While laser and IPL hair removal are the most widely known procedures for removing unwanted hair, it isn’t only your choice for permanent hair reduction. SHR or Super Hair Removal, a unique light-based technology, is also a good option for disabling future hair growth. It is safe, fast, pain-free, and suitable for all skin colors and hair types.
If this is your first-time hearing about SHR and are considering this procedure, continue reading. In this article, we will explore what SHR is and what makes it unique, as well as the reasons to choose SHR as your next or new hair removal procedure.
What exactly is SHR and how does it work?
SHR or Super Hair Removal is a method developed by Alma Lasers, an innovator of medical aesthetic lasers and radiofrequency devices for medical and aesthetic procedures. It is a unique laser-based technology that uses low fluence laser pulses at a higher frequency for safe and effective hair removal treatment.
One thing that makes SHR different from other procedures is that it uses 50% of the light energy to target the hair’s pigment or melanin, while the other 50% focuses on the stem cells responsible for hair production. It scans the treatment area with gentler pulses of energy, instead of sending high-intensity energy shots to the skin surface.
SHR allows gentle heating of the skin, which makes the procedure comfortable and virtually pain-free. In addition, it uses a low-heat setting and In-Motion technique, which enables the applicator to be moved around, instead of being held still on top of the skin surface. This results in gradual heat accumulation with increased patient comfort.
There is also the use of AFT™ or Advanced Fluorescence Technology, which is a special light filter. It converts unused or unnecessary wavelengths into useful energy, enabling the delivery of low energy into the follicles. And therefore, with low and gentle energy levels, the treatment is safe, effective, and virtually pain-free.
5 Reasons to try SHR or Super Hair Removal
1. Safe, fast, and virtually pain-free
When compared to conventional IPL and laser hair removal treatments, SHR is considered faster and virtually pain-free. The slow build of energy helps in making the procedure more comfortable and keeping skin trauma at a minimum.
SHR, furthermore. combines low fluence laser pulses with contact cooling to make the experience comfortable. This makes it ideal for patients with sensitive skin types or lower pain thresholds.
2. Suitable for all hair and skin types
SHR is not just for coarse and dark hairs; it is also suitable for fine and light ones. It is, however, natural for lighter-colored hairs (blonde and gray) to require more sessions.
SHR can also be used on all skin colors, including tanned skin and dark skin types, but it is not advisable to undergo tanning before or at the time of your treatment. It is safe for all skin colors and hair types, particularly Asian ones.
3. Can treat almost any area
You can turn to SHR for reducing or getting rid of unwanted hair in nearly every part of the body. Treatment areas include:
- Face (upper lip, beard)
- Bikini area
4. No cuts, bumps, and associated side effects
Since SHR uses low and gentle energy pulses that treat the follicles, you can say goodbye to waxing, shaving, and related side effects. These include cuts, nicks, bumps, ingrown hairs, redness, and bleeding. There is also no need to wax or shave after just a few days or weeks.
With short-lived and temporary results from conventional hair removal methods, it will end up being more expensive in the long run. This is because you’ll continuously need to buy razors, shaving cream, or book a waxing appointment every couple of weeks.
Check our previous post and find out why it’s time to rethink shaving.
5. Longer-lasting results
As SHR targets the hair follicles to disable future hair growth, you can expect lasting results. It can also help you achieve permanent hair reduction as long as you complete the recommended number of treatments, which can be between six to eight sessions (4 to 8 weeks intervals).
SHR permanently damages hair follicles in the active growth stage. They should not grow back, but if the follicles are not in the said stage, they will need to be treated again. Do take note that hair grows in various cycles, so repeat treatments are required to effectively disable the hair growth.
There are also cases where you’ll see fine hairs after the initial session, which can be due to a number of factors like hormonal changes, stress, menopause, and medications.
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics Singapore has received the Bronze Award for Best Hair Removal in Expat Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. To learn more about SHR and our other hair reduction procedures, contact our clinic today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor.