What is it?

This system provides permanent hair reduction using state-of-the-art, high-powered diode technology. This is a unique laser device which features handpieces of varying surface areas which come in a combination of wavelength mixes – 810 and 940nm – providing the dermatologist with greater versatility in treating the prevalence of dark or fairer skin types amongst patients requesting hair removal.

Handpieces used depending on the area treated include:

  1. Standard handpiece with spot size of 1.4/cm2 (particularly useful for the upper lip, bikini line and toes).

  2. XL-S tip of 3.0/cm2 (especially useful for arms, underarms, bikini line and toes).

  3. XL-L tip of 9.10/cm2 (the choice of tip for treatment of the chest, back, buttocks and legs, providing the largest spot size on the market for hair removal).

MeDioStar NeXT PRO XL

Thanks to diode technology and to variable pulse lengths (up to 400msec), the MeDioStar NeXT PRO XL system allows the treatment of all skin types I – VI, including tanned skin. The adjustable pulse duration combined with skin cooling prevents thermal damage, such as burning to the epidermis. There is no more need to suspend the treatment during the summer and not to treat very dark skin types, thanks to this unique combination of wavelengths.

Our system also includes the MeDioStar NeXT PRO ALEX, which brings the Alexandrite wavelength (755nm) and the latest diode technology together, combining the efficacy of the high melanin absorption of the Alexandrite with all the benefits of the diode. This wavelength allows us to treat up to skin Type III and is especially suited for thinner and lighter hairs.

Integrated High Power Peltier Skin Cooling

The MeDioStar NeXT PRO handpiece is fitted with a system that cools the area to be treated immediately before emitting the pulse, guaranteeing greater comfort and safety for the patient during treatment. A monitoring system inside the laser device regulates the cooling level, always keeping the skin temperature low and ensuring minimal pain and extremely delicate treatment for all skin types.

Homogenous Spot for a Safe and Precise Treatment

Thanks to the TAPER technology (a special quartz fibre bundle developed by Asclepion) the laser beam is transmitted in a very uniform way, guaranteeing the even treatment of the treated areas. Due to the uniform distribution of energy and the square-shaped beam, there are no gaps between the spots and no zones that are hotter or cooler than others. This guarantees safe treatment with very low risk of side-effects.

Who is a Candidate?

All patients are candidates, as this laser treats all skin types.

What Areas of the Body Can be Treated with Laser Hair Removal?

All areas can be treated with laser hair removal. The most common areas treated for both men and women are:

  • In Women – upper lip, chin, bikini line, arms, legs and underarms

  • In Men – shoulders, back, chest, beard/neck region

Currently our most versatile laser for all areas of hair is the MeDioStar NeXT PRO XL as it provides the most efficient method for hair reduction, with minimal pain.

How Many Treatments are Necessary?

This will vary with the area treated, depending on hair type and skin colour. The majority of patients have a significant reduction in hair growth in the treated areas with 3 – 6 treatments. Those patients with coarse or light hair may require more treatments.

Laser hair removal response may vary considerably between people and in the same person between different body areas. Underarm and bikini areas are very responsive, whereas facial areas are more likely to require ongoing treatments.

Darker-skinned patients require a few more sessions compared to light-skinned patients undergoing hair removal.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

The degree of pain associated with laser and light treatments will depend on which device is used. Generally, no topical anaesthesia is required with the MeDioStart NeXT PRO XL as a result of its technology.

Is Hair Removal Permanent?

Laser hair removal is the most effective method of hair removal available, and with 3 – 6 treatments, the majority of patients achieve significant reduction in hair growth, but the response of laser hair removal will vary considerably between people, and in the same person between areas. In cases of excessive hair growth due to hormonal causes (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), hair removal will need to be repeated on a more regular basis to maintain results.

What Will be the Optimal Method of Laser Hair Removal for my Skin?

Treatment will be tailored to your skin type, hair colour and density and the location of unwanted hair. It is essential that we take into account your medical history, including any hormonal influence that may be a contributing factor.

The Skin Specialist Centre differs from many other medical facilities and beauty therapy clinics that use a “one size fits all” approach for laser skin care management. Instead of using the same laser to treat every skin condition, we use a multitude of state-of-the-art lasers, each one specifically designed to treat one particular condition, enabling us to customise a treatment programme for your specific situation and delivering the optimal result.

What are the Side-Effects of Laser Hair Removal?

The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the procedure and the skin type.

Side-effects are rare and if they do occur, are typically minor:

  • Some redness and swelling around the hair follicle may occur. This indicates that the hair follicle has responded to treatment. The redness usually subsides within 12 hours.

  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the treated area) is rare, and if it does occur it is usually temporary.

  • Hypopigmentation (lightening of the treated area) is very rare, and if this occurs it is usually temporary. It is much more likely in people with olive or dark skin.

  • Blistering and crusting are rare.

  • Scarring is rare.

Before and After Treatment Instructions

By following the recommended “before” and “after” treatment instructions, you should achieve an optimal result.

Before Treatment:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning beds for two weeks before treatment and also between treatments (particularly 48 hours after each treatment). Inform the laser nurse if sunburn has occurred at any time during the course.

  • Waxing, tweezing or electrolysis and hair removal cream are to be avoided for one month prior to treatment.

  • Shave the area to be treated one to three days prior to treatment.

  • If possible do not wear make-up to your appointment. Please inform the laser nurse if you are wearing make-up so it can be removed prior to treatment.

  • Depending on your skin type, a patch test may be required. This sometimes needs to be performed a few days/weeks prior to commencing treatment.

  • No anaesthetic is required. For sensitive areas, a local anaesthetic cream may be applied 45 minutes prior to treatment. This is not included in the cost of treatment.

  • If you feel your pain threshold is low you can take two Paracetamols, with or without Codeine, 45 minutes to one hour prior to treatment.

  • Avoid the use of fake tan preparations for two weeks prior to appointments.

After Treatment:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure for six weeks after a course of treatment. Use a broad spectrum 50+ sunscreen containing titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide whenever the area is exposed to the sun. After facial treatments we recommend wearing a hat in addition to sunscreen when in the sun.

  • There may be some redness and swelling to the treated area. Vaseline or aloe vera gel/after-sun lotion can be applied to the area after treatment for a soothing effect. Applying an ice-pack will also soothe the area.

  • If crusting occurs, an antibiotic ointment or Vaseline should be applied twice daily to keep the area moist. The crust should be allowed to fall off naturally. DO NOT PICK.

  • If there is any indication of infection, please contact our practice.

  • If the area blisters, please contact our practice. Treat the area with extreme care.

  • You can bathe as usual after treatment. The treated area should not be rubbed with a face cloth or towel – it should be gently patted dry. Moisturiser may be applied frequently if your skin feels dry or is crusting.

  • Do not shave/wax the area for a few days after treatment as your skin may be sensitive. Do not shave/wax at all if crusting is present.

  • Make-up can be applied after your treatment if desired. However, extreme caution should be used when applying or removing make-up as treated areas are very delicate. Make-up applied/removed roughly can expose the treated area, increasing the chance of infection and scarring.

  • Avoid swimming, spa pools, sports and strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment.

  • After treatment some hairs may fall out. You may notice that the hair appears to grow one to two weeks after treatment. This is in fact the body pushing out the hair once the follicle has been damaged by the laser’s light. It may take up to two weeks for the hair to fall out.