Laser Hair Removal

Everything you need to know about Laser Hair removal

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Soma Laser + Skincare Clinic has offered laser hair removal for over 10 years. The laser of choice is the medical Elysion-Pro Diode Laser System, which safely and effectively treats all skin types.

PRICING

AREA / These areas are treated every 4 weeks

  • Lip – R240
  • Chin – R240
  • Brows – R240
  • Cheeks – R370
  • Neck – R280-R500
  • Full Face – R650
  1. Please shave before your treatments
  2. Always use recommended sunscreen
  3. Men’s hair removal on consultation

AREA / These areas are treated every 6 weeks

  • Bikini 1  –  R660
  • Bikini 2  –  R850
  • Full bikini  –  R1,200
  • ½ Leg excluding knee  –  R1,650
  • ½ Leg  –  R2,000
  • Full leg  –  R3,500
  • Full arm  –  R1,500
  • Under arms – R550

PACKAGE OPTIONS AVAILABLE

  • Pay for 5 treatments and get 2 free.
  • ie. 1/2 leg laser session – R2,000 OR 7 treatments at R10,000 SAVE R4,000

Soma Laser and Skincare Clinic in Pretoria has been specialising in laser hair removal for men and women for many years. The Elysion-Pro Diode medical laser, the crystal freeze technology guarantees comfortable treatments while your skin remains protected. In response to the ever-increasing demand to remove unwanted hair on virtually any body area, the ability to offer superior results to the widest variety of patients is critical. At Soma Laser and Skincare Clinic we offer this to all of our clients! Briony Griffiths the owner, has over 8 years experience in laser hair removal.

how does a diode laser work?

Diode lasers use the principle of selective photothermolysis (abbreviated SPTL) to target specific chromophores in the skin, usually melanin or blood.  The lasers damage the chromophores by selectively heating them while leaving surrounding tissue unharmed.  When treating unwanted hair, for example, the melanin in the hair follicles is targeted and damaged which results in the disruption of hair growth and regeneration.  A diode laser can be complemented by cooling technology, or other pain reducing methods which improve treatment efficacy and patient comfort.

Elysion-Pro utilizes a new generation diode laser with significantly higher power rating, to remove hair, using ultra-short pulses. The hair gets heated more effectively, and therefore is killed off – not merely damaged – while the surrounding skin is not heated, so there is significantly less discomfort for the client.

While the laser runs hotter onto the hair follicles, the surrounding skin is cooled by Crystal Freeze technology.

This means you will have a much more comfortable experience, and no unpleasant side effects to your skin.

What’s more, Elysion-Pro is approved for use with all 6 classifications of skin types on the Fitzpatrick scale. That means more customers coming to you for treatments, whatever the season.

Hair Removal FAQS

 

How does the Elysion-Pro Diode for laser hair removal work?

The laser uses a light beam to target the pigment (melanin) in the hair. This creates heat which travels down the hair shaft, damaging the hair follicle and destroying its growth. However, surrounding tissue is not damaged. Hair has three stages of growth and all hair in the active stage at the time of treatment will be destroyed. The hair will slowly start to fall out, roots that have been destroyed in that session will not produce another hair.

What is the best time to start Laser Hair Removal?

With Elysion-Pro you can start anytime, all year long.

Am I suitable for Laser Hair Removal?

With Elysion-Pro we can treat every skin type (Fitzpatrick scale I-VI).

Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?

Elysion-Pro has a Crystal Freeze technology, so that the contact skin area is cooled down to 41 Fahrenheit. The treatment is not painful. However in some sensitive areas the treatment can feel like an elastic band snapping against the skin. 

Another factor for women can be the time of the month.

Some clients like to use local anesthetic cream prior to treatment, which can help for people with a low pain tolerance. However we don’t recommend using numbing cream: it reduces the feedback from the patient and adds costs to the procedure, both in materials and extra time.

Where on the body can you have Laser Hair Removal?

We can treat hair wherever it grows on the skin’s surface. We can treat intimate areas and hard-to-reach areas, and anywhere on the face and body, including legs, the bikini area, arms, back and chest. 

How many laser treatments are needed and how often?

Laser light targets only hair that is actively growing in the Anaphase. Therefore multiple treatments are necessary to be able to hit at other stages of growth. Treatment is conducted every 2-4 weeks on the face, and 4-8 weeks on the body. The required number of treatments varies, but usually 6-8 are needed for optimum results. Following that top-up treatments are required for most clients: typically 1 treatment, 6 months after a course, and then another 6 months following that.
This is because a percentage of hair on your body will be dormant throughout your laser sessions and therefore will not be hit with the laser. 

Men usually require more laser hair removal sessions than women, due to testosterone levels. Women with hormonal imbalances – a visible sign of this is hair appearing on the chin area – may also need more treatments. We ask clients in this case to have a blood test with their Doctor before commencing treatments. This allows us to give a better indication of expected results.  

So to put it simply: normally 4-6 sessions are needed to see significant results, with a few more to eliminate fine residual hair. Generally sessions are spaced between 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the area being treated. 

Are there any side effects to Laser Hair Removal treatment?

After each Laser Hair Removal treatment, you are likely to experience some redness, tingling and possibly some heat bumps on the treatment area. This is a sign of a successful treatment and usually subsides within a few hours. A few people experience itching some days later as the hair is pushed out. Stronger reactions are rare, but side effects can include blistering and hyper/hypopigmentation. This risk is greatly reduced when clients follow aftercare instructions and do not tan prior to and after treatments.

Laser Hair removal considerations

Blonde or gray/white hair is less responsive due to lack of ample pigment in the hair.

Sunscreen is recommended for any area treated that may be exposed to the sun.

Laser hair removal is an ongoing process that requires multiple sessions because it only affects actively growing hair, and not all hair follicles are active at the same time.

Occasionally patients may experience slight redness of the skin or mild swelling around the hair.

Who cannot be treated?
  • Anyone who takes medicine or herbs that make them sensitive to light
  • Anyone who has eczema on the area to be treated
  • Anyone who has epilepsy, lupus or porphyria
  • Anyone who has active herpes on the area to be treated
  • Pregnant women or women who are planning pregnancy
  • Anyone who has vitiligo spots on the area to be treated
  • A women who has given birth within the past month or is currently breastfeeding
  • A person who is prone to the formation of keloids
  • Anyone suffering from a tumor disease
  • A person taking anticoagulants
  • A person who has taken some kind of medicine for acne within the 6 months before the treatment

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