How is the treatment carried out?
A layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed, and the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically, the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does treatment take?
A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes
DO’s & DONT’s
Do shave 24 hours prior to your treatment. Shaving the same day as treatment leaves the skin more irritated and prone to a reaction.
Do inform your laser therapist of any change of medication since your last visit.
Do make sure fake or natural tan is not present on the day of treatment
Do not bleach or use depilatory creams for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your 1st treatment and stop using for the duration of the laser course.
Do not wax, pluck or thread at least one month prior to your treatment and stop for the duration of your course.
N.B. Laser or IPL treatment cannot go ahead if you have a natural tan, false tan or gradual tan of any description on the treatment area on the day of treatment.
DO’s & DONT’s
Do Apply Aloe Vera gel to the treated area as it may be red or swollen. The redness can last from 2-3 hours to 2-3 days.
Do Wear a Physical Broad Spectrum UVA UVB SPF 30+ at all times.
Do not swim, or do any strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours after the treatment.
Do not have a hot shower or bath (tepid water only).
Do not use a sauna, jacuzzi, or steam rooms for 24–48 hours after treatment.
Do not use perfumed products.
Do not rub the area and avoid tight fitted clothing to avoid any further irritation.
Do not use sun beds or sunrooms or expose the area to direct sunlight at all during your treatment.