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The most common after-effect is redness of the skin that can last for a day or so.
No. Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly and is minimized by Candela’s DCD cooling. 
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid plucking, electrolysis or hair waxing for one week prior to treatment. Also, any hair should be completely removed by shaving, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics,or self tanning products before laser treatment. The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 14 days prior to treatment. Before laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sun block (SPF 30 or above).
The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat. Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD™) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen.
 
This depends on a number of factors  - the area of your body being treated, the thickness of your hair ,the growth phase your hair is in and any medical conditions. This will be discussed in the personalised consultation.

Normally, we advise a course of 6 treatments  you will see an improvement from the very first session.  Sometimes top-up treatments may be required. Each session can leave you hairfree for up to 9 weeks.
In order to understand the laser hair removal process and how some lasers can remove hair, it is important not only to consider the structure of a growth cycle of the hair, but also the colour of the hair. The colour of the hair depends on the presence of a pigment known as Melanin. Melanin is produced by pigment-forming cells (or melanocytes), which are found in the hair bulb. The ultimate colour of the hair is determined genetically and by the type of melanin produced by the melanocytes. The best results also occur when there is plenty of target pigment melanin in the hair and therefore white, blonde and grey hair cannot be treated.
Hair’s active re-growth phase is called anagen and during anagen, the hair contains an abundance of melanin. Catagen is the regression phase when the lower part of the hair stops growing but is not shed, and the follicle is reabsorbed. The resting phase is called telogen, when the old hair falls out in preparation for the development of new hair. Laser only destroys hairs when they are in the growth phase. At any one moment 20% of hairs are resting or dormant. Repeated sessions will treat these hairs when they re-enter the growth phase. Afterwards you may experience what appears to be the re-growth of hair where in fact, this is hair being shed as a result of the treatment and you should not wax or pluck at this stage, although shaving is acceptable. The hairs will fall out naturally after treatment over the coming 1 – 2 weeks. The results are accumulative and much more visible after a couple of treatments.
Any redness and swelling should resolve within a few hours. The hair may appear to continue to grow after the treatment, but is in fact shedding. This can take from 1-4 weeks and the hair will then fall out and re-growth is usually slower, softer, finer, lighter and slightly patchy. This is because the hairs that were actively growing when you received your treatment have been damaged or destroyed. After each treatment progressively more unwanted hairs are destroyed, with the hair free areas becoming larger and more apparent.
Treatments are performed by trained personnel. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. We will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small hand piece. Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short pulse of cooling spray. A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area and condition being treated.
Your free of charge consultation will give you the opportunity to come in and talk to us about the treatment process and what it involves.  It also allows us to look at the area you want treating and give a more accurate idea as to the likely number of treatments involved and potential cost.  You can ask any questions you may have in relation to the treatment, You can then go away and make an informed decision as to whether you wish to proceed with treatment.  Whether you decide to go ahead or not, the consultation is completely free of charge.
After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sun block (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers.
No, you can resume your usual activities after treatment.  Your skin may appear slightly pink and feel warm and tingly immediately after treatment.  During your initial consultation we will advise you of the aftercare information.  We want to ensure you achieve the best results possible and look after your skin.

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