Laser Hair Removal

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Best results for laser hair removal are obtained when there is no suntan or sun exposure on the treated areas. If there is sun exposure, lower settings have to be used which makes the treatment less effective.

The Cutera Nd: YAG was nominated for and award as the most diverse hair removal laser for all skin types. In addition, Cutera Nd: YAG is a proper laser hair removal system and cannot be compared to an entry level IPL system for hair removal which is not a laser.

ProWave™ is a fourth generation IPL device for more effective hair removal in Skin Type 1 to 4. ProWave™ is a part of a class 4 medical laser system, the Cutera Xeo, which cannot be compared to an entry level IPL system for hair removal.

The Lightsheer® is a diode laser capable of treating all skin types and hair colours excluding white or grey hair.

The E-Max Hair Removal System s a combination of Diode laser and Radiofrequency, resulting in a comfortable treatment suitable for all skin types and hair colours (excluding grey or white hair).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1Are Laser Hair Removal treatments available at all Body Renewal branches ?
  • 2What is Laser hair removal?
  • 3What awards has the Cutera Nd: YAG won in the international market ?
  • 4What awards has the Cutera Solera Opus (Prowave) won in the international market?
  • 5How does Laser Hair Removal work?
  • 6Is Laser Hair Removal safe?
  • 7Can all skin types be safely treated with Laser Hair removal?

Laser Hair Removal treatments are available in Johannesburg at the Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview,Fourways and Illovo clinics. In Pretoria at Irene and Brooklyn as well as in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu Natal in Hillcrest and Umhlanga.

Laser hair removal has come of age and is a fully developed procedure that can yield long-term permanent hair reduction of the face and neck area. It is also very commonly used on the body especially for the under arm, bikini and leg area. At Body Renewal we are committed to the latest technological innovations in this field and can now offer a laser/light treatment for any skin type and hair color excluding grey or white. We can offer you safe, effective, well researched, tried and tested treatments including the CoolGlide Excel, The ProWave, Lightsheer or E-Max.

The CoolGlide Excel laser was the first 1064 nm Nd: YAG laser cleared by the FDA to permanently reduce hair in patients of all skin types (I-VI), those who are tanned or tanning and patients who suffer from Psuedo-Folliculitis Barbae also known as ingrown hairs. Other technologies require the suspension of treatments during the summer months but the CoolGlide laser may be used year-round on skin of all types including tanned skin.

The ProWave™ laser hair removal treats skin types I-IV and due to the large spot size and fast repetition rate, large areas like legs and backs can be treated quickly and effectively in as little as 6 to 8 treatments. The ProWave™ contains two groundbreaking innovations. First due to the custom design, the ProWave™ emits mostly infrared light above 770 nm, wavelengths recognized as the most versatile for hair removal. The second innovation is the output spectrum that can be shifted to optimize treatments for each patient. Three distinct programs tailor the wavelength and pulse width to optimize performance and efficacy for each patient.

In 2005, 2006 and 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Cutera Nd: YAG for the most diverse hair removal laser for all skin types. In addition, Cutera Nd: YAG was also nominated for the best hair removal laser for dark skin types

In 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Cutera Solera Opus (Prowave) for the best IPL technology for hair removal

Laser hair removal uses an infra red light to target the germ cell in the hair follicle. The hair must be present in the follicle for the laser to work, thus no waxing or plucking can be done before the treatment. Unwanted hair can be shaved or cut.

The average number of treatments ranges from 6-8 visits. This is because at any given time, only a fraction of hairs are in the growing phase (anagen cycle). Only anagen hairs can be effectively removed with laser because the resting phase (telogen) hairs do not mature pigment at their follicle bulb which is the target for the light. Thus, one treatment will sometimes only get 30% of the hairs because only those hairs have enough pigment to be destroyed. In some cases where patients may suffer from hormonal hair growth, or where the patient suffers from a condition that encourages hair growth, more sessions may be required.

Facial hair is traditionally very difficult to treat as it is hormone dependent. More treatments are needed to treat facial hair and sessions should be one month apart.

The FDA has approved our lasers for permanent hair reduction. Data has shown that about 30-90% of the hair does not grow back after the end of the treatment cycle. Of course, this assumes the appropriate treatment and the correct number of treatments for each individual, all of which can be variable.

We cannot guarantee 100% permanent hair removal, as people do need occasional maintenance or touch-up treatments. White hairs and light hairs are the most difficult to remove. Light hairs may require more treatments and more maintenance, and more modest results should be expected. Grey hair cannot be treated with Laser Hair removal and other options such as electrolysis are recommended.

There is some discomfort during the procedure likened to the snapping of a warm rubber band. Most people find this to be mild and tolerable. We use cold ice packs to minimize any discomfort. Immediately after a treatment there may be some redness and/or mild swelling, although usually this dissipates before you leave the office or within a couple of hours. Makeup can be applied immediately after a treatment.

Uncommonly, a skin wound such as superficial blisters and scabs can occur, which heal within 2 to 14 days. Use of antibiotic ointment on a regular basis usually results in uneventful healing. There is a <0.5% possibility of a skin wound leaving behind a permanent scar. It is also rare for an infection to occur since the skin is not broken.

Another risk is the possibility of hypo (too little) or hyper (too much) pigmentation which is very uncommon. Usually treatable with lighteningproducts or pigmentation inhibiting products (which can be started prior to starting a Laser Hair Removal course), there is a <1% possibility that the pigmentation could be permanent.

There is an increased risk of this with tanned or naturally dark skin. You may need extra treatments than those required by others if your skin is dark or tanned in order for us to be more conservative (gentler with initial and subsequent treatments) due to this increased risk. It is also important that you let any tanning lotions fade and do not seek artificial tanning treatments for 3-4 weeks prior to the procedure.

Yes, due to its unique design and longer wavelength, CoolGlide Excel is one of the only lasers on the market that can treat men and women of all skin tones safely and effectively. Even patients with a suntan! In 2005, 2006 and 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Cutera Nd: YAG for the most diverse hair removal laser for all skin types. In addition, Cutera Nd: YAG was also nominated for the best hair removal laser for dark skin types

Laser hair removal on the face is much more difficult to treat than laser hair removal on the body. Monthly treatments are usually necessary as this facial hair has a hormonal component. Ten to Twelve treatments are usually needed for permanent hair reduction.

The ProWave™ a fourth generation light based system can be used safely on skin types 1 to 4.

43 Reviews (average: 5 out of 5)

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Review -What makes me come back for more!
Reviewed on 10 February 2016 by N.K from Skin Renewal Fourways *

I have been struggling with hair growth and the wrong treatment for a long time, fount out about Skin Renewal on the internet. I have had the most wonderful experience form the sessions I had. The professionalism, courtesy and friendliness of the therapists is amazing. You never forget how you were treated and that's what makes me come back for more sessions and to also tell those around me about this place!

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Review -Amazing success and well worth having!
Reviewed on 6 February 2016 by Michelle Cholwich*

The treatment itself has been an amazing success and well worth having. The staff helped a great deal in making the whole experience comfortable and easy!

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Review -Thanks Charleen!
Reviewed on 18 December 2015 by Belinda Deetlefs*

Charleen is always friendly and able to answer questions relating to the treatment. I enjoy having her as a therapist and would recommend her for anybody. Thanks Charleen!

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Review -Atmosphere is amazing!
Reviewed on 8 November 2015 by C.S from Willowbridge *

I enjoy my visits, atmosphere is amazing and the girls are very professional!

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Review -Wonderful professional Service!
Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by G.W from Cape Quarter *

I have had my treatments done by Melissa. She is always professional, friendly, very efficient and knowledgeable. I have always had a great experience at Skin Renewal Cape Quarter.

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Review -Fantastic results with Yoscha!
Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by J.M from Cape Quarter *

The results of all my treatments are good and fantastic improvement compared to the beginning!

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Review -I am thrilled with the results!
Reviewed on 8 October 2015 by Lorna Whitfield*

I have always had excellent service at Skin Renewal Parkhurst. Kelly is brilliant, friendly and personal. Appointments are always on time and to have secure parking is wonderful. My laser has been most successful and I am thrilled with the results!

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Review -Underarm laser - amazing results!
Reviewed on 8 October 2015 by N.V from Somerset West *

To be diplomatic, I am genetically blessed with robust hair growth! It is something I have learned "to live with". Even directly after shaving I could still see the shadow of black stubble under my skin and by the afternoon I could feel it. I was skeptical whether laser would work on me, but I figured I had nothing to lose. I am amazed! From the first treatment the results were astonishing. I could go a week without shaving! Nowadays I have to set reminders on my phone to check under my arms every few weeks. The treatment itself is so quick and really not that painful. Thanks to Lizanne for being such and expert!

