Here at Pearl Med Spa, with the Soprano ICE Laser Hair Removal treatment, we can now free you from the tedious tasks of daily shaving and plucking. Best, of all, you can forget about expensive waxing! Soprano ICE is a cutting-edge medical laser technology designed to be one of the most comfortable and effective hair removal treatments, due to the IN-MOTION™ technology in combination with low-heat settings.
We carefully selected the Soprano ICE by Alma Laser, which offers the best treatment options approved by the FDA. Treatments provided through the Alma Laser – Soprano ICE has provided safe and effective permanent hair reduction for thousands of patients worldwide.
“I believe Soprano SHR is the first innovation in laser hair removal in the past 10 years. We are now able to treat all skin types safely, with less pain.”
“SHR is virtually not painful due to the excellent isolation of the thermal effects in the tissue surrounding the follicle. The use of low fluency and relatively short pulses with high repetition frequency, together with a skin surface air-cooling, result in a well-tolerated treatment by patients, particularly those with dark skin tones”
Martin Braun, MD,
Vancouver Laser Center,
Vancouver, BC, Canada
What can you expect from the Soprano ICE hair removal treatment?
Hair removal lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle — without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat energy, which disables the hair follicle from producing another hair.
There are four stages in hair growth, Early, Active, Regression and Resting. Laser Hair removal ONLY affects the active hair growth stage. Approximately 25% of hair is removed with each treatment. A touch up treatment one or two years upon completion of package may be required to maintain results.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
A consultation is necessary to determine the specific laser treatment needed to meet your hair removal needs. Before your first session, it is important for you to avoid waxing and tweezing for a six weeks as to avoid altering or damaging the hair follicle. Shaving is still acceptable as it only impacts the hair above the skin.
You MUST stay out of the sun and tanning beds. Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the treatment areas. Treatment cannot be completed within two weeks of taking antibiotics or medication that causes photosensitivity (sensitivity to light).
On the day before your treatment, you should shave with a new razor. Treatment times last between 15-60 minutes. After treatment is completed, you must apply pure Aloe Vera gel as well as sunscreen to soothe and protect the skin.
*Note: If you have blonde or red hair, the laser will not be as affective because contrast between the hair follicle and the skin pigment is less distinct, making the follicle more difficult to locate.
What can I expect after the laser hair removal treatment?
Within three to four weeks, you should experience shedding of all treated hair. At first, hair will look like it’s growing back in, but it is just coming through the skin to shed. Exfoliating and/or scrubbing gently in the shower with a soft loofa may speed up the process. After shedding is complete, you might experience little black dots still “stuck” in the skin. These are referred to as “pepper spots” and will shed over time.
After shedding occurs, you should experience a hair free period for a few weeks, until the next set of hair comes in. Patients continue this process until he or she has reached diminishing hair returns, or the remaining hairs are too fine for the laser to target.
How many laser treatments will I need and how far apart are they scheduled?
Most people need at least 6-10 initial treatments, 4-6 weeks apart. This is because hair grows in three phases and is neutralized in the first active growing phase only. Several treatments are needed to target ALL hair in the active growth phase.
After 6-8 treatments, patients should experience a considerable reduction of hair. Depending upon hair type such as density and coarseness, as well as varying genetic factors, some clients may require additional treatments.
What does it mean if I am not seeing improvements in hair reduction?
Every laser candidate should explore a possible underlying reason of the extreme hair growth before starting laser. If your body is consistently triggering hair growth, laser treatments might seem ineffective because the body keeps developing new hair.
Women with PCOS hair growth patterns (upper lip, chin, cheeks, etc) should see an endocrinologist for hormone balance testing. Talk to your doctor if you suspect you might have an underlying medical condition causing excessive hair growth before starting laser hair removal. Once the condition is in control, laser hair removal can then be performed.
Is Soprano ICE hair removal safe?
Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair removal. Rarely does blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture occur. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily. Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin, especially if an incorrect laser is used at an incorrect setting.
History of melanoma, raised moles, suspicious lesions, cold sores, tattoos or permanent make-up in areas of treatment, recent use of Accutane, Tetracycline, or St. John’s wort in the last year, autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Scleroderma, Vitigo, pregnancy, trying to get pregnant, or nursing.