Laser Hair Removal by Formalight
What Can Formalight Be Used For?
- Hair removal of any kind
- Skin rejuvenation on the face
- Acne and associated scarring
- Vascular or pigmented lesions
Each of these problems can be quite draining to your self-confidence and leave you with visible cosmetic conditions that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. When this problem occurs you should really consider looking into treatment with Skindeep Laser Clinic. We can provide you with all the help that you need in getting the treatment booked in and started with the help of medical experts who know just what they are doing.
Using what is known as an Ultra Short Pulse tech, you can easily transform your looks with an effective treatment program that changes to fit your own skin type. With complete control over the width and the power of the pulse, we can adapt your body to make the changes that you feel most uncomfortable about.
The following instructions should be followed closely to make sure that your next treatment can go ahead as planned. Please note that some conditions are not suitable for IPL Treatments, such as Light-Induced Epilepsy, Porphyria, and pregnant women. Persons taking photo-sensitive medication or undergoing treatment for certain medical conditions may also not be suitable for IPL treatment. Red, white, and blonde hair cannot be treated due to the lack of melanin.
Before Your Treatment
- Do not expose the skin to UV light (sun exposure or the use of tanning beds) or self tan (lotions, gels, spray etc) for at least 4 weeks before and/or between your IPL treatments.
- Do not depilate with waxing, plucking, or threading before and/or between IPL treatments. shaving is preferred. Please do not touch the hair growth for 2 days before your next appointment so that the hair growth can be noted. Please note that hair may be trimmed by the therapist prior to the treatment.
- Do not use bleaching creams, or perfumed products (e.g. aromatherapy oils) for 24-48 hrs before treatment sessions.
- Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before an IPL treatment session.
- Avoid exfoliating, microdermabrasion, or peels for 1 week before treatment sessions.
- Keep the area to be treated clean and dry.
- Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water.
- Protect the skin from sun exposure with suitable clothing and use of sun block SPF 30+ before first treatment and between subsequent treatment sessions.
- Before your next IPL treatment session you should:
- Avoid wearing tight clothing.
- Do NOT use sun-blocking creams within 24 hrs of scheduled treatments.
- Avoid wearing lotions or perfumed products on the skin on day of treatment.
- Avoid wearing dark/black underwear for underarm or bikini treatments.
After Your Treatment
- Do not expose skin to UV light (sun exposure or the use of tanning beds) for the duration of your course of treatments as actively tanned skin cannot be treated. You must wait at least 4 weeks(and up to 6) after tanning to have another IPL treatment.
- Do not use any self tan products for at least 2 weeks after your treatment and at least 10 days before your next treatment.
- Do not shave for 48-72 hrs after your treatment. Leave the hairs in the follicles for at least 4 days after the treatment. This will help reduce any chances of an opportunistic infection in the damaged follicle. The hairs will drop out naturally over the following days and weeks. Please note that hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body.
- Do not use bleaching creams, or perfumed products for 24-48 hrs, and if possible avoid waxing. If you do wax, wait 7 days after the treatment.
- Do not pick or scratch the treated area.
- For Skin Rejuvenation darkening of pigmented areas is normal. They will reveal ‘new’ skin within 21 days and it is important to protect the skin and avoid UV for the duration of any IPL treatment course.
- Avoid rough handling of the area treated.
- Leave any skin responses alone (they are temporary and will subside).
- The area treated can be red, warm and bumpy for up to 24h hours after treatment. In some cases small blisters may appear. If this is uncomfortable you can cool the area with a cold flannel/ towel or some other means of cooling. It is advisable to avoid ice as this may cause an “ice burn”. You can apply the aftercare provided, but if any skin irritation occurs stop use immediately and contact your IPL therapist.
- Avoid very hot baths / showers / steam baths / sauna for 1 week, and NOT on the day of treatment. Hot and humid conditions can also aggravate the skin following the treatment.
- Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water, and exfoliating or peels for 1 week.
- Avoid rough sports for 24-48 hrs. Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing. Keep the area clean and dry.
- Use sun block (min SPF 30+) and consider using protective cotton gloves for driving, a hat to protect facial areas.
- Try to use cleansing products that have been developed for sensitive skin for 2 days after treatment. Be gentle when dry or rubbing the area treated.
- Always seek professional medical advice and contact your doctor immediately if any symptoms are of concern and for any questions if needed. Inform your therapist of any adverse reactions.
If you have any other questions or queries about our service, we would love to hear more from you about how we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Deep Suntan – either from natural sun, sun-beds or fake tan with lotions or spray (book your laser appointment at least 2 wks AFTER sun exposure as the laser is attracted to the melanin in suntanned skin)
- Photo-sensitive conditions
- Cancer, especially skin cancer or if undergoing chemotherapy treatment
- The recent or regular use of certain drugs- such as photosensitive antibiotics, anti-biotic creams or gels, Roaccutane, herbal St John’s Wort, anti-coagulants, Gold medications or Retin A prescribed by a GP
- Recent injectables or Botox in the area (1month apart from Laser treatment)
- Recent surgery in the area
- Healing Disorders- such as Diabetes Mellitus, lupus or radiation therapy or chemotherapy
- History of keloid scarring (thick dark scarring)
- Open wounds or lesions near the area
- Herpes Simplex (cold sores) we can treat you if a cold sore is not present, as long as you understand that laser can, in some instances, trigger the onset of a cold sore
- Lymphatic/Immune System disorders
- Psoriasis/Eczema in the area on the area to be treated
- Steroid Therapy
- Raised moles and Birthmarks at site of treatment
- Tattoos and Permanent Make-up in the area to be treated (These can be avoided if necessary)