Hair Removal

The concept of removing unwanted hair from various areas on the body, quickly, easily, effectively and with minimal discomfort, has been a dream for many people. Through the use of medical lasers and intense pulsed light, this is no longer a concept, but a reality.

The intense pulsed light or laser emits light at a wavelength that is targeted at melanin. Melanin is the material that gives color to our skin and hair. The intense pulsed light laser beam is able to pass through the skin and can be absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. Therefore, the ideal candidate for this procedure would have “light skin and dark hair”. It is important not to have a tan while being treated with most lasers. However, the intense pulsed light can be used safely in dark skin.

It is important to understand the hair growth cycle to appreciate how this technology works. At any given time, a certain percentage of hairs are in the “resting” phase. The laser will not be effective on these hairs, which is why multiple treatments will be necessary in each area for the maximum result. Subsequent treatments can be done as soon as further hair growth appears. Due to the variation in the number of hairs in the resting phase, certain parts of the body will respond more rapidly and others take much longer to show the effects.

Treatment can take from minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the treatment area. There is a mild discomfort during either type of treatment and a topical numbing cream can be used prior to the session. There may be some irritation of the skin for a few days but no special after care is required. Areas to be treated should not be waxed or plucked. Two to three millimeters of stubble of hair growth is ideal for the treatment session. If you are unable to shave yourself and apply numbing cream, we can do it for you on the day of the treatment, just plan to arrive one hour early.

At this stage of development of laser hair removal, it is not possible to say that all the hairs will be permanently eradicated. As with many medical treatments, some people respond in a dramatic fashion and others do not. Many patients report being thrilled with the improvement even though it may be less than complete. In certain areas, the decrease in the number and texture of hairs has given a very gratifying result.

It is important that each patient be properly evaluated prior to laser or light treatment for hair removal and we look forward to doing this with you.   Please spend a few moments to review our site.

  • Inform us about any allergies, any serious medical condition(s), and all medications you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines for two weeks prior to surgery.
  •  It is advisable to avoid the intake of alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.

The first stage of the operation is concerned with establishing the perfect donor area, which is located in non-balding sections either at the back or sides of the head. A strip of hair bearing skin, the size of which varies depending on the bald area to be covered but which generally results in between 400 – 800 grafts, is then removed from the donor area. Once this has bee done the area is closed with fine stitches that produce an equally fine hairline scar.

A number of very tiny incisions equal to the number of prepared hair grafts are then made in the bald area of the patient’s scalp and the hair grafts transplanted at a ratio of one graft to one incision. Great care is taken to ensure that the incisions are placed in such a way as to create an extremely natural appearance. The natural appearance is further enhanced by the use of single grafts only along the hairline and bigger grafts at the back of the head for the purpose of creating hair density in this area.

The length of the procedure is of course dependant on the size of the area to be covered however it usually takes between two to five hours although some exceptionally long procedures have been known to last as much as seven hours.

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  • As the surgery is performed under local anaesthetic you will be free to leave after completion of the procedure and will be driven back to your hotel.
  •  A long lasting local anaesthetic is generally used to ensure that the patient will be free of pain for four to six hours after the procedure. Thereafter either a strong analgesic or anti inflammatory (or a combination of both) will be prescribed to minimize any further potential pain or discomfort.
  • As a rule patients experience very little discomfort in the recipient area following surgery, most discomfort coming from the donor area. This however seldom lasts more than a couple of days.
  • Fortunately there is no bruising associated with hair transplant surgery. However you will more than likely experience a certain amount of initial swelling in the forehead area and around the eyes (particularly if extensive work has taken place in the vicinity of your hairline). This will neither look nor feel great but will soon settle.
  • Your scalp will be sore for a least a day. For some people, the discomfort lasts several days. You can carefully rinse but not vigorously wash your hair for the first ten days. If you are not careful, the grafts may become dislodged, bleed, and fail to grow new hair. You may brush or comb your hair where your surgery wasn’t done. Also you can use a gentle blow dryer on a cool setting to dry your hair.