10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal – answered by our very own Laser Protection Advisor, Claire.
Do you want to say goodbye to razors and waxing forever and have been thinking about Laser Hair Removal, however, are not too familiar with it? We’re here to answer all of your questions!
Unwanted hair is an issue that affects both men and women. Most people spend years using up both time and money on waxing, plucking or shaving. The results simply don’t last long enough and can also be followed by ingrown hairs or painful rashes. Thankfully there is another option – Laser hair removal. It’s a rapid yet gentle option for removing your unwanted hair permanently.
Here at Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty we offer laser technology using the amazing Cynosure Elite (an advanced and medical graded machine) to effectively treat areas of unwanted hair and prevent hair growth (reducing or even eliminating the need to shave, pluck or wax).
Very often we receive questions on how laser hair removal works, how effective it is and what this treatment involves. So we combined the most frequently asked questions and got answers from our wonderful laser practitioner Claire.
Claire qualified at the Steiner School of Beauty in 2002 and went on to work at senior level in spas and salons in London. Claire developed a keen interest in advanced skin care and aesthetics. She has treated every skin type and nationality with lasers for hair removal , vascular and pigmentation problems and photo-rejuvenation with the Fotona XP Max ND Yag, the Cynosure Elite Alexandrite and ND Yag and the Lumenis Lightsheer Diode. She has also worked for many years removing tattoos with the Lumina QSwitch and the Quantum IPL for sun damage and thread veins on the face and body.
Without further ado, here Claire’s answers to most asked questions regarding Laser Hair Removal:
What are the benefits for getting laser hair removal?
Hair reduction which ends up with minimal sparse, fine hair which is slow growing. No more ingrown hairs or shaving rash so skin is baby smooth.
How does laser remove the hair? How does it work?
Laser cuts off the blood supply attached to the follicle so at the end of the course, clients effectively have disabled follicles with no hair.
Why is laser hair removal more expensive than other methods of hair removal?
Laser is permanent hair reduction that will need to be topped up just once a year. The machines are expensive and so is maintaining them.
How do I prepare for laser hair removal?
Shave the area. Do not apply any perfumed products to the area. Stay out of the sun for around 4 weeks (Apply strong SPF cream to the face even in the UK sun).
How long does laser hair removal treatment take and is it painful?
It feels a bit like an elastic band pinging on the skin. Small areas are quick whereas a full leg can take up to an hour.
How many laser treatments are needed to remove hair?
On average 6-8 sessions.
How long a gap do I need between laser hair removal treatments?
What precautions should I take throughout my laser hair removal treatments?
Time treatment correctly around sun exposure Keep fan tan away from the area for two weeks prior and don’t have any perfume on the area on the day of treatment.
Are there any risks?
There are no risks.
Is it permanent?
It’s permanent as long as clients have yearly treatments.
Please keep in mind that main contradictions include:
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We hope this answered some of your questions. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com or book a free consultation with our laser practitioner.
During your consulting you will have a chance to ask Claire any questions you have regarding this treatment. She will be able to look at the area that you wish to be treated and and give you more detail including how laser hair removal works and what results you can expect as well as how many sessions you will need. During your consultation, we can also get your patch test and once that’s done, your treatment can be booked from a few days later!
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We are also happy to let you know that we have a very special offer running throughout January – get 6 sessions for the price of 4 on any area treated.
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Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty Team
Why choose Enhance?
This November we celebrated the second birthday of Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty. We are so grateful to have met so many new lovely clients, and excited that our team has grown so much since we opened. We are constantly challenging ourselves to provide the best service and treatments – the high standard that you deserve.
As this year is quickly coming to its end we got to reflect on all the great things that we have established and everything we are working towards. We thought what a great opportunity to share this blog post and let you get to know us a little better – the things we value and what we offer as a team. As always thank you so much for choosing us and for your ongoing support!
Over the space of a year our team has truly expanded, and we are so grateful to work with so many wonderful beauty therapists, a laser practitioner and a doctor who all offer a wide variety of treatments. As a team we all strive to learn & grow, making sure we deliver the best treatments and create a beautiful environment to our clients.
Beauty Treatments. All our therapists are Level 3 trained and certified in various specialised treatments. These include Deep Tissue and Pregnancy Massage, Individual and Russian Volume Eyelash Extensions, Hard Gel Nail Extensions and CACI Non-Surgical Facial Treatments.
Laser Treatments. We are very proud to work with our laser practitioner Claire who is a recognised specialist using Grade 4 medical lasers, with over 10 years of experience. Treatment Claire offers includes laser hair removal, Sun Damage & Pigmentation, Facial Thread Vein Removal, Laser Tattoo Removal and Dermaroller Treatment. Anyone is welcome to come for a free consultation with Claire and she will be able to give advice on any concern and suggest the best treatment option available.
Aesthetics. Dr. Santhosh performs our aesthetics treatments and has professional experience as an Aesthetician, General Practitioner and Minor Surgeon whilst working at Queen Mary’s University in London, and subsequently at Harley Street. Her treatment options include Botulinum Injections & Fillers, Small Lesion Removal, Thread Lift, Mesotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Rejuvenation and Skin Peels. You will be in fantastic hands with our doctor who has so much knowledge and experience.
Strict infection control and hygiene policies
We are proud to maintain a very strict hygiene policy and high standards throughout the entire salon. This also includes sterilising of equipment between clients using barbicide and other designated cleaning products at all areas to make sure our clients always feel safe, and know that they are getting their treatment to the highest standards.
Our director Katie has broad background within the medical industry, so all our treatments are high end and carried out with impeccable hygiene standards, in a clinical environment. This has been the core “must” from the day the salon was opened.
It’s essential for us that Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty is up to date with all the latest developments within the industry.We truly appreciate and value our clients so one of our main values is to always provide a friendly environment where people feel welcomed and comfortable to put all their worries behind, relax, enjoy and know that they are being taken care of by professionals that truly care about their client’s experience. This year we also celebrated receiving a 5 Star Rating by The Good Salon Guide, the only independent guide to quality standards in beauty in the UK, Ireland and Malta. We are very proud of all the amazing accomplishments our team have achieved and we’re also so excited about the future of Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty. Apart from everything else mentioned, our biggest and most important accomplishment is seeing our clients satisfied with their experience and always returning to enjoy more treatments. We are regularly looking at bringing our new treatments and offers. Be sure to keep up to date with us via our Instagram account, Facebook page or on our website. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything!!
Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty team.
Twilight Revamp Facial
Want an amazing and completely natural alternative to artificial fillers? We’ve got you covered!
The Twilight Re-Vamp facial is a treatment that re-creates eternal youth and gives you bright beautiful skin that the Mythical Vampire is said to have. During this treatment a small blood sample is taken from which the plasma is extracted and injected into specific areas of concern on your face. Platelets have wound healing properties as it produces collagen. The plasma is rich in platelets and this produces a lot of collagen making the skin look more youthful. This is followed by a soothing mask containing natural skin brighteners such as Arbutin. The whole treatment takes less than an hour.
With this treatment you can have as many sessions as you wish. The brightening effects are instant and the build-up of collagen will happen over a few weeks (the more treatments you have the more your skin will be boosted).
There are no risks to this treatment because it simply uses what you already have in your system. It’s a very natural alternative to the use of other injectables.
The Twilight Re-Vamp facial is perfect if you wish to improve your skin’s texture, improve pigmentation, target fine lines, help with dehydration and improve overall skin appearance.
We interviewed the lovely Dr Santhosh and asked a few more questions all about this treatment. Watch the video below to find out more.
(October & November only)
Book a course of 3 Plasma PRP facials (more commonly known as the Vampire Facelift) or her revolutionary Twilight Facials (the plasma treatment with a added brightening mask) and get one absolutely free.
