Am I The Right Candidate for Laser?

by Malcolm Willis

05 08, 2015 | Posted in Laser Hair Removal | 0 comments

When Doesn’t Laser Hair Removal Work?

It will not work on white or grey hair.  Redheads and light strawberry blondes have a different sort of melanin called phaeomelanin that makes it much less responsive and may require specialist lasers.  There is a very small group of patients with highly resistant hair follicles that necessitate the use of two or three different laser wavelengths to achieve anything like a satisfactory result.  A refund would be offered.  This situation is much less likely with the Soprano than other 810nm lasers or IPL machines because of its different method of action.   Surprisingly even many blondes get good results.  Sometimes it’s worth a couple of trial treatments to see if you respond.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Anyone with PCOS needs to accept that the concept of PERMANENT Hair Reoval does not apply to them  Long-term and very effectice hair reduction is nearly always possible but it will come back.  The underlying problem with PCOS is a condition called “insulin resistance” which is common in maturity onset diabetics, obesity, hypertension and infertility.

When shouldn’t I have treatment?

If you have recently been sun tanning we must know so as to reduce the power settings.

You will experience burns and permanent staining if you have an artificial spray tan.  4 weeks gap please.

If you are pregnant.

If you have active sores from herpes simplex.

If you are on any drug that can cause photosensitisation – the list is extensive but the most common ones we come across are the tetracyclines, ciprofloxacin, statins, NSAID’s, antifungals, diabetic drugs and perfumes.  An excellent reference is available through the following link http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1049648-overview. We will take a medical history and ask what drugs you may be on before treating you.

Laser Hair Removal using The Soprano is substantially pain free but pain thresholds are lower just before a period due to changes in hormones.

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