Cosmetic Laser Hair Removal

Laser stands for ‘light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation’.

 

Lasers are able to provide effective long term hair removal. Compared to other forms of hair removal, lasers are able to provide much longer hair free periods with fewer side-effects and quicker treatment times. A single treatment can reduce hair by 10% to 40%. Multiple treatment sessions can reduce hair by as much as 90%. Top up treatments can sustain these hair free periods indefinitely.

Medically Supported Laser Hair Removal

At Rejuvence we provide medically supported laser hair removal services. Our experienced laser Aestheticians work together with our aesthetic doctors to provide safe and effective hair removal services for both men and women of all skin types. Thanks to this unique cooperation we are able to provide laser hair removal treatments to those suffering with medical conditions that result in increased hair growth erratically on various parts of the body. Laser hair removal can also help with conditions such as pseudofolliculitis (razor bumps), ingrown hairs and even keloid and hypertrophic scars.

Lead Laser Aesthetician at Rejuvence Clinic

Our laser services at Rejuvence are headed up by Rita Al-Moula. Rita has been working in the industry for more than 20 years and has tremendous experience in laser and skin treatments specialising in laser hair removal and hydrafacial. She has previously worked as a manager in a well-known chain of aesthetic clinics. She has also owned her own thriving clinic. Whilst owning her own clinic she ran a VTCT (vocational training charitable trust) school. She has successfully treated many clients over the years including celebrities and we are extremely pleased to have her working alongside our team and heading up Laser Hair Removal at Rejuvence.

Rita Al-Moula

What is your skin type?

What laser is used at Rejuvence?

At Rejuvence we use the Cynosure Elite Plus aesthetic workstation. Melanin has an absorption wavelength between 600nm and 1100nm. The Cynosure Elite Plus System consists of an Alexandrite and Nd:Yag solid state laser.

 

Alexandrite operates at a wavelength of 755 nm whilst the Nd:Yag laser operates at a wavelength of 1064 nm. These are both within the absorption wavelengths of melanin and hence extremely effective at laser hair removal. In addition thanks to their specificity for follicular melanin these lasers can be used to treat all skin types including very light Caucasian skin right through to dark African with minimal side effects.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser stands for ‘light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation’.

 

Lasers are able to provide effective long term hair removal. Compared to other forms of hair removal, lasers are able to provide much longer hair free periods with fewer side-effects and quicker treatment times. A single treatment can reduce hair by 10% to 40%. Multiple treatment sessions can reduce hair by as much as 90%. Top up treatments can sustain these hair free periods indefinitely.

What factors affect the outcome of laser hair removal?

The ideal patient for laser hair removal has thick, dark hair and light skin. However this does not mean laser hair removal is not possible in darker skin types. Skin colour is classified according to the Fitzpatrick classification system. This consists of six skin types ranging from light Caucasian skin (skin type I) right through to dark African skin (skin typeVI). The variation in skin colour is directly related to the amount of melanin in the skin. Lighter skin types have less melanin. Darker skin types have more melanin. This has a significant impact on laser hair removal and indeed the type of lasers as well as the power and number of treatment sessions.

Lighter skin types have less melanin and hence usually are able to tolerate a much higher setting on the laser machine for effective hair removal. In darker skin types there is more melanin and hence it is important to use lasers at a lower setting (less power) and often require a larger number of treatments for effective hair removal.

 

 

There are four stages to the hair cycle that each hair follicle goes through. The stages are as follows: anagen, catagen, telogen, exogen. At any point approximately 10 to 15% of hairs are in the catagen or telogen phase of the hair cycle. Hair in the anagen phase is most vulnerable to laser treatment as it contains melanin. Hair in the other stages do not have melanin. They’re not as responsive to laser. This is why multiple sessions are needed in order to catch all hairs in the anagen phase.

 

 

There are generally two types of hair found on the body. Terminal hair is coarse, dark (more melanin) and thick. Terminal hairs are found on the scalp, underarm and pubic areas and specifically the face in men. Vellus hairs are thinner, lighter (less melanin) in colour and short. This type of hair is found on the face, arms, stomach and legs. During puberty vellus hairs are replaced by terminal hairs especially in certain parts of the body in response to hormonal changes, specifically testosterone. Terminal hairs respond better to laser hair removal and need fewer sessions. Vellus hairs are more difficult to treat and need more sessions.