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Review -Laser Hair removal
Reviewed on 4 April 2015 by K.P From Illovo*

This is my 3rd treatment here, and I have experienced great results so far. The therapist Carmen is very helpful and extremely good at what she does. I would recommend this to many people.

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Review -CoolGlide Laser Hair Removal
Reviewed on 23 February 2015 by Mrs M.A. Constantia*

The Coolglide laser hair removal treatment is fantastic. There is minimal discomfort and I can't wait to see the results. I have tried a number of options to treat ingrown hair on my bikini line and I believe I have found the solution! Thanks so much!

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Review -Great experience at Cape Quarter
Reviewed on 30 October 2014 by Anonymous*

I just wanted to say that I am very happy with my therapist Storm and the Laser Hair Removal treatment that she did. Thank you for such a great experience and service.

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Review -Very professional
Reviewed on 30 September 2014 by Romana Husain*

The clinic here is brilliant, clean, professional and friendly. The treatments are done very carefully and I am very happy with the results. The prices are reasonable and the treatments are well monitored. I also appreciate the reminders I receive for the treatments.

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Review -Thanks Landa!
Reviewed on 30 September 2014 by Sonnika Otto*

Landa always makes me feel very comfortable and welcome. She is very knowledgeable about the treatment and keeps me informed about the progress of my treatment. She is friendly, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. She treats clients as individuals and truly shows interest, and always greets with a friendly smile.

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Review -I am more than happy!
Reviewed on 26 September 2014 by N.K from Body Renewal Fourways *

I am very happy with the service received from Skin Renewal. The staff is very professional, helpful and friendly. Liezel is certainly the best. She is patient and always in a good mood. Your services was explained to me exceptionally well and I don't want any other branch but this one. Keep i up guys.

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Review -Experience of treatment, staff and company are great!
Reviewed on 24 September 2014 by F.M from Body Renewal Brooklyn *

Received a lot of support and guidance, education about the process and what to expect. Appointments are always on time (don't have to wait) RSVP calls help a lot for reminders. Friendly staff makes conversation and very supportive. Appointments are suited to meet your schedule. Seeing great results so far.

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Review -Laser Hair Removal
Reviewed on 23 September 2014 by Priscilla Coetzee*

Landa makes an effort to put my mind at ease before beginning with the laser treatment. Landa is always friendly and very accommodating towards her patients. An overall "very good" experience when leaving after my treatments.

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Review -Great results!
Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by A.A from Body Renewal Irene *

All procedures are explained very well by the friendly and professional staff. Great results experienced even after the very first treatment. Thank you Landa.

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Review -Therapist Angelique
Reviewed on 19 September 2014 by Nina Dreyer*

Brilliant service, great experience and will definitely be returning. She is totally professional.

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Review -Happy with the results!
Reviewed on 19 September 2014 by K. K from Skin Renewal Parkhurst *

Does a really good job and I love the warm and approachable nature of the therapists. Enjoy the openness and chats. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Review -Skin Body and Health Renewal
Reviewed on 17 September 2014 by Bernita van wyk*

Customer service has been brilliant since my first visit and the results of my treatment is excellent. I would definitely recommend Skin Renewal Illovo to anyone. With unwanted hair related issues. Skin Renewal takes good care of their clients.

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Review -Cool glide Laser hair removal
Reviewed on 17 September 2014 by K.S from Body Renewal Fourways *

The results this far have been greater than I expected. The awesome thing is I noticed the improvement after just one or two sessions. I definitely recommend the treatment. I don't regret it at all. And the staff especially Liezel and the facility are great!

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Review -Professional Clinic setup
Reviewed on 16 September 2014 by Chetan Bhika*

I am totally at ease and comfortable knowing that my treatment sessions is in an environment that is highly professional in their scope of practice, with a qualified therapist Bev and more importantly in an extremely clean hygienic environment, where I feel comfortable.

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Review -Uitstekende Diens
Reviewed on 15 September 2014 by Anonymous*

Ek het uitstekende diens van Skin Renewal Stellenbosch ontvang.Tammy was ten alle tye professioneel en vriendelik en het my baie op my gemak laat voel!

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Review -Tamara is excellent!
Reviewed on 15 September 2014 by A.N from Body Renewal Parkhurst *

I always feel comfortable and I have an abundance of confidence in her work. The laser works very well and I am very happy with the results and with how I am looked after by Tamara. Thank you for the great service.

