Frequently Asked Questions
How many treatments will I need ?
During your initial complimentary consultation, one of our skilled therapists will assess your skin and hair type and discuss the ideal treatment programme for you. Normally, 6-8 treatments are necessary.
Will the hair fall out straight away?
The laser kills hair at the root level, but it does not always fall out right away, in fact, treated hair can be slow to expel. You can usually encourage this with gentle exfoliation. The hair will shed naturally in 2 - 3 weeks post treatment.
Which skin types are suitable?
The Soprano XLi is the only FDA approved laser on the market that can be used on ALL skin types, including tanned skin.
How do I remove hair in between treatments?
Shaving is the preferred method of removing hairs before and in between the treatments. You must refrain from waxing or plucking the hairs as these methods will remove hairs at their root level, causing the active hairs not to be present for the laser to act on them, making the treatment ineffective.
How do I prepare my skin for the treatment?
The area to be treated must be shaved prior to coming to the Clinic and between 12–24 hours before the treatment. The skin must be clean from creams, perfume and false tanning products. Avoid tanning or prolonged UV exposure on the area to be treated for at least 1 month prior to treatment (includes sunbeds).
Normally the skin will feel slightly warm and red after the treatment but this normally disappears within minutes or a few hours. Follow these post care tips to ensure maximum comfort after your treatment
Avoid sun exposure
You must not expose the treated skin to UV or self-tan (sun beds) for at least 4 weeks before or after treatment. If your skin gets a tan (active tan) then you are at greater risk of developing hyper pigmentation or getting a burn.
Use a soothing gel
You must protect your skin from the sun – if it's an area that is exposed like your face/arms/neck then make sure you use a high SPF cream every day to avoid getting a tan (around SPF 30 and above).Simple soothing products like Aloe Vera gel can be used if your skin is feeling slightly sore. The gel will help to calm down any redness you may experience from the laser.
Avoid harsh chemicals
This means no bleach or perfumed products such as aromatherapy oils for at least 24 - 48 hours on the area treated. Also avoid swimming in chlorinated water for 48 -72 hours.
Do not wax, thread or pluck the area treated
You may shave or in between treatments. It is advisable to leave the area alone for 24 - 48 hours after your treatment to avoid any skin irritation.
Avoid a hot bath/shower
If you have had laser hair removal done on your body then it is best to avoid having a hot bath or shower (sauna/steam) for 24 -48 hours as it can cause skin irritation especially if you have sensitive skin.
If you've had laser hair removal on your face then you must avoid having harsh treatments done such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion for at least 10 days before or after treatment.
Talk to your practitioner
If you are in any doubt at all, just contact one of our practitioners for advice and if you are very concerned arrange an appointment so they can assess your skin. Your safety and comfort is our top priority so our practitioners are available at any time of the day to make sure everything is well.