The best results for laser hair removal are achieved in those with lighter skin types and dark coloured body here. The contrast between the colour of the skin and the colour of the hair is essential for determining the ideal wavelength of the duration of the laser pulses. Generally smaller wavelength lasers with shorter pulse durations work better for patients with lighter skin and darker hairs. Higher wavelengths with longer pulses are used for patients with darker skin for better penetration and less absorption by melanin and as a result fewer side-effects. This is why a combination of alexandrite and Nd:YAG laser system is used at Rejuvence. The alexandrite offers a smaller wavelength laser whilst the Nd:Yag offers longer wavelength and hence we are able to treat all skin types.

Hormone levels can affect hair growth and the subsequent response rate to laser hair removal. Medical conditions that have effects on hormone levels include polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS), thyroid problems, overactive adrenal glands and high prolactin conditions. These sorts of conditions all affect hair growth. For effective laser hair removal in a hormonal condition, it may be necessary to supplement laser sessions with medication to control the underlying causes of hirsutism (increased body hair). 

Pregnancy results in changes in hormone levels. There are increases in prolactin and this results in an increase in melanin production in the hair follicles. This makes laser hair removal less effective. As a result laser hair removal should not be carried out during pregnancy.

What is Alexandrite Laser?

The alexandrite 755nm laser is a solid state laser. It is able to penetrate 3 mm into the skin with moderate absorption by melanin. It’s considered to be the gold standard for hair removal using laser. It is suitable for both lighter and slightly darker skin types. Generally this means skin types I to III. 

What is Nd:YAG laser?

The Nd:YAG 1064nm laser is also a solid state laser and has the least absorption by melanin and hence is very safe for darker skin types. It has much fewer side-effects in darker skin types especially compared to conventional lasers used for hair removal such as IPL. It can penetrate to around 4 mm into the skin and is generally considered to be the gold standard for skin types IV to VI. 

Laser hair removal is based on a process known as selective ‘photothermolysis’. Laser for the purposes of hair removal results in selective thermal (heat) damage to hair follicles, with minimal damage to surrounding skin. The ‘chromophore’ (target) for laser hair removal is melanin. Melanin is a substance that gives pigment (colour) to your skin, hair and eyes. The specific type of melanin that is targeted with laser hair removal gives colour to your hair and sits at the base of the follicle. 

 

When treated with laser the melanin contained in the hair is heated and subsequently damages the hair follicle. This results in gradual thinning of the hairs and eventually complete removal.

Common side-effects associated with laser hair removal include pain and discomfort, some degree of redness (erythema), bruising,crushing, folliculitis and temporary post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Adverse effects specific to alexandrite and Nd:Yag laser generally last between 2 to 4 days. A degree of redness (erythema) should be expected after all treatments. Almost all complications are temporary. In extremely rare cases it is possible to burn the skin.

Laser hair removal with alexandrite and Nd:YAG laser is associated with some degree of pain. This is the case for almost all laser devices. The pain experienced is generally described as tolerable by most patients and in fact in some areas, it can be painless. Topical numbing cream can be applied to sensitive areas 30 to 60 minutes prior to treatment. Cooling of the skin alongside laser is carried out for all treatments to reduce pain as well as the risk of burns. This involves the attachment of a device to the laser head unit that blows cool air across the treatment areas during laser sessions.

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Skin Type I - II

At Rejuvence Clinic we provide medically supported laser hair removal services with the Cynosure Elite +. This laser combines alexandrite 755 nm and Nd:YAG 1064 nm wavelength lasers offering excellent hair reduction on all areas of the body in all types of skin. 

What is my skin type?

In 1975 scientists developed a system of classifying skin according to how easily it burns in the Sun. This was specifically developed in order to classify the risks of developing skin cancer. The classification system is now known as the FitzPatrick skin type scale. The FitzPatrick skin type classification consists of six skin types.

What is skin type I and II?

People with skin type I and II tend to have very pale white skin and usually from Northern Europe.  Those with skin types I and II also typically have green or blue eyes and fair or red hair. Skin can burn quite easily in the sun without tanning or very minimal tanning. Those with skin type I often have freckles.

Can I get laser hair removal if I have very pale skin?

The ideal candidates for laser hair removal are light skinned with dark thick hair. Those with skin type I and II have light skin that burns easily in the Sun but also tend to have light coloured hair. Laser hair removal is possible but it is important to take certain precautions in order to minimise side-effects and ensure excellent results. At Rejuvence we use the Cynosure Elite plus laser system. This uses a combination of Alexandrite and Nd:YAG laser. Alexandrite laser has a wavelength of 755 nm and is considered the gold standard for lighter skin types as it is able to deliver higher energy laser beam safely with fewer side-effects to offer efficient and effective laser hair removal in skin types I and II especially.

