Thyme Laser and Beauty has partnered with Lynton (the UK’s number one laser and IPL manufacturer and leading NHS supplier) to bring you safe and highly effective permanent hair reduction. Lynton have over 23 years’ experience manufacturing a broad range of aesthetic technologies and have won multiple awards for the quality, safety and clinical results achievable with their equipment.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
Light from the laser is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells.
AM I SUITABLE FOR TREATMENT?
Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Fair hair however, contains less melanin and is harder to treat. At your initial consultation we will ascertain if the treatment will be successful for you. Please note that as grey/white hair has no melanin so will not be suitable for laser hair removal.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy, but this usually subsides within a few hours. Unwanted reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
The laser gives the ability to carry out hair removal for ALL skin types and treatments can be carried out ALL year round.
The Initia has IceTip Technology which continuously cools the skin during the treatment, dramatically reducing discomfort and aiding the ‘Pain Free` mode….and it really is pain free! This can be used on larger areas such as legs, back and chest, but also the bikini line and underarms.
The Initia diode laser has ultra-fast treatment times. It shoots up to 4 times per second meaning a full leg can be treated in around 30-45mins and full body hair removal in around 90mins.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat, but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs shed after 1 – 3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by the new epidermis. Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 4 – 8 weeks, depending on the area treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The required number of treatments varies, but typically 6 or more treatments are needed for optimum results.
It is important not to pluck, tweeze, wax or use hair removal creams during the four weeks before treatment. It is also recommended to use sunscreen (min. SPF 30) for four weeks following treatment.