Is the treatment safe?

Yes. Lasers have been used in medicine for over 30 years . Lumenis, the manufacturers of our laser, is the largest manufacturer of lasers in the world. Our laser is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is recognized as industry "Gold standard" 805nm diode laser

Can all skin types and hair colours be treated?

Yes. The LightSheer Desire is suitable for all skin types, hair types and most hair colours. It can even treat lighter hair with little pigment. We have found that red hair will respond to treatment on occasions but white and grey hairs do not respond and therefore we would not recommend laser hair removal in these instances. Clients with darker skin types can be treated safely and successfully with the LightSheer Desire.

Can all parts of the body be treated?

Yes, all areas can be treated with the exception of eyebrows, although the centre brow can be treated. One of the major benefits of the LightSheer Desire is the spot size on the hand piece, which at 22mm x 35mm makes treatment time 75% faster than traditional lasers.

Is laser hair reduction permanent?

Yes it is. Actively growing hair follicles can be permanently destroyed, so provided the recommended course is completed we can say that the end result is permanent hair reduction. However, as with all depilation methods currently available, issues that will negate the success of the treatment include hormonal problems, medical issues and certain medication. Your therapist will explain what results you can expect at the consultation.

How many treatments are required?

As with any depilation method, it is not possible to be specific, but a number of treatments must be expected. The exact number will vary depending on where the hair is, what has been done to the hair in the past and, of course on the precise response of the individual. Hormonal circumstances will also have a significant bearing on how the treatment progresses. Typical treatment protocol may be suggested which consist of six to ten treatments spaced four to eight weeks apart. This may vary as to individual skin type and treatment response.

What does the treatment feel like?

You may experience a small but manageable sensation that we describe as a “pinch” or a “zap” when we pulse the laser.The laser technician uses the dramatically increased spot size of 22mm x 35mm combined with innovative vacuum-assist technology offered by the Lumenis Desire. This means it is pain free and fast.

The most common after effect is redness and mild irritation of the skin that can last for a day or so. Slight blistering or crusting can occur but this is rare and usually clears in a few days. Slight swelling can occur immediately after treatment, especially on the face, but it usually subsides within a few hours, but on the rare occasion may continue for several days.
Skin may also become fragile at the treatment site; if this happens avoid make-up or rubbing the skin in the area for approx 24hrs. You will be given an aftercare sheet to follow.
With certain skin types changes in skin colour (either darker or lighter) can occur. This would normally settle with time although complete return to normal pigmentation cannot be guaranteed.
Because each person’s skin responds differently we always carry out a pre treatment consultation and patch test, which is free of charge.

Should anyone avoid this treatment?

The treatment should be avoided by anyone who is hypersensitive to light or has an outbreak of Herpes Simplex (cold sores) or vitiligo (natural loss of skin pigment). If you have the rare disorder Epidermolysis Bullossa you should avoid laser treatment. Clients with very dark skin are at greater risk of pigment changes and will be advised about the risks of treatment at the consultation. It is better to delay the treatment if you are pregnant and to advise the therapist if you are taking oral steroids.