SHR Hair Reduction
Super Hair Removal, also known as SHR, is one of the newest forms of permanent laser hair removal, offering a quick and easy way to become hair free. SHR combines laser technology and pulse light to achieve almost painless results for the reduction of most types of hair and is safe on all skin types. It works with a revolutionary approach where it fires multiple shots but at low Joules (energy) rather than bombarding your skin with high amounts of Joules. This energy slightly heats the hair follicles in the skin’s sub dermal layer and thermally destroys it whilst the low heat settings mean that the skins surface remains cool and undamaged. SHR is different from the traditional IPL and laser as it targets the hair germ cells and blood supply that feeds it. It does not rely solely on the colour (pigment) of the hair to effectively destroy the targeted hair. The most you will feel is warmth and a tingling sensation. SHR also utilises In-Motion technology, where the hand piece is always in motion over the skin.
Depending on your skin and hair type, it is normally recommend that it takes 6-8 SHR treatments before you will see a permanent reduction in the level of hair re-growth.
Benefits of SHR hair removal include a safe, effective method of laser hair removal that is provided in a quick and pain free experience. For one small body part SHR takes 5 to 15 minutes and a larger area can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes.
Differences between IPL AND SHR wave lengths
With hair reduction treatments, other systems use the 640-1200 nm wavelengths. We use the professional 430-590nm wavelength as the hair follicle does not need such broad light spectrum. The precise wavelength will not only improve results, it will also reduce the level of pain during the treatment.
The SHR hand piece delivers light energy that gradually heats the skin by pulse stacking or a sliding technique until the ideal amount of energy is delivered to the hair root. This new technology heats the follicle for longer and more gently. This means the hair germ cells and blood supply are directly targeted.
Hair follicles are not damaged by a single high energy pulse as in laser or IPL but by repetitive application of low energy pulses that raise the temperature of the dermis gradually and for longer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a consolation and patch test?
Most definitely - We require all clients to have an extensive consultation. The patch test costs £25 but this will be refunded when you pay for your first treatment. The consultation is free and will cover:
- Recording all medical history and conditions
- Assess if the treatment is appropriate for you
- Explain the IPL process
- Advise pre and post treatment care instructions
- Perform a test patch. This will allow you to feel the laser o n your skin and we can see how your skin respond (there is a charge of £25 for the patch test which will be refunded when you pay for the first treatment).
- Advice on the cost of treatment if needed.
Is it safe?
IPL Hair reduction is the most popular aesthetic treatments for hair reduction. When combining medically graded and FDA approved technologies with qualified Skin and Laser Specialists, laser hair reduction is very safe. From the clinical studies undertaken, SHR has been proven to be the safest method of light based hair reduction for all skin types. Melanin found within darker skin is known to be much more sensitive to the heat when used in light based treatments. There are no such issues presented with this option. I am fully trained and have IPL and laser safety certification. I provide an extensive consultation process to assess suitability, reduce any risk and to provide the best possible results. My machine is both FDA and CE approved.
Is preparation required for my treatment?
In order for the treatment to be as successful as it possibly can be there are a few requirements to take on board:
- Please ensure the area to be treated is free from ALL topical solutions
- Shaving is required 12-24 hours prior – any sooner can result in heightened sensitivity during the process
- Avoid exposure to the sun for 30 days before treatment – whilst tanned skin is absolutely fine to work with, the tan cannot be active in order to achieve maximum results Cease use of tanning creams 30 days before treatment
- Avoid bleaching, plucking, waxing, epilation and any other forms of hair removal for 4 weeks prior
- Do not use essential oils 48 hours prior
- Depilatory creams should be avoided 30 days before treatment commences
- Cold sore medication can be taken five days before and five days after treatment
- Should you be on antibiotics it is recommended to leave a two week gap between taking them and starting treatment
How does the treatment feel?
The SHR machine filters out unnecessary wavelengths which are not needed which makes the treatment very comfortable and almost painless. Most people say it just feels like a pleasant warm massage.
Which areas can be treated?
SHR is safe for all skin types and all hair types can be treated, including some blonde, grey and finer hairs. It can even be used on tanned skin. We recommend however that you are not actively tanning at the time of your treatment. Blonder, lighter and grey hairs are more difficult to treat and may need more treatments but we can test an area prior if needed to ensure our treatment is suitable.
How many treatments will I need?
Most people vary in the number of treatments required, this does depend on where their hair cycles are when we first start but usually most people need 6 to 8 treatments to achieve optimum results, though hair will be reduced and become finer from the very first treatment. People suffering from hormone imbalances may require more treatments. For some, a yearly maintenance treatment may be required.
How often do I need to come in?
We usually space our treatments 4 to 8 weeks apart depending on the areas we treat. Most people are either 4 or 6 weeks on the facial areas or 6 to 8 weeks on the body. As the hair slows down and becomes finer we usually space out your sessions.
Will the hair grow back?
