Soprano Laser Hair Removal
Soprano laser hair removal is a fast, virtually pain free and safe treatment with proven clinical results. Rivers Hospital offers a free inital assessment and patch test prior to proceeding with the treatment.For more information or to book your free patch test, please call our enquiries team on 01279 212952
What is it used for?
For hair removal and long term hair reduction in most skin types. Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the large concentration of melanin which gives maximum absorption. Very fair hair has less melanin and consequently less absorption which therefore may not produce optimum results. Grey or white hair has no melanin and so is unsuitable for treatment. The upper skin layer of the epidermis also contains melanin and the concentration increases when the skin is exposed to UV light, therefore we are unable to treat anybody with a sun tan.
How is the treatment carried out?
The applicator is placed in contact with the skin and either the laser light is passed as the head is moved across the skin for super hair removal or in static shots for normal hair removal. Gel is used to aid the gliding of the laser head across the skin.
How long does treatment take?
A facial treatment can take as little as 10 minutes whereas both legs and/or an entire back take approximately 1 ½ to 3 hours. There are three phases in the hair cycle and only hair in the growth phase can be treated. The number of hairs in this phase varies from 10% to 70% depending on the body site. The lengths of the growth cycles also vary. A number of treatments will be required to sufficiently remove virtually all hairs. Due to the density of facial hair, more treatments are usually required for facial hair than on the body.
After the first treatment most patients get a significant reduction in hair density also new grown hairs tend to become finer. It is important to know that the first treatment is believed to synchronise the anagen (growth) phase of the non-anagen hairs. This may cause what seems to be re-growth but which is actually just the sleeping hairs starting to grow at the same time (new growth). This in turn makes the next treatment(s) more effective.
Does it hurt?
Soprano hair removal is virtually painless. Normal hair removal can produce some mild discomfort. In both cases the treatment is assisted by cooling heads.
What are the side effects?
The skin of some patients becomes quite red immediately after treatment and very rarely small blisters as from excessive sun exposure can occur. However, most patients experience no side effects at all and the described skin reactions usually disappear within hours to a few days.
Why do hairs ‘grow’ after treatment?
Hairs are not vaporised by the Soprano treatment. The hair follicles are killed by the heat but the hairs remain in the skin and often become attached to the epidermis. They will fall out after 1 to 4 weeks as the epidermis is renewed. During this period it will seem that the hairs are growing as the epidermis pushes them out.
How do I prepare for the treatment?
You should avoid tanning one month ahead of and during the entire treatment scenario to avoid excessive discomfort and complications from excessive light absorption in the epidermis. Immediately after the treatment the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for 4-5 days. High factor sun protection needs to be applied for the duration of the treatment.
Please do not apply deodorant, perfumed products or aromatherapy products on treatment day to the areas being treated. Hairs should be 1 to 2mm long when you come in for treatment so it is possible to mark out the treatment area. Long hairs take up the energy and prevent all of it reaching the hair follicle. Therefore hair is trimmed just before treatment for maximum transmission of the energy.
If the hair is normally shaved and can be seen when shaven then patients can shave right up to the day of treatment although plucking, waxing, bleaching, threading and use of hair removal creams should be avoided.
Cooling gel like aloe vera is always applied following a treatment and can be used at home as well.