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Questions & Answers (or FAQ for those who don't know)

How does it work?
Intense light is pulsed directly onto your skin surface that is covered in ultrasound gel. The light penetrates your skin and targets the melanin in your hair and skin, and gradually generates and increases the heat to the hair follicle and its surrounding tissue. Result: Hair dies and after 2 weeks it falls out. Then you go again to get more done.
Does it hurt?
No it does not. This beauty is not pain. You'll feel cheated! Ok, maybe a slight sting here and there. Immediately after the treatments you may feel a mild heat for a few minutes, or a couple of hours, but mostly you will feel next to nothing at all.
How many treatments does it take?
Every treatment reduces the amount of hair present by about 10%. Only actively growing hair is affected. At any one time your hair is either growing, resting or dying and being replaced. Some men need as many as 24 treatments depending on the coarseness of their hair.
Before the treatments:
There will be a consultation to look for contraindications and to determine your skin and hair type, and to check for anything you might do or take that can put you at risk. Then if it's safe, Then wait 72 hours to see if anything happens. If nothing, good! Read about some of the contraindications CLICK HERE.
What is a patch test?
After your screening for contraindications, a patch test is done on a small spot, ususally under one arm, where it's not noticable. This test will use your individualised setting to see if there will be any reaction to the treatment. A wait of 24-72 hours is required after for adverse reactions.
Do I arrive as my furry self?
The area to be treated should be shaved 12-14 hours before, latest 2 days before. If not, your therapist will shave you and charge you for the service.
What happens after?
Your hair will grow back really slowly. There can be shedding around the two-week mark.
How much hair do I lose every time?
Approximately 10% of the hair in the treated area after each session.
Do I have to stay off work?
SHR has no after-effects, so you can go back to work right away.
Do I shave before?
You have to shave on the day, or the day before or no more than two days before.
Can I wax before?
No. The light uses your shaved hair as a conduit to get down to the follicle. You cannot wax for 2-4 weeks before your treatment.
Check out HERE what you can and cannot do!
How does it work?

During treatments Intense Pulsed Light is fired through a handpiece that is in contact with your skin. These SHR machines function only in the visible light spectrum so no infrared or damaging ultraviolet radiation.

The SHR light targets colour pigment in the hair as well as chromophore colour pigments such as melanin in brown spots and freckles; and haemoglobin in broken or diffused blood vessels and this helps with skin rejuvenation.  

The light penetrates only the upper layers of your skin from the surface down to the hair follicles and surrounding tissue and heats it.Heating the follicle and surrounding tissue deactivates follicles from generating new hairs.

Is it dangerous?
Cars are dangerous... Training of therapists and quipment design minimises risk in a best-practice environment of screening and application.
Is this the same as radiation?
It's not a cell phone. You are NOT radiated. The LASER4MEN SHR system operates in the visible spectrum of light. No infrared or ultraviolet radiation. The light penetrates your skin no deeper than to your folliciles and surrounding tissue.
Can I do my shaft and scrotum?
Yep. Anything with hair on it can be treated.
Will it affect my ability to get a woody?
It's not that sort of thing mate. There is no radiation and it is only skin deep and it's not a cell phone.
Do I have to take my clothes off?
Only the parts that are going to be treated. You can keep your shoes on....
What if I get a woody?
(Erection/Fat for those who don't know)
So what? It says nothing more about you other than it works.
Contagiousness?
NEVER perpetuate your problems on others. If you suspect you contracted something before your appointment that can be transferred through touch, do the right bloody thing and cancel! Herpes-type conditions, even when you have a cold sore, cannot be treated.
  Q&A Super Hair Removal
Why 'Hair Reduction' and not 'Hair Free'?
You can never achieve 100% 'hair free' no matter what system you use. The maximum is around 90-95%. The average is actually between 75-90%.

After you've reached their desired level of reduction, most men have a 'maintenance session' once a year or every couple of years depending on their own unique situation.
Does it smell?
There is no burning hair and no smell.
Am I hair free immediately?
Embarking on this treatment requires a commitment over time.
Skin conditions?
Your skin must be in a good and healthy condition. No open sores or breakouts of any kind. Check out these no-no's.
What does it feel like?
Nothing, basically. Maybe a little cold from the imaging gel that is spread over the skin before, and the coolness of the machine head against your skin. On big jobs it gets a little warmer.
Does it work on blond hair?
It's not impossible any more. The LASER4MEN SHR system is more effective on blond hairs where it was impossible in the past.
What about red hair?
Same as blond hair. Much more effective than other systems.
I have gray hair?
This type of treatment does not work on gray hair because there is no pigment to use as a conduit.
Will I break out?
Breaking out is an immune system reaction. This can happen, same as waxing. But you are screened carefully and the patch test that is done before anything else usually throws up any adverse effects you may experience.
I have vericose veins.
This can not be treated.
Skin conditions?
There is a list of things you should not have or do or take if you are considering SHR. CLICK HERE to see the list.
Steroids?
SHR is a hair REDUCTION system while steroids is a hair GROWING system. It's a futile battle.
Suntan/Sunbake?

NEVER Not before and not after! And then you have to wear sunblock because your skin can pixellate. Read this list!

What is a Brazilian?
The hair on your shaft and scrotum are treated.
What is a Colombian?
Same as for the Brazilian, but all the pubic hair is treated as well.
What's better, a Brazilian or a Hollywood wax?
There is no 'better'. It is a personal preference.
What is a BSC?
Back, sac and crack....same as for waxing. It includes removing the hair from the tops of the shoulders, the back, butt and crack, and a Brazilian in the front.
NOTE: About names and terms
Terms mean different things in different countries and can vary from therapist to therapist. It is safest to explain what you want done and let the therapist put a name to it. Never assume therapists knows what you want done. Always tell them unless you want an opinion in which case you must ask them to suggest something.
WARNING! Presciption Drugs

There is a long list of medications and conditions that cannot be in your system when you are treated. If you plan to do this and you have ANY doubt about what you're on, chat to your phamacist or doctor. Tell them you're planning to do this and ask if it is safe for you to do!