Unwanted hair can be an embarrassing situation for many men and women. Hair removal creams, wax, razors and shavers are tried and tested temporary solutions. Now, Long-term hair removal can be achieved with IPL or laser treatments to destroy hair follicles and prevent hair regrowth. In other words, hair is permanently destroyed at its roots. How do I get rid of unwanted hair permanently? Hair may be removed permanently by IPL or Laser treatments. How does the Laser treatment remove hair permanently? Hair contains the pigment-melanin which absorbs the energy given out by the laser. This energy is converted to heat energy which will destroy or damage the hair follicle. If the hair follicle is destroyed, the hair will not grow again. If the hair follicle is damaged, the hair will grow at a slower pace and the resulting hair will also be thinner, resulting in skin that has sparse, fine hair. What is the difference between laser and IPL hair removal? The Chelsea Clinic uses the Hyperion long pulse Nd-YAG laser. The laser emits at 1064nm wavelength, which is a safe wavelength for treating any skin colour. Laser is suitable for all skin colours while IPL hair removal cannot be used on dark skin tones. Vein Removal Laser Removal of small spider veins/ Small leg veins less than 3mm in diameter and fine spider veins on the face are easily removed by the Mydon Long Pulse Laser. This laser has a built in cooling tip for less discomfort during treatment. Numbing cream is first applied to the area that is treated for about 30 minutes. The laser is then used to treat the veins. You will be able to see the veins blanch. Most patients do not feel anything during the treatment while some patients do report feeling some warmth. For larger areas, more than one treatment may be needed for good clearance. Treatments are spaced a month apart. Is treatment painful? The Hyperion laser is stable and has a flat top beam profile which results in even distribution of laser energy – minimising the risk and discomfort during treatment. Treatments are generally very comfortable and most people do not need any numbing cream except for the bikini line or if a “Brazilian” is done. How many treatments/sessions will I require? 4 – 6 sessions may be needed over an interval of 4 – 6 weeks for optimal results. Results depend on the areas treated and each individual’s response to the treatment. Where are the areas suitable for IPL and Laser hair removal? Upper lip Armpits Legs Bikini line Brazilian As hair grows in cycles, a few treatments are needed for most of the hair follicles to be destroyed permanently. The number of treatments also depends on a few factors: the area treated, the texture of the hair and the colour of the hair and skin. What are the areas that can be treated? Virtually any part of the body can be treated. The common requests that we get are underarm, upper lip, legs, bikini line and “Brazilian”. Are treatments costly? Treatments work out to be cost effective in the long run as the hair is gone permanently. Once you are satisfied with the result, treatment is stopped and the hair will not regrow. On the other hand, waxing has to be repeated regularly. Although repeated treatments make the hair seem finer, all the hair follicles are still intact which means all the hair will regrow once treatment is stopped. In other words you have to wax (or thread your face or shave or use depilatory creams) constantly as these are only temporary methods of hair-removal. Are there any precautions to take during hair removal treatment? It is advisable not to wax the area treated. During the course of treatment, shave if you wish to keep the area hair free, and shave the 1 to 2 days before the treatment. What results can I expect to see from Laser or IPL hair removal? For a start, you will notice that you do not have to shave as often as the hair growth is slowed down. You will also notice that the hair that grows out is finer and the hair becomes sparser. I have heard that new hair may grow after laser treatment has stopped. Why is this so if treatment is permanent? The reason that new hair appear is because hair grows in 3 stages. The hair that grow out later may have been in the dormant stage during the laser treatment. During that stage, there is no hair and no pigment so the laser is unable to affect the hair follicle. We recommend that once a good clearance of hair has been obtained, stop the treatment first and return in future for another treatment when new hair grows. Where is the Hyperion Laser located? This treatment is available at The Chelsea Clinic (Rochester). Call 6570 3913 for an appointment.