The quick answer is no. However between 6 to 10 sessions are normally needed. Once the hair follicle has been destroyed it cannot grow new hair. Sometimes there may be the odd hair germ cells that manage to partially escape the laser during each treatment. Some of these follicles may only be stunned and will need to be retreated. It is also possible to have new hair growth triggered if you go through any hormonal changes such as starting or stopping contraceptive pills, pregnancy, the menopause, changes in medications or long term stress. It is rare but it can happen. It’s also not unusual for some patients to have a touch-up two years after initial treatment due to hormonal changes.
Why do I need 6+ treatments?
Hair growth occurs in 4 stages: Early Anagen (early hair growth), Anagen (active hair growth), Catagen (regression) and Telogen (resting, not growing). IPL and Laser hair removal only affects the Anagen stage (actively growing hair). Therefore, approximately twenty-five-percent of hair is removed with each treatment. A few treatments are therefore required for the treatment area to be hair free.
How long does it take to see the results?
It usually takes 14 days to 3 weeks before the hair is actually shed, sometimes this cannot be visually seen as with older lasers that burn the hair off, this is a gradual reduction done is the safest and more clinically proved way. Until that time it may appear as if it is still growing as the hair is pushed to the surface and eventually falls out of the hair follicle. Often the hair can fall out in the shower or when you are exfoliating or shaving your skin. Facial hair can take 7-10 days to fall our while body hair may take 2-3 weeks.
Should I shave before the treatment?
Shaving the day before your treatment is recommended and you may shave again twenty-four hours after treatment unless you are told otherwise. For the face, it is best to leave the area untouched for your first treatment or only use hair removal creams specifically for sensitive skin at least 5 days prior. Please call or ask us in your consultation if you have any concerns regarding this.
Do not use tweezers, wax, electrolysis, thread or bleach for at least 4 weeks prior to your first treatment. Only trimming with a scissors or shaving is recommended.
What should I do during the treatments?
Please avoid the following activities on the day of your treatment and following 48 hours:
- The use of strong exfoliator creams
- Swimming pools and spas
- Exercise activities that cause excessive perspiration like the gym
- Sun exposure for the first 5 days
- Deodorants for 24hrs prior and after each treatment to the underarms.
Please avoid the following activities in between treatments:
- Avoid Solariums or applying fake tan 5 days prior. We do recommend that you don’t actively tan during your sessions.
- Avoid exfoliants during the first week after your treatment.
- Direct Sun exposure (apply SPF 30 + sunscreen) on areas being treated)
- Long term sun beds (cover all areas being treated for safety reasons)
- We will provide you with an aftercare sheet on your first visit. Please talk to your laser technician at any time if you have any questions.
Will my medication affect my treatments?
Certain medications may affect your IPL treatment if they are photosensitive (such as Roaccutane, Retin A or doxycycline which can cause potential burns or pigmentation). If you are taking any medications it is best to advise your IPL and laser technician so that we can ensure the safest possible treatment results for you. Depending on your medication we may suggest performing treatments at least 6 months after you have finished your course of tablets.
Will SHR IPL work if I have a hormonal condition?
Yes Females who are experiencing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or any hormonal conditions can achieve excellent results, though it may take a little longer and touch up treatments will be required every 3 to 6 months as ongoing maintenance. We can assess if our treatments will be suitable for you in your consultation.
Should I have SHR IPL if I am pregnant?
SHR hair removal treatments are becoming more popular, because they are very safe people often think it is ok to have treatments done while pregnant or breast feeding. We don’t recommend you start treatments until 6 months after your baby is born, for safety and hormonal reasons.
What is the aftercare routine?
- Soothing lotions such as Aloe Vera can be used should any redness or swelling occur (this may feel like mild sunburn) - this is highly unlikely.
- Mineral makeup may be used immediately after the treatment unless there is epidermal blistering
- It is recommended to avoid perfumes and deodorants for 24 to 48 hours after a treatment
- Hot baths, saunas, Jacuzzi, massage or athletic activities are best avoided for 2 to 3 days after treatment
- Post treatment sun exposure is not recommended and due to increased skin sensitivity and the risk of causing hyperpigmentation. We suggest a factor 30+ to be on the safe side alongside no sunbeds for 4 days
- Anti-histamines are perfect for alleviating any itches that rarely arise
- Avoid skincare containing AHA, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Retinoic Acid (Retina A) for 3-5 days after treatment
- Do not use any other hair removal treatment methods (waxing, electrolysis or tweezing) that will disturb the hair follicle at the treatment area for 4-6 weeks after treatment.
- Shaving or depilatories may be used.
- Hair regrowth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for AT LEAST three weeks after treatment. Anywhere from 5 to19 days after the treatment, shedding of the surface hair may occur and this appears as new hair growth. This is NOT new hair growth. You can clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth or Loofa sponge.
- After the underarms are treated, use a powder, instead of deodorant, for 24 hours after the treatment to reduce skin irritation.
- Treat the skin gently, as if you had sunburn, for the ﬁrst 24 hours.