Plasma PRP Facial Course (3 with 4th free) – £1200
Twilight Revamp Facial Course (3 with 4th free) – £150
Please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01342 301544 should you have any questions. We are always here to help!
xx The Enhance Team xx
Waxing VS Laser for your Hair removal
Quite often our clients ask for our advice on what is the best method of getting rid of unwanted hair. Waxing or laser? Both are very different methods that require a certain level of commitment, finance input and preparation. In this blog post we will explain how both methods work so that you can decide on which option is better for you.
Waxing is a well-known and more traditional semi-permanent option for removing unwanted hair from the root. This method involves applying warm or hot wax onto the area of unwanted hair.
Hot wax: used on the face, underarm and bikini area. Hot wax is especially suited for sensitive skin. It gives a better finish and is a more pain free wax, especially on intimate areas.
Strip wax: used on the legs, back and arms. Once applied the wax is then left to cool down and harden and a strip is applied. The wax is then pulled away with a quick movement which also pulls out the hair.
Normally new hair will not grow back in the waxed area for around 2-6 weeks. This depends on your natural hair growth cycle. Any area of the body can be waxed and if waxing is done regularly for several years permanent hair reduction may be achieved.
Here at Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty we use Waxperts as our choice of brand. With almost 10 years of experience and development we believe their wax is perfect for even the most sensitive skin or the strongest of hair types. Alongside this we use our honed technique and client care to minimise any discomfort and create the best experience possible for you. If you have ever thought of getting a wax then take the plunge today! You will not regret the decision if you have spent your whole life with the chore of shaving!!!
Preparation and Care
To achieve the best (smoothest) results we recommend you prepare your skin before your waxing appointment. Gently exfoliate your skin a day before waxing as exfoliation helps the wax grab hair instead of skin. Skip using harsh scrubs on the day of your waxing as it can really irritate your skin. Keep in mind that any inflammation or broken skin needs to be healed before you have your waxing treatment. Also ensure to moisturise well on the days before your appointment as healthy and hydrated skin helps the wax release easily and with less impact on the skin (Keep in mind that too much product can interfere with the grip of the wax so we advise not to moisturise on the day of your waxing appointment)
Another very important aspect of waxing is ensuring the hair is at a suitable length for your appointment. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to pick it up effectively, however don’t leave it too long as this could prevent wax from adhering and can make the experience more painful. The advice given from our therapists is to have a minimum of 3 weeks’ worth of growth before your appointment. We understand how difficult it is to leave previously shaved hair to grow out but we promise you it is the best option when it comes to your waxing results!
Last Few Tip’s
– Try not to schedule an appointment just before or after a day you plan to spend lots of time outside. If you get a sunburnt freshly waxed skin will be more sensitive and painful.
– If you are particularly sensitive to pain take an ibuprofen-based pill 1 hour before your appointment to reduce pain and inflammation
– We recommend for maintenance and care at home to use Waxpert Wonder Pads (available from the salon RRP £8.50) These pads can be used to prevent and treat ingrown hairs on any area of the body. The pads contain salicylic acid to combat unsightly lumps and bumps. Tough enough to achieve results whilst being gentle enough for daily use
Here at Enhance we offer 10% off any 3 or more areas waxed at one appointment. For more information on waxing treatment we offer visit our beauty page
If you would like a more permanent option for your hair removal then laser treatment is the best option for you. Like waxing, laser can remove hair on most areas of the body and can be used on a wide range of skin types. People see lasting results from as little as 6 sessions. Depending on your hair makeup, the area being treated and how effectively your body reacts to the treatment more sessions may be needed to achieve optimum results. Generally at Enhance we say that 6-8 sessions will be needed at 4-week intervals.
We are very proud to also be using the level 4 medical graded Cynosure Elite Technology for our laser hair removal treatments. Being one of the leading aesthetic lasers in its field across the world the machine is known for its efficiency and comfort. Our treatments are performed by Claire who is a recognised specialist with many years’ experience.