What will happen at my first consultation?

At Rejuvence we first arrange a consultation for you with our lead laser Aesthetician. We will take a quick history to find out about what you are looking to achieve, the areas you wish to treat, as well as further information about your general health and any medication you may be taking. We will then normally carry out a patch test whereby we will test the effect of the laser on a small area of skin to ensure that it is safe for you to go ahead and have treatment. 

 

At your consultation our Aestheticians will also make an assessment of your skin. We will assess your skin type, any recent tanning effects, specific skin conditions and scarring in the treatment areas and finally decide on the safest type of laser for you as well as specific settings that will give you the best result with as few side-effects as possible.

What if I have a specific medical skin condition?

At Rejuvence we offer medically supported laser hair removal services. We have a team of laser Aestheticians and aesthetic doctors that work hand-in-hand. In the case of any specific medical conditions or skin problems our medical doctors are on hand to give advice and work with our laser Aesthetician to give you the best possible outcome. We also specialise in treating certain medical conditions affecting the skin and hair follicles with laser as well as hypertrophic and keloid scars on hair bearing parts of the body.

Medical Conditions Treated with Laser at Rejuvence
When will my laser hair removal treatment sessions begin?

Once we have ensured that you have skin that is safe to be treated with laser for hair removal we will begin your treatment. Your first laser hair removal session is normally carried out at least a week after your patch test to ensure that you do not have any adverse reactions and that it is safe to go through with treatment. Not everybody requires the same number of treatment sessions and we normally carry out treatment once every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the area as we are treating.

What happens during my laser hair removal treatment?

Our laser Aesthetician will give you specific instructions with regards to how to prepare for your treatment sessions. On the day of your treatment, you will be asked to wear specifically designed goggles to protect your eyes. Depending on the area being treated they may offer you some topical numbing cream to help with any pain that might be experienced during the treatment. The laser treatments are combined with a special cooling air spray to minimise any discomfort. Each session takes between 15 minutes to over an hour depending on the areas being treated.

What will happen after my treatment?

The affected areas may be slightly red and even develop a mild rash. They also can be slightly painful. Skin will tend to be more sensitive to touch and it is important to stay away from direct sunlight. We advise all of our clients to ensure they use regular sunscreen for at least four weeks on exposed areas that have been treated. We expect skin to recover completely within 2 to 3 days after treatment in the vast majority of clients.

 

Rarely it is possible to have some side-effects to treatment including red skin (erythema) that may last for some time, crusting, blistering, bruising, some lightening or darkening of the skin, and in extremely rare circumstances burns from the laser. Our Aestheticians are extremely experienced and we always ensure we do our utmost to prevent any significant side-effects. All of our services are supported by our medical doctors who are ready to help at any point.

Skin Type III - IV

At Rejuvence Clinic we provide medically supported laser hair removal services with the Cynosure Elite +. This laser combines alexandrite 755 nm and Nd:YAG 1064 nm wavelength lasers offering excellent hair reduction on all areas of the body in all types of skin. 

What is my skin type?

In 1975 scientist developed a system of classifying skin according to how easily it burns in the Sun. This was specifically developed in order to classify the risks of developing skin cancer. The classification system is now known as the FitzPatrick skin type scale. The FitzPatrick skin type classification consists of six skin types.

What is skin type III and IV?

People with skin type III have skin colour that is fair or beige with golden undertones, Hazel or light brown eyes, and dark blonde or light brown hair. Skin may freckle, burn occasionally and sometimes tan in the sun. This is the most common skin type in North America and the Mediterranean. People with skin type IV have olive or light brown skin, dark brown eyes, dark brown or black hair, and often don’t really freckle, burn rarely and tan often when in thesun. This is a relatively common skin type in Middle Eastern and Asian parts of the world.

Can I get laser hair removal if I have slightly darker skin?

Thanks to the Cynosure Elite plus laser system we are able to offer safe and effective laser hair removal services for all skin types, especially skin types III and IV. Thanks to a combination of Alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers our experienced laser hair Aestheticians together with our medical team in support can offer virtually pain-free laser treatments with a low rate of complications. In general the Nd:YAG laser is safer in slightly darker skin types. At your initial consultation our laser Aestheticians will carry out an accurate assessment to decide on which type of laser will be most appropriate with the fewest potential side-effects.

What will happen at my first consultation?

At Rejuvence we first arrange a consultation for you with our lead laser Aesthetician. We will take a quick history to find out about what you are looking to achieve, the areas you wish to treat, as well as further information about your general health and any medication you may be taking. We will then normally carry out a patch test whereby we will test the effect of the laser on a small area of skin to ensure that it is safe for you to go ahead and have treatment. 

 

At your consultation our Aestheticians will also make an assessment of your skin. We will assess your skin type, any recent tanning effects, specific skin conditions and scarring in the treatment areas and finally decide on the safest type of laser for you as well as specific settings that will give you the best result with as few side-effects as possible.  At your consultation our Aestheticians will also make an assessment of your skin. We will assess your skin type, any recent tanning effects, specific skin conditions and scarring in the treatment areas and finally decide on the safest type of laser for you as well as specific settings that will give you the best result with as few side-effects as possible.

What if I have a specific medical skin condition?

At Rejuvence we offer medically supported laser hair removal services. We have a team of laser Aestheticians and aesthetic doctors that work hand-in-hand. In the case of any specific medical conditions or skin problems our medical doctors are on hand to give advice and work with our laser Aesthetician to give you the best possible outcome. We also specialise in treating certain medical conditions affecting the skin and hair follicles with laser as well as hypertrophic and keloid scars on hair bearing parts of the body.

Medical Conditions Treated with Laser at Rejuvence
When will my laser hair removal treatment sessions begin?

Once we have ensured that you have skin that is safe to be treated with laser for hair removal we will begin your treatment. Your first laser hair removal session is normally carried out at least a week after your patch test to ensure that you do not have any adverse reactions and that it is safe to go through with treatment. Not everybody requires the same number of treatment sessions and we normally carry out treatment once every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the area as we are treating.

What happens during my laser hair removal treatment?

Our laser Aesthetician will give you specific instructions with regards to how to prepare for your treatment sessions. On the day of your treatment, you will be asked to wear specifically designed goggles to protect your eyes. Depending on the area being treated they may offer you some topical numbing cream to help with any pain that might be experienced during the treatment. The laser treatments are combined with a special cooling air spray to minimise any discomfort. Each session takes between 15 minutes to over an hour depending on the areas being treated.

What will happen after my treatment?

The affected areas may be slightly red and even develop a mild rash. They also can be slightly painful. Skin will tend to be more sensitive to touch and it is important to stay away from direct sunlight. We advise all of our clients to ensure they use regular sunscreen for at least four weeks on exposed areas have been treated. We expect skin to recover completely within 2 to 3 days after treatment in the vast majority of clients.

 

Rarely it is possible to have some side-effects to treatment including red skin (erythema) that may last for some time, crusting, blistering, bruising, some lightening or darkening of the skin, and in extremely rare circumstances burns from the laser. Our Aestheticians are extremely experienced and we always ensure we do our utmost to prevent any significant side-effects. All of our services are supported by our medical doctors who are ready to help at any point.

Skin Type V - VI

At Rejuvence Clinic we provide medically supported laser hair removal services with the Cynosure Elite +. This laser combines alexandrite 755 nm and Nd:YAG 1064 nm wavelength lasers offering excellent hair reduction on all areas of the body in all types of skin.

What is my skin type?

In 1975 scientist developed a system of classifying skin according to how easily it burns in the Sun. This was specifically developed in order to classify the risks of developing skin cancer. The classification system is now known as the FitzPatrick skin type scale. The FitzPatrick skin type classification consists of six skin types.

What is skin type V and VI?

Those with skin type V have dark brown skin, dark brown or black eyes, dark brown to black hair, and rarely get freckles, almost never burn and always tan in the sun. Skin type V is common in parts of Asia and North Africa. People with skin type VI have deeply pigmented dark brown to darkest brown skin, brownish or black eyes, black hair, and never freckle, never burn and always tan darkly in the sun. Skin type VI is common in Africa.

Can I get laser hair removal if I have very dark skin?

Nd:YAG laser has made it possible for those with dark skin to have laser hair removal treatments. The 1064 nm wavelength of the Nd:YAG laser makes it safer in darker skin types with a penetration of 4 mm and reduced risk of burning. At Rejuvence we use the Cynosure Elite plus laser system which consists of both Alexandrite and Nd:YAG laser. Despite this clear advantage it is still necessary to take precautions as the risk of complications for laser hair removal in darker skin types is higher than in lighter skin types. Darker skin types also often require a larger number of treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. At Rejuvence we have an experienced team of laser Aestheticians and aesthetic doctors who work together to provide safe and effective laser treatments.

What will happen at my first consultation?

