Frequently asked questions

SHR Laser Hair Removal

How does SHR Laser Hair Removal work?


SHR differs from traditional Laser/IPL it also targets the hair stem 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 follicle. New clinical research has shown that a slower and longer focused heating process by SHR is more effective for permanent hair reduction than high and short levels of energy used in traditional Laser/IPL systems. SHR Laser Hair Removal gradually heats the skin by an in motion or sliding technique until the ideal amount of energy is delivered to the hair follicle. This new technology heats the hair follicle gently and for longer. This means the hair stem cells and blood supply are directly targeted. Hair follicles are not damaged by a single high energy pulse as in traditional Laser/IPL but by repetitive application of low energy pulses that raise the temperature of the dermis gradually and for longer.




How does SHR Laser Hair Removal feel?


SHR technology filters out unnecessary wavelengths which are not needed making the treatment very comfortable and painless. Most people say it just feels like a warm shave or warm massage.




What skin and hair types can be treated with SHR Laser Hair Removal?


SHR Laser Hair Removal is safe for both lighter and darker skin types and most hair types can be treated, however it is not as effective in treating lighter hairs eg, grey or blonde hairs. Although SHR Laser Hair Removal is safe for both lighter and darker skin types, it is not suitable for extremely dark skin types e.g african skin.




How many treatments are needed with SHR Laser Hair Removal?


Visible results will vary depending on skin type, hair type, hormones and hair cycle. Initially 2-4 weekly treatments are recommended for the first 6-12 months for optimum results. Some clients experience visible results eg, slow in hair growth, finer hair growth or patchy hair growth after just 4-6 sessions. After completing a 6-12 month course, we recommend touch ups to be performed 6-12 weeks apart for optimum maintenance. During the first 6-12 months SHR Laser Hair Removal is recommended 2 weeks apart for facial hairs and 4 weeks apart for body hairs followed by 6-12 weekly touch ups depending on the areas to be treated. As the hair growth slows down, becomes finer and more patchy treatments can be more spaced out.




Can hair grow back after a series of SHR Laser Hair Removal?


Yes, new hair growth is triggered if you go through any hormonal changes such as starting or stopping contraceptive pills, pregnancy, menopause, changes in medications or long term stress.




How long does it take to see results with SHR Laser Hair Removal?


It usually takes ten days to two weeks before the hair sheds, however sometimes this cannot be visually seen as previously experienced with traditional Laser/IPL that burn the hair off with single high energy pulses. SHR targets both the hair pigment and hair stem cells with repetitive low energy pulses, hence instead it may appear as if it is still growing especially in the first two weeks as the hair is pushed to the surface and eventually falls out naturally. Often the hair can fall out in the shower, during exfoliating. We recommend not shaving within the first two weeks and SHR to avoid ingrown hairs.




Do you have to shave for SHR Laser Hair Removal?


SHR Laser Hair Removal is most effective during the active growth phase (anagen stage) hence shaving one night before treatment is a must. Shaving again is permitted 14 days after treatment. However if you are prone to ingrown hairs, it is best to only shave one night before each treatment. Tweezing, waxing, epilating, electrolysis, threading, hair removal creams or bleach are strictly prohibited at least 3 weeks prior and after treatment.




What medications are prohibited during SHR Laser Hair Removal treatments?


Medications that cause photosensitivity such as Roaccutane, Retin A or doxycycline are prohibited during SHR treatments as it can cause potential burns or pigmentation. SHR may only be permitted 3 - 6 months post intake of photosensitising medications or as directed by clients doctor. Clients must advise the SHR therapist of any current intake of medication to ensure safe SHR treatment.




Does SHR Laser Hair Removal work for those with Hormonal Conditions?


Females who are experiencing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or any hormonal conditions can achieve excellent results. However it may take a little longer and frequent touch up treatments will be required as ongoing maintenance.




Is SHR Laser Hair Removal permitted during pregnancy?


SHR Laser Hair Removal treatments are strictly not permitted until 3 months post pregnancy and/or 3 months post breastfeeding, for both safety and hormonal reasons.




Is SHR Laser Hair Removal permitted during or post cancer treatments?


SHR Laser Hair Removal treatments are strictly not permitted during or post cancer treatments.





4D Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis

What is Cryolipolysis?


Cryolipolysis, Cryogenic Lipolysis or Cool Sculpting, commonly known as "fat freezing", is a non-surgical alternative used to reduce specific areas of unwanted subcutaneous fat. Cryolipolysis is a proven method of non-surgical fat reduction which has been subject to clinical trials and scientific studies, and has been proven to kill fat cells in each application of the treated area. The procedure is most often used for permanent reduction of stubborn fat pockets and for general body sculpting.




Where do the fat cells go?


Simply put, your body digests them. Just like any energy source, they are cleared through the lymphatic system.




Will I put the weight back on?


Our bodies contain a finite number of fat cells, and therefore the cells will not reproduce. In other words, when the fat cells leave the body via the lymphatic system, they cannot return. However, an individual’s excessive calorie intake could trigger the remaining fats cells to compensate and increase in size. It is therefore important to maintain a healthy lifestyle following your treatment.




Does Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis hurt?


The method is 100% non-invasive; this means no scalpels, needles, anaesthetic or sedation. With no restrictions or limitations imposed and clients are free to resume their routines immediately after treatment.




Are there any side effects?


There are no adverse long-term effects associated with Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis. The concept of fat freezing is to specifically target and destroy fat cells and not cause any other damage. It is proven that our skin and fat are affected at different temperatures; therefore you can freeze the fat but not harm the skin. With that said, individuals may experience a little bruising and numbness, which tends to last several days.




Is Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis safe?


Because of its non-invasive nature, Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis has considerably low risk. Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis is considered safe for most individuals, although there are certain risks associated with any kind of cosmetic procedure. Some side effects may include redness, localised bruising and reduced sensation in the treated area. These are considered normal and usually go away on their own within a few days after treatment.




How often will I need this procedure?


Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis can only be performed once a month on the same targeted area. We cannot guarantee specific results, however, on average each session can result in up to 20% fat reduction and in most cases 2 - 4 treatments on the same area depending on its size is recommended to achieve noticeable results.




Will this work on loose skin and fat?


Unfortunately, Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis is not designed to tighten loose or stretched skin. This may require more invasive approaches such as lipectomies or non-invasive cavitation and rf skin tightening treatments.




Is Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis a cure for Obesity or Cellulite?


Fat Freezing Cryolipolysis is not a substitute for invasive body contouring methods and nor is it a treatment for cellulite. Instead, it is used to target troublesome stubborn areas of fat, e.g. abdominal pouches, for a more slim and toned look




Is there an age limit?


Clients must be 18 yrs or older.




What happens during the treatment?


Once treatment areas have been identified, the therapist will place a cool gel pad on the areas to help protect the skin. An applicator is then attached to the area, which draws in the fat and the treatment begins, Depending on size of the treatment area, the cooling temperature will be set from 0 to -8 degrees Celsius, freezing the fat cells. This procedure will last 30 minutes per application, during which time you are able to listen to music and use your phone or simply relax while the treatment gets to work.