- How is the session conducted?
The medical team of the Centre Laser Sorbonne will provide an appointment with one of our doctors. The consultation fee is €45, except for hair removal procedures, for which the initial appointment is free. During this initial visit, the doctor will discuss your options and give you a physical examination to make sure there is no medical obstacle to treatment. They will answer any questions you may have about lasers. The doctor will give you a quote, along with an informed consent form in accordance to French legislation concerning medical lasers. The quote will specify the number and scheduling of the planned sessions, the price of each session and the equipment to be used.
- Is there such a thing as permanent hair removal?
Given the present state of knowledge and the experience of medical teams in this type of treatment, it is now possible to confirm that hairs treated by laser do not grow back. The difficulty resides in the completeness of the treatment. Certain patients may have persistent hairs which can be eliminated by thermolysis. Unlike hair removal procedures using IPL, which cannot be performed on darker skins and will not achieve permanent results, lasers will deliver more long-lasting results.
- What about remodelling and photorejuvenation?
Our doctors' experience shows that laser treatment yields favorable results for the tone and elasticity of the skin (sometimes called remodelling) as well as its glow (photorejuvenation) as long as the patient makes an appointment for an annual touch-up session. The Centre Laser Sorbonne offers a unique combination of various techniques, such as flashlamp (IPL) for photorejuvenation and different remodelling lasers.
- Why are several lasers necessary?
Unfortunately there is no "all-in-one" laser allowing for the whole range of treatments offered by the Centre Laser Sorbonne while guaranteeing effective results and optimal safety.
- How can I be sure that the equipment is effective and safe?
Several categories of equipment are available on the market. But only Class-4 lasers, reserved for doctors, ensure long-lasting results. There is an analogous classification for flashlamps (IPL). By choosing to be treated at the Centre Laser Sorbonne you are assured of having doctors specialized in vascular and dermatological laser technology, who have at their disposal a whole range of equipment that is new, well-maintained and thoroughly tested.
- Do lasers cause any side effects?
The more complete your doctor's mastery of the equipment, the lower the chance of side effects. In any case they are limited and usually reversible. This is why you should follow the advice that your doctor will give you during your initial consultation at the Centre. It is always possible to receive slight burns on the surface of the skin in the form of light scabs. These may appear 48 hours after the session and will disappear without a trace within two weeks. More rarely, reactions involving hyper- or hypo-pigmentation may be observed on the treated area. These are usually reversible. However, it is important to distinguish normal effects of treatment from side effects. It is normal to experience skin redness and a sensation of heat on the treated area, both of which disappear within a few hours. In addition, cooling techniques make it possible to considerably reduce these temporary effects. Laser treatment is generally performed in conjunction with a cooling of the epidermis.
- Are there any contraindications for laser and flashlamp (IPL) treatment?
Before treatment, patients are strictly advised not to expose areas to be treated to the sun or to any sort of UV treatment. Likewise, the recent use of self-tanning products or suntan activators is incompatible with undertaking treatment. In addition, doctors will ask if you are currently taking any photosensitive medication. The doctor will determine your treatment’s start date during your initial appointment.
- I am pregnant. Can I undergo cosmetic laser treatment?
Although no studies are available, as an obvious legal precaution your doctor will advise you not to undergo laser treatment during pregnancy.
- What general precautions should I take?
Make a point of informing your doctor of any medical problems that you may be subject to. Precautions should be taken if you are epileptic or diabetic, or if you have immunosuppressive or hormonal problems or a condition affecting blood coagulation, skin healing (keloids) or porphyria cutanea. These conditions do not necessarily present an obstacle to your being treated, but your doctor will need to discuss them with you. Finally, certain local conditions may prove to be a temporary or permanent impediment to treating an area of your body, for example, herpes, beauty spots or wounds. At your first appointment it is important to tell the doctor about any medications you may be taking, as some may be photosensitive.
- Is it possible to treat spider veins of the lower limbs?
Vascular lasers are becoming more and more common in the treatment of small varicose veins (under 1mm in diameter). They are effective on smaller varicosities, which sclerotherapy is unable to treat. However, at Centre Laser Sorbonne we do not treat major varicose veins. During your first appointment at the Centre the doctor may recommend a more in-depth vascular examination before beginning treatment to avoid any risk presented by underlying venous insufficiency.