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Hair removal


What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a way of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices, called epilators, destroy the growth center of the hair with a short-wave radio frequency. This is done by inserting a very fine probe into the hair follicle at the surface of the skin. The hair is then removed harmlessly with forceps. Now a days, it is generally used for grey hair which can’t be treated with lasers.

Laser Hair Removal

At Manas Skin and Laser Clinic, we have one of the best lasers for permanent laser hair removal. We use the Alma Soprano diode laser.

How does laser remove hair?

Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to be absorbed by the pigment (color) in the hair follicle — without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which in turns disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

Is it safe? 

Laser hair removal is the most popular aesthetic procedure performed annually. Hair removal is one of the aesthetic medical industry’s most well-known and researched uses of lasers and the Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ treatment has provided safe and effective permanent hair reduction for thousands of patients worldwide. Because Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ utilizes our IN-MOTION™ and low-heat settings we’re able to provide a level of safety unlike any other laser hair removal procedure. 

How many treatments will I need? 

Typically, 4 to 6 treatments are adequate to provide permanent hair reduction. However, after a one-on-one consultation, our doctor may determine that based on the density of your hair, hair color and skin color, you may require additional treatment. Dr. Mitul will advise you during your first consultation. It’s not unusual to require a touch-up treatment two years after completing laser hair removal treatments.

Should I shave before the laser?

Shaving the day before or just prior to treatment is recommended and you may shave again twenty-four hours after treatment unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Will my hair ever grow back? 

You have a lot more hair on your body than you probably imagine (hair grows in cycles so you actually never get to see all your hair at any given time) and it takes multiple sessions to kill 80-90% of this total hair. Another thing to keep in mind is that your body, as long as you are well and alive, will produce new hair. None of us had hair as babies or children but our bodies grew and shed hair over our lifetimes. This process will continue despite laser hair removal and the growth of new hair is actually why you need touch up or maintenance sessions once or twice a year. Actively growing hairs that are treated should not grow back. Once a hair follicle is damaged it cannot grow hair. However, hair follicles that were not in the active growth phase will need to be treated. Over the course of treatment your hair and the amount of it that you have will change dramatically, what starts off as rough, coarse and thick hair will eventually become soft, thin and light hair. 

Why do I need 6-8 treatments? 

Hair growth occurs in 4 stages: Early Anagen (early hair growth), Anagen (active hair growth) Catagen (regression) Telogen (resting, not growing) Laser hair removal only affects the Anagen stage, (actively growing hair). Therefore, approximately twenty-five-percent of hair is removed with each treatment. After 4 to 6 treatments, the area should be free from hair.

What will influence my results?

For the majority of people laser hair removal is an amazing and sometimes life changing treatment. Genetically we are all so different and this has a huge impact on the effectiveness of your treatment, there are a number of different factors that are listed below that will determine the level the result you will receive and how many treatments it will take to get that result:

  • Colour of your Skin
  • Colour and diameter of your Hair
  • Optimum Fluences (Energy levels)
  • Optimum Treatment Intervals (Time between treatments)
  • Underlying problems in the endocrine system, such as irregular menstrual cycles; ovarian disorders, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS); and thyroid abnormalities. 

All of these areas are fully explained when having a consultation with our doctors at Manas Skin Clinic. These factors are the primary reason that all treatments are done by our doctors and not by other technicians.  

Do I need to arrange time off from work for treatments? 

No. Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ has no “down time” and requires no recovery time. You can have a Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ treatment and return to work, school or other normal activities immediately.

How do I know it really won’t hurt? 

Most people find the Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ laser hair removal treatment comfortable, especially when compared to other hair removal methods and lasers. This is one of few laser hair removal procedures where numbing cream is not necessary. Pain is subjective, however, so if you find it otherwise simply talk to your provider.

How long do I wait between each session? How do I know when to come for my next treatment?

We like to do the first 2-3 treatments within specific intervals (4-6 weeks depending on what area it is) because we like to catch the majority of your hair in its growth cycle and kill it. After you lose more than half your hair, it is wiser to go by observation of new hair growth: when you start to see new stubble (new hair growth), you can make an appointment within the week and this timeframe will vary from person to person as well as from area to area.

Will I have hair between the sessions? How will I look?

Your treated area will be cleared of most of the present hair during the treatment, while the rest of the treated hair will shed in two weeks leaving the area smooth and clean. Depending on the area, the skin will remain clean and smooth for around 6 to 8 weeks in total, starting with the treatment date; and the time for your next session will be when you see little fine hairs growing again. By repeating the sessions on time the area will remain hair free throughout the entire multiple session procedure and you will not need to maintain it by shaving again.

How soon do I expect to see results? How do I know it is working for me?

You will see results starting with your VERY FIRST session. The hair growth will be less and the hairs finer and weaker; your skin will become smoother; and the hair pores on your skin will become less visible after each session. The results will become more impressive with each following session.

What precautions should I take throughout this process?

 Avoid sun exposure at least two weeks before treatment. Do not bleach, pluck or wax 4 to

6 weeks before and after treatment. Wait for tanned skin to fade before beginning treatment.

How much does laser hair removal cost? 

The cost of Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ treatments vary by location and body part. However, compared to a life time of waxing Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ laser hair removal creates a significant savings that can save money year after year. Speak to our doctors to determine the cost in your case. We provide generous cost-effective packages and “combo” pricing to help you to get to your goal of being hair-free where you want to be as soon as possible.  You will find our pricing fair and well worth the investment.  

Do you treat all skin types?

Yes, it is safe and approved for all skin types and all body parts.

What is the difference between Laser and IPL hair removal? Which is better?

Laser is a device that generates light of a single wavelength, and therefore light of a single color.  Pulsed light is a device with a conventional halogen lamp that generates light of multiple wavelengths, and therefore, light of many colors.  When all colors are together, the light looks white.

With laser, all the energy is absorbed by melanin, which only absorbs the red band. The energy density is concentrated at a single wavelength; therefore, it is highly selective and has a high density. This results in a better adaptation on the patient (pulse duration, fluency, etc.).

With the PULSED LIGHT(IPL) technique, energy cannot be controlled since the filter behaves differently as it is used. The energy density is also divided among a multitude of wavelengths because pulsed light is, by definition, a band of light with multiple wavelengths, so it is not possible to select only one. This involves lower selectivity and lower density. 

Lasers are far more precise, and can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Laser technology is simply much more effective, and achieves substantially better results than IPL. IPL is a less effective technology for reducing body hair and can also cause side effects like skin burns or skin darkening which is not the case with Alma Soprano laser.

What are the risks or possible side effects involved?

With the right machine and sufficient experience, you will not experience any damage to your skin. All the possibilities are short term reactions such as a redness and follicular edema (which is a temporary swelling of the hair root sac with a similar overall appearance as goosebumps). These may take a few minutes to hours to fade away. Most people can get treated during their lunch time and there will be no visible indications of a treatment when they return to their office.

Can I choose to achieve finer and less hair in some areas rather than a full removal?

Yes you can. We can customize your treatment according to your needs and expectations. You can weaken and reduce your hair in any area while still leaving a certain amount.

I have ingrown hair on my face, legs, bikini area and back. Would laser help?

Absolutely. Even after one treatment you will notice that most of your ingrowns will be terminated. Within few weeks, the area will be smooth and the color of your skin will return to your original skin color.

What are the risks?

Sometimes, a slight reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but this will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and, unlike depilatories or bleaches, no harsh chemicals are used. Scarring is rare.

Is it painful?

The truth is, electrolysis usually does not cause any significant discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced any discomfort to a mere tingling. A topical anesthetic may be used if necessary.