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

Laser Hair Removal treatments are available in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria at the Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview, Fourways, West Rand, Illovo, Irene, Brooklyn as well as in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu Natal in Durban 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.

62 Reviews (average: 5 out of 5)

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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 and they kept me preoccupied by being friendly and talkative. Definitely will be coming back!

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

Always good service and professional staff.

Review -I won't go to another therapist!
Reviewed on 27 August 2014 by Michelle Hurley

She is a wonderful asset to your company. I would not go to another therapist!

Review -Always a treat to visit the Irene Branch.
Reviewed on 3 August 2014 by Anonymous

I returned to the Irene branch after having my Rosacea treated previously, with abdominal skin left after two pregnancies. I was left in the very capable hands of Ilona Swart and after 3 treatments, I can already see a difference. Always a treat to visit the Irene branch, such a jovial spirit there.

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.

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.

Review -Pleasant reception
Reviewed on 4 September 2014 by J. L. Morningside

For every treatment, my therapist has been quite informative and helpful with my urgent requirements.

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.

Review -Outstanding excellence
Reviewed on 9 September 2014 by Irma Nel

Everytime I visit, I feel welcome. Professional and friendly service.

Review -Ongelooflik fantasties by Christine!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Marizanne Fourie

Ek was +- 'n jaar terug op Body Renewal Diet ook hier by Willowbridge, maar my ervaring van elke keer by iemend anders te weeg was vir my bietjie "demotivating"... maar by Christine sien ek uit om te kom weeg! Sy motiveer my en is altyd opgewek en "excited" om 'n mens aantemoedig!Body Renewal Diet en Christine is 'n wen kombinasie, Dankie baie!

Review -Lost 24kg and still going strong!
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Anonymous

Christine at Willowbridge Body Renewal gives wonderful service and is very supportive. She is great lady, and I love to come and weight & get motivated all the time! I've lost 24kg, and still going strong!

Review -Baie Goeie Diens!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Helena Herbert

Ek besoek gereeld vir die span en dit is elke keer 'n hoogtepunt in my week. Haar opgewekte persoonlikheid en vriendelike diens is elke keer spesiaal. Baie dankie! Dit voel soos 'n kuier saam met 'n spesiale vriendin!

Review -Suksesvolle gewigsverlies!
Reviewed on 2 September 2014 by Karien Jooste

'n Motiverende sessie wat individuele "esteem" lig deur Willowbridge. Die onderliggende aanname word deurgaans gevolg dat sukses binne jou bereiek is en dat ek 'n wenner kan wees. Christine is die regte "advocate" vir suksesvolle gewigsverlies wat my as persoon "lig" en laat voortbeur om my doel te bereik!

Review -Wonderful service with Christine
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Kelly Wilsnach

Every visit to Willowbridge Body Renewal is very pleasant! Service with a smile at all times, Keep up the great work!

Review -Altyd op my gemak!
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Corné Coetzee

Die Span is baie vriendelik en hulpvaardig! Sy het 'n spontane geaardheid en laat jou altyd op jou gemak voel!

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!

Review -Ek voel welkom en rustig!
Reviewed on 6 September 2014 by Anonymous

Ek word as 'n individu behandel en nie net soos nog 'n nommer nie. Die Span luister as ek praat en gee goeie ingeligte raad. Sy ken haar vakgebied en is beslis 'n aanwans vir Skin & Body Renewal!

Review -Very happy experience!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Willem Van der Vyver

I've been coming to this branch for over two years. The service I received makes you feel so at home! Staff always treat you with respect and ensure that your health is always their number 1 priority. The three-monthly visit for maintenance check-in is always an experience to remember.

Review -Supported and encouraged on this weight loss journey!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Whilmedene Roberts

The first day I came at Skin Renewal Willowbridge I was worried about my health and concerned that I will become more overweight. I met the team and after my first consultation I felt encouraged and felt like I can look forward to life again. Today, in my 5th week of Body Renewal Diet, I lost already lost 10kg! I just love the way they have encouraged and supported me in my journey!

Review -You can really talk to Christine
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Elmarie

The Willowbridge team is very friendly and you feel like you can really talk to her. She goes out of her way to help and really knows her stuff!

Review -Product is good, but Christine is better!
Reviewed on 4 September 2014 by Shareefa Natha

I am very delighted to say that in my 61 years (most of which was a battle with weight), this is the first therapist that really made me feel important and she's really concerned about my progress. Maybe the product is good, but my therapist is better!

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!

