Time: min 30 mins
Duration of Results: Permanent
BENEFITS of Laser Hair Removal
The Otto Clinic uses the Alexandrite Nd: YAG which is the safest, most advanced laser hair removal system in the market today
No more waxing or shaving - we deliver permanent results
Can be used all over the body, particularly effective on facial, armpit and bikini regions
Completely safe and natural, non-invasive treatment
Virtually painless, walk-in, walk-out procedure
The Otto Clinic is one of the leading laser hair removal clinics in Limerick. We have over 14 years of experience in this field so whether you are looking for a permanent solution to get rid of unwanted hair or are suffering from localised areas of ingrown hairs, our advanced laser hair removal treatment will ensure silky, smooth skin all year round.
As always with our treatments, a pre-treatment consultation is required to determine the best course of action depending on your skin type and the area(s) you would like to tackle. Here at The Otto Clinic, we use the same laser for hair removal for both men and women with the levels chosen and tailored to individual needs which is why the consultation is so important.
Skin colour, hair colour and thickness are also determining factors when deciding which level of laser to use in order to achieve the best hair removal results (men usually have thicker, denser hair while women often have hormonal issues which affect hair growth). If you are still undecided, take a look at the benefits of laser hair removal below or alternatively contact us for a "no obligation" consultation.
goodbye waxing and shaving, hello silky, smooth skin all year round
What are Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
Body hair is an annoying fact of life and often interferes with our daily activities, sometimes even controlling our lives and, even worse, undermining our confidence - facial hair being a case in point! But don’t despair, our permanent laser hair removal treatments can chase away these problems forever. Laser hair removal is safe, effective and can be achieved at a very reasonable price. The Alexandrite Nd: YAG is also very effective for pigmentation and vein removal - see our laser pigmentation removal and laser vein removal pages for more information.
Laser therapy uses focussed light - the laser delivers light pulses to the problem area in powerful beams, allowing the practitioner to penetrate deeply into tissue to work very precisely on specific areas without damaging surrounding cells.
Female Patient, Laser Hair Removal
“Im getting my laser done from Melissa, she is such a kind and supportive lady and so far it's an amazing experience got 3 sessions done and the results are 70/100 already. Hoping for the best untill I completely finish all the sessions. Thanks Otto Clinic." January 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Laser Hair Removal Treatments Safe?
Our laser procedures are non-invasive and offer dramatic and permanent results after only a few treatments. This is because we use one of the leading market devices - Alexandrite Nd:YAG which is FDA approved. This laser technology is one of the safest and most effective laser machines available. Unlike rival devices, it contains not one, but two laser systems ensuring that even the most stubborn cases can be treated effectively. Furthermore, the Nd:YAG system has a patented cooling device, SmartCool, which produces a continuous flow of chilled air to protect tissue and skin from possible thermal damage, significantly reducing discomfort and enabling quick client recovery. In short, this is a safe, fast and effective treatment that won’t interfere with your busy life!
How Do Laser Hair Removal Treatments Work?
The science behind laser hair removal is simple: laser technology uses powerful light pulses to selectively destroy hair follicles by targeting the melanin in them. The follicle's pigment absorbs the light pulse thus damaging the follicle enough to significantly slow down hair regrowth. The Alexandrite Nd:YAG sytem targets only hair follicles which are currently active or growing. Subsequent treatments may be required to eiliminate previously exhausted or resting follicles once they resume growth.
Where Can Laser Hair Removal Treatments Be Used?
The Alexandrite Nd:YAG sytem can be used all over the body but is especially good for eradicating excessive hair growth in the facial, armpit and bikini regions. Additionally the Alexandrite Nd:YAG's dual wavelength system allows it to safely and effectively treat the darkest skin tones and darkest hairs - the Nd:YAG laser has a long wavelength which is highly sensitive to all colour and melanin, meaning it can penetrate hair follicles more precisely without damaging surrounding tissue.
What Does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?
Patients describe each pulse to feel like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin and, whilst mildly uncomfortable, is not painful. Your clinic consultant can use a local anaesthetic cream to numb the area but it is generally not necessary. Skin surface cooling is applied through the use of the Alexandrite Nd:YAG sytems' patented SmartCool technology ensuring you will be comfortable during your hair removal treatment.
How Long Will The Effects Last?
Following an in-depth consultation, your therapist will advise on the best course of treatments depending on your hair type and the area to be treated in order to achieve permanent hair removal. The Alexandrite Nd:YAG sytem is so effective that it permanently reduces hair by an average of 79% after only 3 sessions. Again, depending on the area treated, the skin will remain completely clear and smooth for around 6-8 weeks after treatment - it is time for the next session when fine hairs start to grow again.
What After-Care Is Needed?
Patients can resume regular activities immediately following treatment. An icepack can be applied to soothe the treated area although any discomfort usually disappears in 24 hours. Aloe Vera is also an excellent choice to soothe the skin. Clients are advised to avoid scrubbing the area and to avoid the use of abrasive skin cleaners.
How Often Should I Have The Treatment Done?
Laser Hair Removal generally requires multiple sessions (3-6 sessions or more) and depends on the area to be treated, skin colour, coarseness of hair, gender and any underlying conditions. Therefore, an in-depth consultation is required first with your therapist to determine the correct course of treatments. As a general indication, fine hair type can usually be removed in 3 sessions while several sessions may be required to tackle coarse hairs. Our therapists generally recommend waiting 3-8 weeks between sessions for hair removal so that your skin has time to repair the cells - the same area can then be treated again if necessary.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Slight swelling and/or general reddening of the skin may occur after treatment - this will disappear within 24 hours and make-up may also be used to camouflage it. Laser treatments are suitable for all skin types and are an effective, safe and fast way to remove hair permanently with minimal pain and very little recovery downtime.