ProWave Hair Removal FAQs

The ProWave hair removal system delivers an infra-red light source for permanent hair reduction. Prowave can be tailored to treat a wide range of skin types. It is a fast method of permanent hair reduction, and can treat lower legs in 20 minutes. It has a sapphire cooling tip for increased safety and comfort.


What areas can be treated with ProWave?
ProWave can remove hair from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line.


What do ProWave treatments feel like?
When the pulse of the light is delivered, some patients experience a mild stinging sensation. No local anaesthesia or pain medication is required.


How many ProWave treatments will I need?
Most body areas require 6-8 treatments. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors – hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Each hair grows at a different rate and goes through three distinct phases: growth, regression, and resting. ProWave treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment.

Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.


What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your ProWave treatment, the area may appear a bit red and a ring around the hair follicle may be slightly swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave.


Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.


What are the possible side effects?
Although clients experience few side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to hives, or similar to after waxing. These effects usually last a couple of hours or less.


How does ProWave compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated on a frequent basis. ProWave offers permanent hair reduction for lasting results.


How does ProWave compare with electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a slow method of hair reduction, that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. With Prowave all your hairs can be treated simultaneously, by delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time. ProWave effectively treats an area in just seconds, that might take a half an hour with electrolysis.


Why is ProWave a good choice over other hair removal systems?
Using the latest technology in hair removal, ProWave can rapidly treat large areas safely and effectively on patients with a wide range of skin types. The cooled hand piece increases client comfort and minimizes the adverse skin reaction commonly seen with other light sources.


Compare the Cutera Prowave Pulsed Light system to other basic IPL systems:
Many other IPL systems are low powered, so they cannot treat fine or medium hairs easily. Low powered IPL systems are limited to being able to ONLY treat thick coarse hairs and also have difficulty delivering long term efficacy. Cutera Prowave provides enhanced comfort, as it has a built in contact cooling with a Sapphire tip cooling, enabling operator to reduce temperature to 5 degrees. Other basic IPL systems only have a quartz glass prism, so are more painful. Prowave saves you time, because it can deliver a pulse of energy at a speed of up to 2 Hertz (i.e. 2 pulses of light per second), whereas other low powered IPL’s can be up to 4 times slower. This could mean the difference of 20 minutes to treat lower legs with Prowave versus 60 minutes with a low powered device.