skins and the second is the long-pulsed Nd:Yag laser for hair removal on darker skins.
The doctor will advise you on the most suitable machine for your treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed depends on which machine is used, the phototype, hormonal considerations and the zone to be treated.
Certain hormones have a ‘masculine impact’ that stimulate hair growth. Most women with hirsutism have normal levels of androgen hormones. An excess of androgen hormones in the blood requires a more thorough check-up by an endocrinologist and a gynaecologist. The higher the androgen hormone stimulation, the higher the number of sessions. Therefore, laser hair removal gives better results in women than in men.
As a general rule, we can say that in case of fair skin with black hair and a normal hormonal situation, you will obtain permanent destruction of 60 to 80% of the hair on the legs and bikini line after 4 to 6 sessions, the back and armpits after 6 to 8 sessions, the chin and cheeks after 8 to 10 sessions and the upper lip after 10 to 15 sessions.
How does the session take place?
During the session and for the test there must be short (1 mm to 3 mm), black hair. If hair is too long, you can shave or cut it the day before your treatment. Laser hair removal is not effective on blond hair. Skin should not be tanned at all for either the test or the treatment.
For a facial treatment, you should come with all make-up removed, no lipstick, no foundation or tinted powder or cream. In the case of lip treatment, please inform the doctor if you have a tattooed lip contour.
During the session, the entire area will be treated. You will feel a tingling sensation. Immediately after treatment, skin will be red and may present small papule concentrated around the hair. The redness as well as the papule will subside over the following hours, very exceptionally after one or two days. The hair will fall out over the following days.
Prior consultation with a dermatologist is compulsory. Together, you and your doctor will assess which treatment is best suited to your needs and what the possible side effects might be. Based on this discussion, the doctor will also provide a quote. He will suggest a test on the zone you wish to treat. He will see you after the test to analyse it. If the test is good, treatment can begin.