May I introduce you to the Cynosure laser - hello and zap zap! I will be becoming friends with this machine over the next couple of months as SK:N clinic have given me a trial of their laser hair removal treatment.
I chose underarms as I am not a very hairy person but if I was shaving my underarms they would need to be done every 2 days, which frankly is a pain and such a faff every other morning when I could be having another 2 minutes kip.
I am attending the London Wall branch of the clinic and I had my consultation with Siobhan last week. A consultation is important to determine whether you have an optimum skin type for the treatment and so you can discuss any questions or queries and just generally get an idea of how the treatment works. They also do a patch test using the machine I am presuming to see that you don't have an adverse reaction, all of mine went fine though and I am booked in for my first proper session Thursday.
Things to remember when having laser hair removal are:
- no sunbeds or fake tan on the area being treated
- wear a high factor like SPF 50 if you are in the sun
- shave the area to be treated before the treatment
- do not wax or epilate the area being treated
How does it work?
To eliminate hair, the laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin to the hair follicle. This energy is then absorbed into the hair follicle to destroy it so that is unlikely to grow there again.
Am I a viable candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be applied to all areas of the body and on all types of skin (Cynosure works on even tanned or dark skin).
Does it hurt?
The laser treatment causes only minimal discomfort. Patients often say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. Slight redness or localized swelling can occasionally occur, but this usually subsides within the first 24 hours after treatment.
How many laser hair treatments are required?
Typically patients will see results in 4 - 6 treatments, though this number will vary based upon skin tone, hair color and several other factors. Your doctor or practitioner will talk to you about variables that may affect your individual results.
Sk:n clinics are all over the country and you can view their prices here https://www.sknclinics.co.uk/treatments-and-pricing/laser-hair-removal I would definitely say that I felt safe having a treatment done in this clinic as there were lots of forms, the surroundings were like a posh doctors office and everything was spotlessly clean. The staff knew what they were talking about and put you at ease immediately.
I will keep you updated how I get on with my treatments!