ProWave™ Laser Hair Removal

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ProWave™ is a fourth generation IPL device that 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1Is ProWave hair removal available at all Body Renewal branches?
  • 2What is ProWave™ Laser hair removal?
  • 3What awards has the Cutera Solera Opus (ProWave 770) won in the international market?
  • 4What are the typical areas that are treated with ProWave™ 770 Laser hair removal?
  • 5How does ProWave™ 770 Laser hair removal work?
  • 6Is ProWave™ 770 Laser hair removal safe?
  • 7Can all skin types be safely treated with ProWave™ 770 Laser hair removal?
  • 8​What is the new Prowave LX device?
  • 9​What are the benefits of the new Prowave LX?
  • 10​What are the unique properties of this new Prowave LX?
  • 11​Why would we recommend using the new Prowave LX for laser hair removal?
  • 12What skin types, can be treated with this new Prowave LX?

No, the ProWave 770 treatment is available in Gauteng at the Fourways and Morningside branches as well as in the Western Cape at the Cape Quarter branch.

The new ProWave LX is available at the Illovo, Parkhurst and Claremont branches.

ProWave™ 770 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 body The ProWave™ 770 the most significant innovation in light-based hair removal in 5 years. In 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Cutera Solera Opus (ProWave 770) for the best IPL technology for hair removal

At Body Renewal we are committed to the latest technological innovations in this field and now can offer treatment for any skin type and hair color excluding grey or white. We can offer you two treatment modalities: a laser the CoolGlide Excel or the light based treatment the ProWave™ 770 used to permanently reduce hair anywhere on the face or body.

The ProWave™ 770 laser hair removal treats skin types I-V and due to the large spot size and fast repetition rate, large areas like legs and backs can be quickly and effectively treated in as little as 4 to 6 treatments. The ProWave™ 770 contains two groundbreaking innovations. First due to the custom design, the ProWave™ 770 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 treatment for each patient. Three distinct programs tailor the wavelength and pulse width to optimize performance and efficacy for each patient.

Hair removal treatments with The ProWave 770 are more expensive than treatments with the Nd YAG as fewer treatments are needed for permanent hair reduction.

In 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Cutera Solera Opus (ProWave 770) for the best IPL technology for hair removal

ProWave™ 770 hair removal has come of age and is a fully developed procedure that can yield long-term permanent hair reduction of the face and body.

Specific areas of hair growth are easier to remove than others. Body hair is easier to treat, whereas more treatments are needed to remove facial hair, due to the effect of hormones.

ProWave™ 770 hair removal uses an infra red light to target the germ cell above 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 three to ten 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.

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.

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 offer a topical anesthetic if desired.

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.

Uncommonly, a skin wound such as superficial blisters and scabs can occur, which heal within 2 days 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 usually not broken.

Another risk is the possibility of hypo (too little) or hyper (too much) pigmentation that is very uncommon. Usually treatable with prescription creams, chemical peels or further laser treatments, 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 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.

The ProWave™ 770 can only be used safely on skin types 1 to 4.

The newly launched ProWave LX hair removal system from Cutera, is a versatile infrared programmable wavelength system available on the company’s established Xeo platform.

The new Prowave LX gives us the ability to offer our patients the power of an Alexandrite Laser, delivered with the Ease of an IPL. This device assists us in a more effective treatment of finer and lighter hair. The new breakthrough design enables higher peak powers and short pulse widths, targeting smaller structures with less thermal diffusion. We can offer our patients predictable outcomes, and the energy is monitored and controlled by photo detectors in the hand piece resulting in consistent fluence levels.

  1. This device’s unique technology offers the power of an alexandrite laser with the ease of intense pulsed light (IPL). Very high power and a short pulse duration ensure effective treatments on fine, light hair allowing us to treat all hair colours except for white and red The beauty is that even lighter, finer hairs, which have been very difficult to treat with other devices an be treated
  2. This unique technology also reduces the number of treatments required by a patient. With other IPL devices, patients may have needed between five and ten treatments. With this new device, patients are already noting significant results as from treatment three.
  3. After using the new ProWave LX in two of our branches for the last four months, we are already seeing great clinical results, predictable outcomes and a cost savings as fewer treatments are needed compared to the traditional laser hair removal,
  4. The treatments are safe and comfortable, as cold sapphire tissue cooling allows the tip temperature to be set to the desired level.
  1. The ProWave LX has 10 kiloWatts of peak power which is twice that of the leading IPLs used for hair removal
  2. This very Very high power and a short pulse duration ensure effective treatments on fine, light hair allowing us to treat all hair colours except for white and red
  3. The new breakthrough design enables higher peak powers and short pulse widths, targeting smaller structures with less thermal diffusion.
  4. In addition, contact cooling makes it very comfortable and minimizes any chance of side effects, even in dark skin. The cold sapphire cooling tip makes treatment very comfortable and an internal monitor controls the temperature so it stays where it’s set
  5. We can offer our patients predictable outcomes, and the energy is monitored and controlled by photo detectors in the hand piece resulting in consistent fluence levels.

After using the new ProWave LX in two of our branches for the last few months, we are already seeing great clinical results, predictable outcomes and a cost savings.

While previously we might have needed three to five treatments to see results –or anywhere from five to ten applications for patients with light hair –we are now obtaining good results in just two to three sessions. The ProWave LX hair removal system from Cutera, is a versatile infrared programmable wavelength system available on the company’s established Xeo platform. This device’s unique technology offers the power of an alexandrite laser with the ease of intense pulsed light (IPL). Now we can treat all hair colours except for white and red – even lighter, finer hairs, which have been very difficult to treat with other devices.

Very high power and a short pulse duration ensure effective treatments on fine, light hair. In addition, contact cooling makes it very comfortable and minimizes any chance of side effects, even in dark skin. The cold sapphire cooling tip makes treatment very comfortable and an internal monitor controls the temperature so it stays where it’s set. This unique technology also reduces the number of treatments required by a patient, whereas previously, patients may have needed between five and ten treatments, patients are already noting significant results as from treatment three.

Skin types 1 to 4 can safely be treated with this new laser hair removal device. The treatments are safe and comfortable, as cold sapphire tissue cooling allows the tip temperature to be set to the desired level.

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