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All You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal

When deciding on advanced skin treatments, it’s essential to do in-depth research into what you’re buying. 

Here at The Dorchester Clinic in Market Bosworth, we pride with giving our clients full transparency and honest answers when it comes to their treatments and wellbeing. 

Here are some of the most popular questions asked by current clients and also prospects, plus all the information about the procedure, what system we use and much more.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal works by passing a light beam through the unwanted hair area, which is then absorbed by the pigment (colour) within the hair shaft and hair follicle. This generates heat, which loosens the hair and disables the hair forming cells.

What System Do You Use?

Here at The Dorchester Clinic, we use the most advanced laser hair removal system – Soprano Ice Platinum.

What is Soprano ICE Platinum?

Soprano ICE Platinum is the latest generation of the award-winning Soprano laser hair removal system. It is the most complete and effective laser hair removal system available today.

Celebrating 10 years of award-winning success, Soprano ICE Platinum is the limited edition platform for 2016 featuring trio clustered diode technology. The Platinum edition combines 3 laser wavelengths into a single innovative handpiece, simultaneously targeting different tissue depths as well as anatomical structures within the hair follicle.

How is Soprano ICE Platinum different from other Soprano hair removal systems?

Soprano ICE is an advanced hair removal platform that incorporates multiple laser wavelengths and technologies. It offers power and versatility that allows you to treat the widest range of patients and hair types all year round.

Is hair removal with Soprano ICE Platinum really painless?

Soprano ICE Platinum uses Alma Laser’s SHR method, which is the only clinically proven method of laser hair removal that is virtually painless. The unique heating and energy delivery method effectively damage the hair follicle while preventing injury and pain to the surrounding tissue. At the same time, integrated ICETM tech cools the skin surface, preventing superficial burns and the sensation of pain.

At The Dorchester Clinic, all of our staff are highly professional and experienced and have been trained extensively to perform the treatments as quickly and as safe as possible. 

Is hair removal with Soprano ICE Platinum safe?

Absolutely. Soprano ICE’s SHR method has been proven in multiple clinical studies as the safest method of laser hair removal for all skin types. With SHR, hair follicles are damaged not by a single pulse of high energy which can injure the skin, but by repetitive short energy pulses. These pulses produce heat build-up, which gradually raises the temperature of the dermis to the level needed for preventing hair growth while minimising the risk of burns.

Is hair removal with Soprano ICE Platinum safe for dark skin?

Yes. While the melanin in dark skin is exponentially more sensitive to the heat used in laser treatment, Soprano ICE’s SHR method has been clinically proven to be safe for dark skin types. Rather than exposing the hair follicle to a single high energy pulse which can cause trauma to skin with a high melanin count, SHR gradually heats the skin until the required heat energy is delivered to the hair follicle. This makes SHR the safest laser hair removal option, including for dark-skinned patients.

I have very fine, super blonde hairs – WILL LASER WORK FOR ME? 

We tend to see the best results with darker hairs (e.g. brown and black). Soprano Ice works on blonde hairs too but the treatment length could be longer. We cannot treat red, white or grey hairs.

Can Soprano ICE Platinum be used in the summer and can it treat tanned skin?

Yes. Soprano ICE’s SHR method affects the melanin of the skin using a unique process, allowing the procedure to be performed anytime of the year as well as on tanned skin. Furthermore, sun exposure is less traumatic to the skin following SHR treatment.

Where can you have Laser Hair Removal?

At The Dorchester Clinic, we can treat the following areas:

  • Face 
  • Neck 
  • Chest 
  • Arms 
  • Underarms 
  • Back 
  • Legs 
  • Stomach 
  • Hands/Fingers
  • Toes
  • Peri-Anal
  • Bikini line/Brazilian/Hollywood

How long are treatment sessions with Soprano ICE Platinum?

While Soprano ICE Platinum offers the fastest laser hair removal solution available today, the duration of treatment can vary depending on the patient’s skin colour, hair type, and the area treated. Treatment time can range from a few seconds for a small area such as above the upper lip, to 8 minutes for the entire back.

How many treatments do patients typically need to see results?

Depending on the patient’s skin and hair type, results are typically seen following 6 to 8 treatment sessions.

How long do the results last?

Everyone should expect permanent hair reduction In the long term but results and the amount of sessions needed do vary from person to person as many factors such as hormonal changes, stress and certain medications can affect the hair growth. Some patients find that they shave or wax less often and need top-ups every 6-12 months, but in most cases, the hairs become soft and fine.

How much does it cost?

Costs for Laser Hair Removal at The Dorchester Clinic depend on the area being treated. You can view pricing for most popular areas here

How can I get started?

Before booking your treatment, you must first have a Virtual Consultation, where one of our expert practitioners will assess your medical history and suitability for the treatment. 

If all goes well, you’re then asked to attend an in-clinic appointment for a ‘patch test’. 

The purpose of the patch test is to determine if there is any reaction to the treatment. We would recommend waiting 24 hours after your patch test before undergoing your first laser hair removal treatment to ensure there is no adverse reaction.

Ready to take the step and be hair-free for life, without having to rely on painful and uncomfortable waxing and/or shaving? Then BOOK A CONSULTATION today and find out if Laser Hair Removal is the best option for you!

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