When you look at a man’s or a woman’s face, there is one physical feature you notice almost straight away: facial hair. Men often have a lot of it, women usually don’t. Even if you shave every day, you’ll still have a beard shadow. This can be annoying, especially if you’re about to undergo, or have recently undergone, facial feminization surgery. What can you do about it? Permanent hair removal takes you a step closer to your true identity. It is a treatment that is visible to you and all those around you. There are two different ways to remove unwanted hair: electrolysis hair removal and laser hair removal.
During the treatment, the laser sends a pulse through the hair follicle. The pigment in your hair follicle absorbs this pulse. The resulting heat destroys the hair. The more pigment there is, so the darker the colour of your hair, the more successful the treatment. Your skin shouldn’t contain too much pigment, otherwise it will become damaged. Laser treatment is therefore more effective for white skin. In addition to your skin tone and hair colour, there are two other factors for good results: the length of time the hair follicle is heated by the pulse and the temperature of the pulse. A combination of both factors is needed in order achieve the desired result. If the hair follicle is penetrated by the pulse for the right amount of time and at the right temperature, the hair will be removed.
The same applies for laser hair removal as for electrolysis hair removal: the hair is only removed if it is at the right stage of the growth cycle. This consists of the growth phase, the transitional phase and the resting phase. It is most effective during the growth phase. The beautician cannot change the growth cycle, so the treatments have to be repeated for those hairs that were not in the right phase.
You can discover the most important information by downloading this Laser hair removal summary.
The number of treatments required to permanently remove hair differs from person to person and depends on:
At 2pass Clinic, we see this treatment as a way to permanently reduce and temporarily remove your hair. With a bit of luck, some of your dark hairs will be permanently removed.
The ideal candidate is someone with light skin and dark hair. The less pigment in the skin and the more pigment in the hair, the better. Who is not a good candidate? People with dark skin, tattoos, (light) blonde, red or grey hair. In such cases, we recommend electrolysis hair removal treatment.
At 2pass Clinic, we use a diode laser for your laser hair removal treatment. Each pulse of the laser takes only a fraction of a second but it can target multiple hairs at the same time. Each pulse can cover an area the size of a €1 coin. The major advantage is that it is relatively painless.
As we already mentioned, this differs from person to person. On average, four to twelve treatments are required to obtain the desired result. A treatment session lasts between 15 minutes and 1.5 hours, depending on the area being treated.
Five to six treatments, with 30-day intervals so that the skin can recover, is usually enough for small skin surfaces such as your face, forearms or bikini line. Large surfaces such as the legs, chest and back require more intensive treatments with six to eight weeks of rest between each session.
At 2pass Clinic, the treatment is carried out by Evy Vertonghen. Evy graduated from Denise Grésiac in Antwerp, a well-known school for beauticians. She then completed an intensive training course to allow her to specialize in electrolysis hair removal and laser hair removal.
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During your first treatment, Evy will look at your skin tone and your hair pigment. During your first consultation, a patch test may be performed if there is doubt about your skin type. Our specialists use the results from this test to adjust the laser settings to suit your skin so that the treatment can be performed safely. They will then draw up a plan that meets your personal needs. So before your treatment, don’t remove your facial hair or body hair, to make it easier for them to design your personalised treatment.
After the first treatment you will know what is going to happen and how many treatments you will have. Before your first treatment you should keep in mind the following:
And what happens after your treatment?
On the day of your laser treatment, your skin may be red and swollen. This varies from one person to another and it is temporary. The treated skin surface may be painful. This pain does not last longer than two days. The hair starts to fall out during the days following your laser treatment. After your laser hair removal, you should definitely remember the following:
Laser first? The simple rule is: Do laser first if you have dark hair and light skin. If you have dark skin or light hair, skip laser and do electrolysis from the start.
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