hair removal (AFT)

Removal of unwanted hair is a daily challenge for some men and women. Traditional methods of shaving, tweezing, waxing and electrolysis are only effective temporarily and have unwanted side effects such as skin irritation, in growing hairs and pain. In the case of electrolysis scarring is another possible side effect. The alternative to this is Advanced Fluorescent Technology (AFT) as this technology offers a gentle, non-invasive solution to permanent removal of unwanted hair. AFT is the first photo epilation technology clinically proven to treat unwanted hair safely in all skin types.

How it works
Highly controlled flashes of light energy are selectively absorbed by hair-filled follicles. The melanin absorbs the light, heats the hair shaft damaging hair regrowth but not the surrounding skin.

How IPL hair removal works

a) The melanin in the hair absorbs the light
b) The hair shaft is heated, damaging the cells in the hair follicle
c) The hair falls out and cannot re-grow from the same follicle.

How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments a particular patient requires will vary due to a variety of factors including hair density, colour of skin and hair, and on location of hair on the body. Also important is which hairs are at their growing stage as hair removal is only successful on those hairs that are in their grow stage. At any given time your hairs will be at different stages of growth hence repeating an area at a subsequent visit to remove the residual hair is common. The growth cycle will be influenced by age, hormones and gender. The important thing to remember is the higher specification AFT equipment used generates improved results at each application and that greatly reduces the number of visits required. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic we operate high specification equipment that requires the use of skilled practitioners who optimise the settings for each patient and at each subsequent visit.

Are the treatments painful?
The treatment is not painful however there is a slight discomfort usually described by patients as a sting or a snap of a rubber band. No local anaesthetic is required as the treatment is tolerable. The treatments are so effective that patients can return immediately to work or their daily routine and hence there is no lost time.

How does Advanced Fluorescent Technology (AFT) work?
Advanced Fluorescent Technology systems release precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by melanin, the pigment in hair. This heats up the hair and destroys the cells responsible for hair growth, to achieve long term hair reduction.

How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. The area will also be
cooled to increase comfort during treatment. The light guide is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, targeting many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighboring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area moisturised.

What will I see after the treatment?
The hair follicles ore damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The hairs fallout after 1-3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to 'grow' as they are pushed out by the new epidermis. After treatment the hairs are loose in the follicle and can sometimes be easily pulled out with tweezers.

Before and after hair removal treatments

Am I suitable for treatment?
Yes, the ideal patient is fair skinned with dark hair, but there is much evidence to show that through carefully researched settings, results can be achieved for different hair and skin types. The darker the hair, the more easily it is treated, as darker hair contains more melanin it will heat up more easily. Fairer hair contains less melanin and is harder to treat. Grey/white hair has no melanin so cannot be effectively treated.

How does the treatment feel?
No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and
acceptable. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very short hot pin prick making it the preferred choice for hair removal.

Are there any side effects?
The skin can become quite red immediately after treatment, however most patients experience no side effects and any skin reaction usually disappears within a few hours.

How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair in the active growth stage of the growth cycle is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 2-8 weeks, depending on the site treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The number of treatments required varies, but typically 6 or more treatments are required for maximum results.

How long does each treatment take?
Treatments con take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on which area is being treated.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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