At Rejuvence we first arrange a consultation for you with our lead laser Aesthetician. We will take a quick history to find out about what you are looking to achieve, the areas you wish to treat, as well as further information about your general health and any medication you may be taking. We will then normally carry out a patch test whereby we will test the effect of the laser on a small area of skin to ensure that it is safe for you to go ahead and have treatment. 

 

At your consultation our Aestheticians will also make an assessment of your skin. We will assess your skin type, any recent tanning effects, specific skin conditions and scarring in the treatment areas and finally decide on the safest type of laser for you as well as specific settings that will give you the best result with as few side-effects as possible. 

What if I have a specific medical skin condition?

Add Rejuvence we offer medically supported laser hair removal services. We have a team of laser Aestheticians and aesthetic doctors that work hand-in-hand. In the case of any specific medical conditions or skin problems our medical doctors are on hand to give advice and work with our laser Aesthetician to give you the best possible outcome. We also specialise in treating certain medical conditions affecting the skin and hair follicles with laser as well as hypertrophic and keloid scars on hair bearing parts of the body.

Medical Conditions Treated with Laser at Rejuvence
When will my laser hair removal treatment sessions begin?

Once we have ensured that you have skin that is safe to be treated with laser for hair removal we will begin your treatment. Your first laser hair removal session is normally carried out at least a week after your patch test to ensure that you do not have any adverse reactions and that it is safe to go through with treatment. Not everybody requires the same number of treatment sessions and we normally carry out treatment once every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the area as we are treating.

What happens during my laser hair removal treatment?

Our laser Aesthetician will give you specific instructions with regards to how to prepare for your treatment sessions. On the day of your treatment, you will be asked to wear specifically designed goggles to protect your eyes. Depending on the area being treated they may offer you some topical numbing cream to help with any pain that might be experienced during the treatment. The laser treatments are combined with a special cooling air spray to minimise any discomfort. Each session takes between 15 minutes to over an hour depending on the areas being treated.

What will happen after my treatment?

The affected areas may be slightly red and even develop a mild rash. They also can be slightly painful. Skin will tend to be more sensitive to touch and it is important to stay away from direct sunlight. We advise all of our clients to ensure they use regular sunscreen for at least four weeks on exposed areas that have been treated. We expect skin to recover completely within 2 to 3 days after treatment in the vast majority of clients.

 

Rarely it is possible to have some side-effects to treatment including red skin (erythema) that may last for some time, crusting, blistering, bruising, some lightening or darkening of the skin, and in extremely rare circumstances burns from the laser. Our Aestheticians are extremely experienced and we always ensure we do our utmost to prevent any significant side-effects. All of our services are supported by our medical doctors who are ready to help at any point.

COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES

We are in the midst of a pandemic and it is essential that we maintain the safety of our patients as staff above all else. Before attending Rejuvence Clinic for your appointment please review the following safety guidelines. 

SYMPTOMS

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, or if you live with someone with COVID-19 or someone with symptoms, please notify us immediately.

 

If you or someone you live with has any symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, fever, chills, shaking, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, you MUST NOT attend. Please call us immediately and we will reschedule your appointment.

CHECK IN

Once you arrive at clinic, please press the intercom. Upon answering you will be asked to come into the building and wait in the lobby. You will be met by one of our staff. 

Everyone must have a wellness check prior to coming in:

  • You must wear a face mask at all times
  • We will check your temperature with a no-touch wall mounted thermometer. If you have a high temperature you will be asked to leave and we will reschedule your appointment. 
  • Please do not bring anyone else with you to your appointment. This is to minimise risk to both staff and patients.
  • Please sanitise your hands using the wall mounted alcohol no-touch sanitiser. 
  • Please wear shoe covers before entering. 

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Only patients with scheduled appointments will be allowed into the clinic.  You must come alone – no guests, family, or and friends can come with you into our clinic at this time.

No walk-ins are allowed, only scheduled appointments. Please call us on 0207 531 6600 or Whatsapp us on 07504 552772 with any questions or to purchase products.

STAFF WELLNESS

All staff, and anyone entering our clinic will be wearing masks. Depending on your treatment, clinicians may also wear goggles and face shields. Our staff will have daily wellness checks including temperature readings and symptom monitoring.

We appreciate you abiding by our safety guidelines to keep our staff, other patients, and our community healthy.

HIGH RISK

Vulnerable people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should only leave home for medical care and essential activities. Virtual consultations are available with Rejuvence Clinic. Please contact us directly at 0207 531 6600 or Whatsapp on 07504 552772 to schedule your virtual consultation.

 

We appreciate you abiding by our safety guidelines to keep our staff, other patients, and our community healthy.

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