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FAQ about Hair Removal

Is it necessary to have a preliminary test ?

No, such a test is not mandatory. However, the doctor may suggest one during your initial visit depending on your skin and the treatment planned. It will be performed free of charge.

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How many sessions should I expect, and how often ?

For hair removal, an average of five or six sessions is generally needed to obtain long-lasting satisfactory results. Most usually, the second session is scheduled one month after the first, and the third session two months later ; further treatment is scheduled only in the case of new hair growth. .

Is there such a thing as permanent hair removal ?

Given the present state of knowledge and the experience of medical teams in this type of treatment, it is now possible to confirm that hairs treated by laser do not grow back. The difficulty resides in the completeness of the treatment. Certain patients may have persistent hairs which can be eliminated by thermolysis.

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Is it really necessary to go to a medical laser centre to have hair removed by laser ?

It is the only place where you will find all the best conditions to obtain quality results : a medical team skilled in laser technology, accustomed to performing these procedures and able to offer you follow-up care when necessary.
A diversified technical platform, perfectly maintained by the manufacturers, ensures your safety and the effectiveness of the care offered.

How can I be sure that the equipment is effective and safe ?

Several categories of equipment are available on the market. But only Class-4 lasers, reserved for doctors, ensure long-lasting results. There is an analogous classification for flashlamps (IPL). By choosing to be treated at the Centre Laser Sorbonne you are assured of having doctors specialized in vascular and dermatological laser technology, who have at their disposal a whole range of equipment that is new, well maintained and thoroughly tested by them.

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Why should I choose a doctor for laser hair removal ?

The effective lasers available on the market are powerful and may be dangerous if non-specialists operate them or set the parameters. .

Do lasers cause any side effects ?

The more complete your doctor’s mastery of the equipment, the less the chance of side effects. In any case they are limited and usually reversible. This is why you should follow the advice that your future doctor gives you during your initial free session at the Centre. It is always possible to receive slight burns on the surface of the skin in the form of light scabs. These may appear 48 hours after the session and will disappear without a trace within two weeks. More rarely, reactions involving hyper- or hypo-pigmentation may be observed on the area treated. These are also reversible. However, it is important to distinguish normal effects of treatment from side effects. It is normal to experience skin redness and a hot sensation on the area treated, both of which disappear in a few hours. In addition, cooling techniques make it possible to considerably reduce these temporary effects. Laser treatment is generally performed in conjunction with a cooling of the epidermis.

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Are there any counter-indications for laser and flashlamp (IPL) treatment ?

In general, patients are strictly advised not to expose areas to be treated to the sun and, a fortiori, not to undergo UV treatment. Depending on how tanned your skin is, the doctor will determine with you the date when your treatment may begin upon your first appointment. Likewise, the recent use of self-tanning products or suntan activators is incompatible with undertaking treatment.

I am under eighteen. Is it alright for me to begin laser hair removal ?

Yes, this is possible. But you must bring a letter of permission from your parents to your first appointment.

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I am pregnant. Can I undergo laser treatment ?

Although no studies are available, as an obvious legal precaution your doctor will advise you not to undergo laser treatment during pregnancy..

What general precautions should I take ?

Make a point of mentioning to the doctor any medical problems that you may be subject to. Precautions should be taken if you are epileptic or diabetic, or if you have immunosuppressive or hormonal problems or a condition affecting blood coagulation, skin healing (keloids) or porphyria cutanea. These conditions do not necessarily present an obstacle to your being treated, but your doctor will need to discuss them with you.
Finally, certain local conditions may prove to be a temporary or permanent impediment to treating an area of your body, for example, herpes, beauty spots or wounds.
At your first appointment it is important to tell the doctor about any medications you may be taking, as some may be photosensitive.

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Can anybody undergo hair removal by laser or flashlamp (IPL) ?

The darker the hair and the lighter the skin, the better the results of laser treatment. However, the Centre is also equipped with a flashlamp (IPL) and a special laser for dark skins. At your first appointment the doctor will explain to you the results that you can expect, depending on the nature of your skin and hair.

Why are men and women priced differently for laser treatment ?

The price of a session depends on the size of the surface treated, which explains why the price is slightly higher for men in the case of certain treatments, for example, hair removal.

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