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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 Ballito, 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 -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 -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.

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 -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 -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 -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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