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Unwanted hair can be an ongoing issue for anyone- at any age and any hair type- which is why exploring hair removal treatment has become so popular over the last few years. With so many advancements in laser hair removal, there is a way to help people who feel conscious about their unwanted body hair.

Like all treatments, there are some things to consider when you permanently reduce or remove your hair as well as knowing how much it might hurt! We’ve answered some of the most common questions our clients ask us, to help you make better decisions when it comes to choosing a hair removal treatment.

How long should I go in between laser hair removal appointments?

The time between each hair removal treatment will depend on your hair and skin type as well as the area you’re treating. We usually recommend clients have hair removal treatments every 4-6 weeks. As the body has different hair growth cycles, the hair loss you have will depend on how your follicles re-grow.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

As we use some of the most modern machines, here at Marlow Face and Body, it means all our laser hair treatments are virtually pain-free, meaning your laser hair removal treatments won’t hurt at all! Whilst there may be heat, using the Soprano Ice lasers mean our treatments are quick and painless.

How often do I need to get laser hair removal?

Here at Marlow Face and Body, we always recommend a course of 6-8 treatments using our state-of-the-art Soprano Ice Platinum laser machine. It will also depend on where you’re having hair removal but for facial areas, treatment can be done every 2-4 weeks whereas other areas such as armpits and legs are normally 4-6 weeks. 

We use the best technology on the market with the Soprano Ice laser which targets the hair follicle in all 3 stages of growth and means your hair regrowth will be much slower.

How old do you need to be for laser hair removal?

We always recommend that our customers are at least 18 years of age to have any laser or skin treatments. There are some exceptional situations where a parent or guardian can join a consultation for someone under 18 but we would want them to understand the procedure and aftercare.

I have spent the last seven years researching aesthetic technology as well as offering technology based treatments in our clinic.

The medical aesthetic industry has become flooded with so many different machines for various treatments and making a decision can be overwhelming.  Especially with social media showing us pictures of incredible transformations; sometimes unrealistic.  And even more daunting, we are now seeing case studies of people who have suffered traumatic injuries from treatments.

When it comes to fat freezing, the goal is to freeze and destroy fat cells resulting in permanent fat reduction.  In 2009, scientists at Harvard University discovered that if you freeze fat cells at a specific temperature for a certain period of time, they die (apoptosis).  The body will identify them as a toxin and the cells are gradually metobolised over a 12 week period leaving you with permanent results.

The reason the cost for this treatment varies so dramatically comes down to the manufacturer and the clinical studies behind the device.  A medical grade device from a reputable organisation carries out clinical studies which prove the efficacy and safety.  They also ensure the clinics and practitioners are qualified and properly trained.

To really identify the technical differences, I decided to investigate why some fat freezing machines had phenomenal results, while others had minimal to none.

Inside the handpiece, there are metal cooling plates  which deliver the target temperature.  In order to destroy the fat cells effectively, but also safely so you do not affect any of the surrounding tissue (such as the skin and blood vessels), the plates need to maintain a very controlled specific temperature.  If they are too cold, you could cause burns.  If they are not cold enough, it will not work.

I carried out a test on a CoolTech device as well as another device which was a fraction of the cost.  Using an infrared thermometer, I measured the temperature of the cooling plates for 30 minutes while the treatment was active.  I consistently and constantly moved the laser across the plates to record the temperature.

Here were my findings:

CoolTech:  The target temperature remained consistent across the entire surface of the cooling plates throughout.  It did not deviate, nor did it vary in different areas of the plates.

Other machine: I discovered the temperature ranged from +7 degrees Celsius to -18 degrees Celsius.  The temperature changed constantly and varied on different areas of the cooling plates.

With the temperature constantly changing, there is no accuracy and it is impossible to achieve apoptosis.  Not only will these higher temperatures not destroy fat cells, leaving a metal plate against the skin at -18c could cause significant burns and even necrosis.

In order to achieve apoptosis effectively and safely, a controlled temperature must be maintained throughout the duration of the treatment.  And therein lies one of the main the technical differences.

As consumers, we rely on well-known certifications such as “FDA approval” (which is an American certification) or Medical CE Marking (the European certification for medical devices), to give us the confidence and reassurance that the clinical studies have been evaluated by the necessary professionals.  But with all the choices available, you still need to do your research.  Know who developed the machine, where it was manufactured and if the practitioner is experienced and properly trained.  Ask to see before and after pictures of clients they have treated themselves.

Fat freezing a revolutionary treatment and is life changing.  So choose wisely and take the time to learn as much as you can.

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Elisabeth Bester, Marlow Face and Body

 

In recent years, the demand for fat freezing has significantly shot up with more people than ever trying the innovative new way to shape up and lose fat. Starting life as an experiment at Harvard University, fat freezing was quickly harnessed into an FDA-approved treatment, Coolsculpting® before leading Spanish company Cocoon Medical released CoolTech® with clinically proven results of *25%-40% fat reduction with each treatment

With more people than ever sharing their own experiences with fat freezing and whether it worked for them, we explore if fat freezing does work and how, as well as where it was discovered first.

How does fat freezing work?

Fat Freezing, known as Cryolipolysis, is a fat reduction procedure that was originally discovered at Harvard University by scientists exploring why children developed dimples when eating ice lollies. They discovered that fat cells were dying as a result of a process known as Apoptosis, or natural gradual cell death. It was happening as a result of the cells being exposed to freezing temperatures for a certain length of time.

Whilst both fat freezing procedures use the same technology, the main difference between CoolTech® compared to Coolsculpting® is that CoolTech® has 2 handpieces, meaning you can treat 2 areas at one time. There’s also usually a price difference of between 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of Coolsculpting®.

3D Lipo vs Lipoglaze

As a consumer, it’s tempting to go for cheaper fat-freezing alternatives like Lipoglaze or 3D Lipo, but your research first. Unless the brand of technology has clinically proven results, there is no guarantee you’ll see any results or if the machine has been through any type of health & safety compliance. Scarily, anyone can buy one of these cheaper machines off the internet and start carrying treatments with no training or malpractice insurance. 

Fat Freezing is a great treatment with proven results and is an amazing fat reduction alternative to surgery. Why not speak to one of our consultants today about using our CoolTech® treatment and experience fat freezing 

 

 

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