Hair removal 

Unwanted face and body hair can be either just an annoying nuisance or extremely distressing for some ladies! For many women hair removal is a never ending, time consuming and laborious process, but it needn’t be so!

Here at Imani Skin clinic we offer the most advanced technology developed by the laser industry for permanent hair reduction. MPL® (Multi Pulsed Light) combined with Radio frequency enables us to treat the widest range of skin types with less discomfort and with excellent long term results. It is safer than single beam laser; and more effective and suitable for a broader spectrum of individuals than traditional IPL. The treatment is non-invasive, so there is no recovery period needed after treatment. Normal activities may resume immediately after the hair removal treatment.

 

How does the hair removal treatment work?

 

The MPL® energy is directed onto the skin through optical gel which is applied before treatment. The light energy is drawn to the melanin (the colour) within the hair shaft; then the radio frequency energy follows the light, down to the base of the shaft, to deliver extra heat and destroy the hair, preventing the hair from returning.

The hair has to be in the ‘Anagen’ stage (growing stage) of its life cycle so that the MPL® and radio frequency energy sources can cauterise the connection between the hair bulb and the dermal papilla, thus stopping all fresh blood supply to the bulb, preventing any new hairs growing.

As there are only a proportion of hairs in the growing stage at any point in time (and the growth cycles are of different lengths on varying parts of the body), a course of treatments is necessary to effectively achieve a permanent removal.

Who can have treatment?

Suitability is best when your hair is darker than your skin but in some cases we can also treat hair that is not as dark as the skin, provided there is some colour in the hair. We can advise on this during the consultation and patch test. The technology we use enables us to treat darker skin types than can’t be treated with IPL alone, due to the combined technology of MPL® and radio frequency.

MPL® technology provides more effective treatments which are safer and suitable for a wide range of skin and hair types. However, Blonde, white and grey hair cannot be treated but small areas can be treated using electrolysis instead.

 

 

What areas are suitable for hair removal?

Any area of the face or body can be treated where there is unwanted hair. However, thin, membranous skin areas such as the inner nasal and inner labia areas cannot be treated.

 

How does the treatment feel?

The sensation has frequently been described as being like an elastic band flicking against the skin (although most of our clients think it is more comfortable than that). It depends on the sensitivity of the area being treated and the coarseness and density of the hair. Due to the SkinFirst advanced technology the treatment is more comfortable than IPL only technology, and significantly more comfortable than traditional Laser hair removal. Our machine also has an inbuilt semi-conductor cooling system which provides additional comfort and protection for the skin.

 

How many treatments will I need?

On average we recommend between six and eight treatments, however some people may need more than this. This can be due to chemical/hormonal imbalances in the body e.g PCOS, menopause, hereditary factors, previous hair removal methods or some hairs being in remission when the area was treated etc. This can all be discussed and explained at your free consultation. Thereafter occasional maintenance treatments are recommended.

 

How long do I have to wait in between treatments?

This depends on the area being treated and each client’s personal circumstances, which will be discussed in the consultation.  Normally we recommend between 4-6 weeks between treatments.

 

What do I need to do in between treatments?

In between treatments you should refrain from plucking, waxing or threading the hairs in the area to be treated. You can shave the area or use depilatory creams to remove the hair in between treatments.

You must not use sunbeds or gain an ‘active’ tan throughout the course of treatments. You can only be treated 4 weeks before your sun based holiday and 4 weeks after or until the tan has subsided.

You should wear SPF 30+ with UVA and UVB every day during the course of treatments. Avoid using fake tan on the area 10 days prior to treatments; although you can use it 24 hours after the treatment.

You will be given a indexcare leaflet at your consultation or after your first treatment, or patch test, to explain what you can and can’t do, other than the main points above. Our consultation and patch tests are free of charge and without obligation. If you would like to arrange one please contact us.

 

What will happen after the treatment?

After the treatment you will have localised redness in the area treated, and the hair follicles may be raised, although these will subside within a few hours of treatment. The hairs will fall out during the next 2 weeks. After this time any regrowth of hair will relate to the hairs which were in the resting or transitional stage.

 

 

 

 

 

Why is our system safer when treating dark skin?

Due to the inclusion of radio frequency, which is a non optical heat energy that is delivered simultaneously to the MPL®, but heating from within rather than through the epidermis (skin surface), the light energy (which travels down through the skin) can be kept lower than with traditional IPL and Laser without compromising the results. This not only enables us to provide a more comfortable treatment to all skin types, but also allows us to treat darker skins than IPL. This is because darker skins have higher levels of melanin. Melanin gives the skin its colour; and it also gives hair its colour. Clearly we want to target the melanin in the hair whilst avoiding that in the skin. This is done by keeping the light energy which passes through the epidermis at a safe enough level to fully protect the skin, whilst providing enough energy to successfully remove the hair. As we are treating the hair with heat based radio frequency too, which doesn’t target melanin, the dual energies (light from the MPL® and internal heat from the radio frequency), can, easily and comfortably, remove hair for Asian and other dark skin types, along with Caucasian and lighter skins (types 1 to 5 on the Fitzpatrick scale). IPL without radio frequency would not be able to achieve this on skin types 5, without a risk of causing pigmentary damage, other than by compromising treatment results.

The only hair colour that cannot be treated using this advanced MPL® technology (as with any IPL or Laser based technology) is white or very pale, including light grey. For this we use electrolysis (please refer to Electrolysis page).

 

How much does it cost?

Prices start from £35 per session depending on the size and location of the area and how many treatments you may require. Each individual is different and a number of factors have to be taken into account for effectiveness, which will all be discussed at the consultation.

 

For further information & to book your free consultation now and patch test

Ring 07305585588 or email info@imaniskinclinic.com.