When deciding if laser treatment is right for you, there are a number of factors to consider. We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions below, but if there’s something you’re still not sure about please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.
General Laser Information
The main advantages of using Laser over IPL based technology are:
- Laser technology is simply much more effective, and achieves substantially better results that IPL. 90% of patients have permanent hair loss after 3-5 sessions.
- IPL is a cheaper, less effective technology for reducing body hair.
- Lasers are far more precise, and can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
- Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at a time.
- Laser hair removal can be used to treat larger body areas.
- Laser settings can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair colour.
- Lasers are safe for all skin colours, whereas IPL can cause burns on darker skin tones.
Lasers are not a one size fits all, and most equipment is highly specialised and calibrated for specific purposes. The main differences between the types of lasers have to do with wavelength. In other words, different laser wavelengths (colors of light) target different skin issues. Therefore, a variety of lasers are needed to treat a variety of skin concerns.
Since 1962 cosmetic lasers have been used for the treatment of scars, varicose veins, birthmarks, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, hair removal, and much more. There are thousands of clinical studies conducted on cosmetic lasers and their effective use in many skin concerns has been proven many times over.
Laser treatments are developed through sound scientific principles to produce specific results while minimizing unwanted side effects. In hair removal treatments, for example, the energy from the laser is tuned to heat up and thereby deactivate hair follicles, thus preventing them from further activity. Provided a laser treatment is given within the specified guidelines and with the proper diagnosis of a trained expert, the results and side effects are almost always predictable and controllable.
Lasers do not cause the skin to become weak and thin, in fact the controlled heating and wound action of a laser treatment actually induces the natural skin reaction of collagen and elastin formation to replace the damaged skin. Even repeated usage of lasers will not cause the skin to be damaged or weakened, provided your laser provider has a thorough understanding of the limitations of the equipment he or she is applying to your skin.
After graduating from college, each of our practitioners completed their 'Core of Knowledge' training in laser operation. In addition they have undergone extensive training provided by the laser manufacturer, Cynosure
. Training is regularly refreshed and additional support is provided by GCG Healthcare
. All laser operators are regulated by the RQIA
with annual audit reports being publicly available to view.
Laser Hair Removal
During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth.
If your hair is dark, then the answer is yes! Unfortunately laser hair removal is not effective on red, blonde, grey or white hair.
Whilst undergoing a course of laser hair removal it is not advisable to wax, pluck, thread, sugar or bleach your hair. The only other method of hair removal permitted is shaving. This is because the laser works by targeting hair follicles when they are in the anagen phase and other methods of hair revomal will disrupt your hair growth cycle.
The sensation of laser flashing over skin has been described as 'a hot flick'. You may feel a little discomfort but the treatment is not painful. Skin will become hot and red during treatment but this is combated by blowing cold air over the area as treatment takes place. Any slight pain will be very short lived and not be an issue once treatment has finished.
Everyone's skin and hair responds differently to treatment, but as a general rule we advise starting with 6 sessions spaced 6 weeks apart. After this time is it wise to review the results and assess if further treatment is required.
Studies by Cynosure suggest that hair can be permanently reduced by an average of 79% after just 3 treatments.
Cynosure’s light-based cosmetic systems are extremely versatile and treat a wide variety of issues. The company holds 37 patents for their solid-state, liquid and semiconductor laser technologies.
The Cynosure Elite houses 2 different lasers in one machine, making it extremely versatile. We are the only clinic in Ireland who are able to offer this advanced technology and can safely treat all skin types from 1-6:
Laser Vein Removal
Visible red veins on the face and body can safely be treated with laser. These are most commonly referred to as 'spider veins' or 'thread veins'.
The treatment works works by flashing light over the skin to heat the blood in the surface capillaries. Once the red veins have been covered they will flush red around the general area showing that the capillary walls have been damaged. Gradually over the next 2 – 6 weeks the capillary breaks down and the body’s lymphatic system will remove it.
Everyone's skin responds differently to treatment, and results should be monitored throughout a course. We recommend starting with a course of between 3 – 6 treatments depending on the size of area to be treated. These sessions are typically spaced 4 - 6 weeks apart.
We cannot treat varicose veins with laser. But we do offer Sclerotherapy treatment
for large unsightly veins on the leg areas.