- Are you shaving, waxing or plucking away your unwanted hair?
- Do you feel embarrassed in social situations?
At Unique Skin Clinics we use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), to destroy the hair. It is quick, leaves little or no evidence of treatment on the skin afterwards, and is far more bearable for clients, particularly those undergoing large areas. Our handset is 5cm x 1cm (the size of a lipstick), meaning that large areas can be treated very quickly, in a cost effective manor.
We also have a Lynton 1064 Laser, which is suitable for hair removal on darker skins. If you have a white skin, and are attending for hair removal with this Laser elsewhere, please note that it is not suitable for this use, and may cause permanent skin damage.
During treatment, he light is flashed onto the hair, is absorbed by the melanin in the hair (colour), which then turns it into heat. It travels to the base of the hair shaft, where it kills the cells which replicate new hair growth. The hair will then fall out of the skin in 2-3 weeks.
To find out more, phone Donna on 07840 804207 who will answer your questions.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
There is no definitive answer to this question.
The darker and thicker the hair is, the quicker it will be destroyed. Skin colour plays a big part in how successful the treatment is. The whiter the skin, the more energy will be absorbed into the hair. Pigmentation, freckles, broken vessels and skin redness will all absorb energy, thus reducing some directed into the hair shaft. Therefore, a person with pure white skin, and coarse black hair, will require fewer treatments, than an olive skin with dark brown hair. Where the hair colour is indistinguishable from that of the skin colour, the treatment will not work. Only where there is a contrast between hair to skin colour, will the treatment be successful.
Hair lacking colour (soft, fine vellus hair), white, grey or blonde hair, will not absorb the light or produce the required heat to affect the hair cells. Red and ginger hair are reflective colours. Despite them being generally coarser in texture, they will not absorb the energy or retain any heat. Therefore, treatment is not undertaken on these hair types. Please bear that in mind when attending any venue offering hair removal, as this clinic receives at least 6 clients a year, who have been undergoing treatment unsuccessfully on these hair types.
What Areas Can be Treated?
Most areas of the body can be treated. Bikini line and underarm hair tends to see the quickest results, as the hair is generally very coarse and dark. Hair on the back clears very successfully, and any folliculitis which resulted from poor shaving techniques, of friction from ruck sacks, will also disappear, along with the hair.
Do You Treat Children?
Yes! Periods are starting at a younger age each year. As a result, children are growing terminal hair on the face, and developing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome at a younger age than ever before.
Unwanted hair, particularly facial hair, has now resulted in a lot of play-ground bullying. It is better to treat the hair permanently, than allow the child to be psychologically damaged from the subsequent bullying.
Treatment can be carried out on any hair that is causing the child distress, however, leg hair will not be treated for purely aesthetic reasons. A letter from your GP will be required, stating that in their opinion, it is in the child’s interest to undertake hair removal. No treatment can commence, until this is received.
How Long Does The Hair Need to be For Treatment?
Very short ! Just 1 or 2mm is best. So, you can shave the hair a day or 2 before treatment, so that it is the correct length. If you wish, you can shave the hair directly after treatment, before you leave the clinic. Flannels, soap, towels and razors are supplied in our bathroom. There is no evidence that shaving has any impact on hair growth, nor texture. It merely feels coarser, due to the flat cut end, rather than having a previous tapered point to it.
I’d Like to Find Out more – What Do I Do Now?
In the first instance, phone 07840 804207 an initial chat, as all of your questions can be answered fully and quickly by this method.
If you are a suitable candidate for treatment, you will be asked to come along for an initial consultation. We will chat about what you have been doing to remove or manage the hair. Paperwork relating to any health problems and medication will be completed and signed. The treatment, aftercare, skin care, and ‘do’s and don’ts will be explained. Any questions will be discussed, and answered fully to your satisfaction, to enable you to make an informed decision about treatment. If, after this, you are happy to continue with treatment, a patch test will be performed.
What is a Patch Test?
A small area of skin, on the area to be treated, is cleaned with a degreasing cleanser. You will be asked to wear a pair of dark glasses, as the IPL light is quite bright. The light will be flashed on a few hairs. If a carbon smell (burning hair) can be detected, the setting is correct for your hair texture, colour and skin colour. When you return for treatment, this is the setting we will be starting on, for your first treatment. Treatment can commence any time after 48 hours have elapsed – this is an insurance requirement. No treatment will be carried out without a prior patch test being performed.
What Happens During a Treatment?
The area to be treated is cleaned with a degreasing cleanser. For larger areas, you will be asked to shower, before attending the clinic.
During treatment, you will have access to a cooler unit, to blow cold air onto the area – this makes the treatment more comfortable. You will be asked to wear a pair of dark glasses, as the IPL light is quite bright. The light will be flashed on the areas to be treated. Upper lip takes a few seconds to treat, a full back will take up to 45 mins. Aloe vera gel is then applied to the area, and you can be on your way. You will be given a pot of aloe vera gel to take home (free of charge). This will replace your usual skin cream on the area for the next 2 days.
How Often Do I Need Treatment?
Facial hair is generally treated once a month, and body hair 6-8 weekly. This reflects the longer, and slower growth rate of body hair.
Our prices are 50% lower than most other outlets! Consultations are FREE, and a patch test is £50. Any additional patch tests carried out on other areas during your consultation, will be charged at only £15 each.
The first 2 shots for hair reduction are £30, after which, all subsequent shots are £5 a shot. This makes upper lip and chin treatment combined, to be £50 – £80 maximum. Upper lip treatment alone would be £30 – £40 maximum. With our 5 x 1cm handset, larger areas can be treated very cost effectively.