Review -My behandeling is altyd 'n bederf!
Reviewed on 7 February 2014 by Anonymous

Tammy se diens is baie deeglike en sy gee altyd haar 150% om kliente tevrede te stel. Sy laat my op my gemak voel en is 'n goeie luisteraar. Sy is baie goed in wat sy doen en dit is altyd 'n bederf om deur Tammy behandel te word.

Review -Wonderlike diens van begin tot einde!
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Anonymous

Tammy is altyd bereid om 'n plan te maak met die skuif en inpas van afsprake. Ek het nog nooit probleme gehad nie. Ek ervaar wonderlike diens van begin tot einde met elke behandeling!

Review -It is always a pleasure!
Reviewed on 16 September 2014 by Anonymous

Tammy is of great value to the Skin Renewal company due to her understanding of the client's needs, seeking to satisfy them through responsiveness, efficiency and quality of work. It is a pleasure dealing with her and the rest of the Stellenbosch team.

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.

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.

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 and the Laser Hair Removal treatment that she did. Thank you for such a great experience and service.

Review -Experience of treatment, staff and company are great!
Reviewed on 23 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.

Review -Laser Hair Removal
Reviewed on 17 July 2018 by Anonymous

I can highly recommend this treatment. I am seeing amazing results. My therapist is increadibly thorough and very profesional and makes me feel comfortable every time in what could be a quite embarrassing situation.

Review -Thanks Landa!
Reviewed on 29 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.

Review -Wonderful service from the Brooklyn Branch
Reviewed on 10 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.

Review -Outstanding Results
Reviewed on 11 September 2014 by Patricia Menech

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

Review -I am more than happy!
Reviewed on 25 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.

Review -Cool glide Laser hair removal
Reviewed on 16 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!

Review -Lots of smiles and care!
Reviewed on 10 September 2014 by M.D from Body Renewal Bedfordview

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

Review -Laser hair removal works amazingly well!!
Reviewed on 11 September 2014 by Ursula Govender

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

Review -Fantastic!
Reviewed on 11 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.

Review -Great!
Reviewed on 11 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 definitely come back to Skin Renewal if I need other treatments.

Review -Happy with the results!
Reviewed on 18 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.

Review -Quick, friendly and thorough!
Reviewed on 11 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!

Review -Skin Renewal - Always ahead of what's new
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Michelle Ackerman

The ladies at Parkhurst are amazing therapists, 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.

Review -Skin Body and Health Renewal
Reviewed on 16 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.

Review -Therapist Angelique
Reviewed on 18 September 2014 by Nina Dreyer

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

Review -Very professional
Reviewed on 29 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.

Review -Professional Clinic setup
Reviewed on 15 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.

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!

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!

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!

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Review -Hair Removal review @ Irene
Reviewed on 3 April 2018 by Mrs Meiring from Pretoria

Almal by die tak is altyd vriendelik en behulpsaam. Diens is professioneel, vinnig en vaadig.

Review -Service and Treatment by my Therapist
Reviewed on 11 June 2018 by Anonymous

My therapist is very knowledgable. she is professional but also makes you feel comfortable.

She listens to your needs and takes her time - she is a perfectionist with attention to detail.

She makes me feel special.

Review -My treatment with Hair Removal
Reviewed on 30 May 2018 by Anonymous

My hair removal experience has been absolutely amazing. My therapist, Candice, is a super star and handles every consultation with ease and efficancy.

Definitely above standrad service

Review -Uitsteekende Tak
Reviewed on 23 May 2018 by Anonymous

Almal by die tak is altyd vriednelik en behulpsaam.

Diens is profesioneel, vinnig en vaardig.

Review -Laser Hair Feedback
Reviewed on 18 May 2018 by Anonymous

I have never regretted a treatment or the money spent here, period! The place is always clean, even during the water situation. I feel that I'm so important, my therapist is absolutely amazing, extremely caring, offers loads of advice on how to make the experience pain free. I have never had a bad reaction, the post-treatment pointers help me stay pain-free. I am so happy I choose Skin Renewal. I can definitely recommend it. Lizaan is absolutely amazing and very profesional, she explains everything witch helps extremely.

Review -Altyd Wonderlik
Reviewed on 14 May 2018 by Niecole Pretorius

My paadjie met Renewal Institute Body Renewal Program by Williwbridge is al n lang een maar wat n plesier! Altyd vriendelike gesigte en top diens. Veral n groot dankie aan Charleen, Liana, Helette en Mari 9 by wie ek lieflike facials ontvang. Julle diens is puik en julle het my gewigs reis sommer fantasties gemaak.

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