How does light-assisted hair removal work?
Light is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Fair hair, however, contains less melanin and is harder to treat. We recommend a consultation with your clinician to ascertain if the treatment will be successful for you. Grey/white hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as “a flick of an elastic band”. Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.
What will I see after the treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs shed 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.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Are there any side effects?
The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy but this usually subsides within a few hours. Unwanted reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
How is treatment carried out?
The applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed a typical average number of treatments is 8-12, though it does vary. Treatment is conducted every 4 – 8 weeks, depending on the area treated, until a satisfactory result is seen.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.
Here at the beauty editor, we are proud to offer the ultimate treatment in hair reduction: using Lynton’s 650 Advance technology. This innovative device allows us to now treat all hair colours, including notoriously difficult to treat, fine and light coloured hairs. Our award-winning Lynton 650 Advance technology can ensure completely superior treatment results for our clients.
How Does this Unique Technology Work?
Our new Lynton LUMINA 650 Advance advanced technology can treat your hair with unique, very short pulse durations, differing from other, more conventional hair removal technologies which deliver light over much longer pulse trains.
The 650 Advance’s faster pulse-train of light is more rapidly absorbed, heating up your hair follicle and destroying it more effectively than other regular multi-pulse technologies. This new pulse 650 Advance technology is especially effective for all our clients who have fair or fine hair, who may have been told they are ‘untreatable’ elsewhere.
The Lynton 650 Advance hair reduction technology is only available for those clients with skin types I – III, although other options such as our award winning Long Pulsed Nd:YAG Laser (1064mm) are available for darker skin tones IV – V1. Please get in touch so we can design the most effective treatment plan for you.
The following list shows the six skin type categories of the Fitzpatrick scale:
How is treatment carried out?
The hairs must be pre-shaven before the treatment. The laser is then passed over the area and the pigment in the hairs absorb the light and convert this to heat. This heat then kills and destroys the cells that make the hair, meaning a new hair cannot grow again out of that follicle.
I have had it done in the past and it didn’t work, will it work this time?
There are many reasons for this; hair suitability (was the hair suitable for the treatment). Type of equipment used, operator proficiency, treatment spacing and new hair in new follicles.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are seen with people who have lighter skin and dark thick hairs. Dark hair is easier to treat as it has a high concentration of pigment and fairer skins mean there is a bigger contrast between hair and skin. Fair hair is trickier to treat and thinner hair, though we do have an advanced system that has been chosen especially for treating these types of hairs.
Is it permanent?
This is a question we get asked a lot and the answer is yes! As we kill the cells that make the hair a new hair cannot grow from that follicle, and the follicle will shrink and can even die. What we cannot do is treat a follicle that has no hair in it. If the area of treatment only has a few hairs i.e the chin you may only currently have 10% of your potential hair growth. This means in the future you may make more hair in the other 90% of the follicles, but this hair was going to appear anyway and would have compounded on top of your existing growth. So on certain areas of the body on-going treatment may be needed.
How does it feel?
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as a ‘flick of an elastic band’. No anaesthetic is required and most clients describe the discomforts as moderate and tolerable.
How long does it take?
The treatment length varies depending on the size of the area. Something small such as top lip will take 10 minutes, something larger i.e full leg or full back could be 90 minutes.
Is there a recovery period?
The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and raised but this usually subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
How many treatments are recommended?
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed a typical average number of treatments is 8-12, though it does vary. Treatments are conducted every 4 to 8 weeks depending on the area being treated, until a good result is seen