Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together a list of questions we are most frequently asked, if you don't find your question answered on this page please contact us.
How is the treatment carried out?
The applicator (handpiece) is placed in contact with the skin after ultrasound gel is applied, and the light pulsed through it onto the skin. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated.
Why is gel used?
It is necessary to apply a thin layer of gel to the skin before treatment to assure an optimal optical transmission of light from applicator to the skin.
Does it hurt?
As the light energy is absorbed by the pigments (melanin and haemoglobin), the sensation depends upon the concentration of melanin in the epidermis and the hairs combined. Consequently, it hurts more in dark skinned people and those with dense, dark hairs. No anaesthesia is required, and most patients describe the sensation as moderate and acceptable (as if a rubber in snapped against the skin).
Is It safe?
The visible light is completely safe so no special precautions are needed apart from glasses for the brightness. The skin of some patients becomes slightly red straight after treatment and very rarely small blisters can occur. However, most patients experience no side effects at all, and the described skin reactions usually disappear within a few hours.
This treatment is non-invasive, the Pulsar system has pre-programmed treatment suggestions for different skin and hair types thus allowing the energy levels to be adjusted for the patient’s individual needs.
How long does the treatment take?
A facial treatment takes as little as 15 minutes whereas multiple large areas of the body can take approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair in the growth phase can be treated (anagen), the number of hairs in this phase will vary.
For most patients (unless there is a hormone imbalance) up to eight treatments with a two or three month interval is sufficient to remove virtually all hairs on the body. After the first treatment most, patients will get a significant reduction in hair density.
How do I prepare for treatment?
Hairs should be shaved before treatment and be longer than 1 to 2mm for maximum transmission of energy. Do not wax, pluck or epilate in any way as hair needs to be intact for the light to target them. Patients should not use sunbeds, self-tan lotions or expose the skin to sun preferably 30 days before treatment. Wearing a high SPF sunscreen is recommended if daily sun exposure can not be avoided. Please do not apply deodorant, perfumed products, make up or aromatherapy products on the day of treatment.