Preparation and Care
Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before deciding to go ahead with treatment ensure the practitioner you are having if fully trained. We see many clients coming in having had an unpleasant experience of laser treatment elsewhere needing treatment to fix the results.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the hairs’ roots which are temporarily removed with those methods of hair removal.
You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and the UV exposure can lead to complications after treatment (including burning of the skin)
Just before the procedure your hair will be trimmed to a few millimetres above the skin’s surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the colour, thickness, and location of the hair being treated as well as your skin colour.
Following the treatment your skin surrounding the areas treated may feel slightly tender and red. To help with this we recommend using a cooling moisturiser such as Aloe Vera (keep it in the fridge to intensify its comforting effects). Wash the treated area daily with warm water and avoid using any deodorants or perfumed products as this may cause aggravation. It is also very important to use an SPF of over 25 on the area. Not doing so can lead to pigmentation occurring due to stimulation of the pigment cells (melanocytes).
Special Offers for Laser at Enhance include:
Buy any Hollywood, Brazilian or 1/2 Arm Course of Laser and get an added course of underarm for free as part of your treatment (worth £300)
Get 20% off any 2 or more courses of laser when purchased together upfront
Lower Legs or Upper Legs Course plus Brazilian Course for only £999 (over £150 off original package price)
Lower legs or Upper Legs Course plus Hollywood Course for only £1,099 (over £150 off original package price)
2 Part Payment option when purchasing courses
Wishing you all a wonderful month back to routine and we hope to see you soon
xx The Enhance Team xx
3 Tips For Beautiful & Healthy Skin This Summer
Dehydration is one of the most common concerns that our therapists notice on our client’s skin. Summer can be a very tough season for our skin as we are usually exposed to more sun, humidity and activities with family which can result in more sweating. These all have an impact on our skin’s health and appearance. Today we are sharing a few very simple yet effective ways to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Dehydration can cause itchy patches, dull, flaky skin, sensitivity and dark circles under your eyes. Keeping hydrated is a must not just for your skin, but your overall health in general especially during the summer months.
On very hot days it is beneficial having a face mist on hand, as it’s a great way to ensure hydration at any time of the day. A mist is a toner enriched with essential oils and flower water to refresh and comfort your skin. Over the years face mists have become a very popular way to freshen up on the go. A great option for this is ESPA’s Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer.
Water is also a fantastic way to keep yourself feeling fresh whilst also helping wash toxins out of your body. If, however you don’t fancy drinking plain water a great option is to prepare fruit infused water. Not only do you get the benefit of a delicious tasting drink, but you will also intake lots of vitamins and minerals. Here are a few great ideas for refreshing and tasty infused water recipes.
Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to exfoliate. This removes all the dry and dead skin built up from a busy day out, as well as improving the absorption of moisturising products you are using on your skin. We recommend exfoliating at least once a week (but not more than twice) to ensure that your skin benefits fully, by looking and feeling rejuvenated. Our favourite is ESPA’s Refining Skin Polish which is a deeply cleansing, super fine exfoliator to help smooth and add radiance to dull or congested skin.
Healthy from within
You are what you eat!! When thinking about glowing and healthy skin keep in mind that good nutrition can really help nourish your skin. Enjoy smoothies, fresh juices and consume lots of seasonal vegetables and salads. This will clear your body from toxins and keep your skin hydrated.
We also recommend using the fantastic skincare specific supplement SKINADE. This vitamin enriched drink supports the skin all over your body and works from the inside out. It will work to rebuild and strengthen the collagen matrix below the skin’s surface and boost natural levels of hydration.
Drinking Skinade daily results in firmer, more toned, hydrated, radiant and healthier looking skin. Here are a few short clips for more information on how Skinade works.
We hope this blog post was helpful and gave you some good tips that you can easily implement into your daily routine. If you have any more questions or concerns on your skin health or any products mentioned in this post, please give us a call and book in your Free Skin Vision Analysis with one of our wonderful therapists.
Wishing you a wonderful last month of Summer
xx The Enhance Team xx