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Review -Skin Renewal - Always ahead of what’s new
Reviewed on 13 September 2014 by Michelle Ackerman*

Tamara is an amazing therapist, warm and friendly end extremely helpful she always goes the extra mile and adds a personal touch by remembering the small "stuff" I enjoy coming for my treatments

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Review -Tamara is a great therapist
Reviewed on 13 September 2014 by Olga Yiannakis*

Tamara is always quick and efficient during my hair removal laser treatments, which makes the time go quickly. She is always friendly and engaging and provides recommendations and suggestions to all my skin questions and issues. I will definitely recommend skin renewal for excellent service and results.

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Review -Quick, friendly and thorough!
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by A.P from Body Renewal Parkhurst Pather*

I love my therapist and always enjoy my session here. Would definitely recommend the branch to others and would especially recommend Kelly, she's the best!

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Review -Great!
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Yuiel Sermadiras*

Beautiful and relaxing environment. My therapist Liezel is very professional and friendly. I received good advice and direction from my first visit and I am very happy with the result of my treatment. I will definately come back to Skin Renewal if I need other treatments.

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Review -Fantastic!
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Katerina Papageorgiou*

Beautiful and calming environment, all areas and equipment are always kept neat and clean. I have seen great results with my laser hair removal and am very happy with the treatments. My therapist Liezel is extremely friendly and accommodating. She takes great pride in her work and is professional at all times. She really makes the whole experience pleasant and worthwhile.

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Review -Laser hair removal works amazingly well!!
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Ursula Govender*

The branch and environment is very professional. Liezel has been an amazing adviser and very professional at all times.

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Review -Outstanding Results
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Patricia Menech*

Excellent professional treatment and advice. The results have been outstanding. And a wonderful relaxing environment!

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Review -Very professional
Reviewed on 11 September 2014 by Jaclyn Paules*

Candice is always friendly, accommodating, gentle and willing to assist. Everyone at the clinic is always professional from the people at the front desk to what happens during the treatment.

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Review -Lots of smiles and care!
Reviewed on 11 September 2014 by M.D from Body Renewal Bedfordview *

Cheray is always informative about my treatments and is always brilliant with the laser. Its always great to come to this branch.. Thank you

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Review -Wonderful service from the Brooklyn Branch
Reviewed on 11 September 2014 by U.G from Body Renewal Brooklyn *

The service is professional, friendly and always worth coming back for. I have always been given advice of how to continue taking care of my skin, which is lovely. With regards to appointments, receiving a reminder call the day before is fantastic.

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Review -Better than what I expected
Reviewed on 10 September 2014 by Anonymous*

Staff are very friendly and professional. Hair Removal is working great (better than what I expected) and Candice explains everything very well as I am sure I have a lot of strange questions.

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Review -Tamara is highly recommended
Reviewed on 9 September 2014 by A.N from Body Renewal Parkhurst *

Tamara is absolutely brilliant at what she does. She is so professional and always puts me at ease, and she is such a warm and friendly person.

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Review -Always accommodating…
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Deidre du Plessis*

Carmen treated me with special care, she took the time to make me feel comfortable and relaxed. Very professional interaction. Thank you.

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Review -Always a pleasure!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Lauren Rorich*

Always an absolute pleasure and great service from Ilona. Very friendly and profesasional.

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Review -Brilliant!
Reviewed on 2 September 2014 by Shyeni Mohanlal*

Liza spends enough time on her clients. She does her treatments thoroughly, always considerate, informative, and it's always a pleasure doing my treatments with her.

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Review -Definitely an extraordinary experience!
Reviewed on 2 September 2014 by Carla de Beer*

Comforting, brilliant service. Definitely an extraordinary experience-no matter what treatment. In an amazing surrounding, gives a calm escape to stressful everyday life. The therapists are friendly and warm and are the essential part of this great experience.

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Review -Very Relaxing Treatment!
Reviewed on 27 August 2014 by Nicholas *

Very relaxing treatment and no pain was felt at all! Cheray kept me preoccupied by being friendly and talkative. Definitely will be coming back!

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Review -Brilliant experience
Reviewed on 26 August 2014 by Frank Da Serra*

Always good service and professional staff.

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Review -Her standards are exceptional!
Reviewed on 4 August 2014 by Anonymous*

Tammy has been my therapist for about a year now. Her standards are exceptional. Her advice is always first class and backed by explanations. She is friendly and professional. Definetely the reason I keep coming back!

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