HAIR LASER REMOVAL
Hair laser removal is a medical technique that removes unwanted hair using a focused beam of light (laser). A laser emits light absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair during hair laser removal. The light energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair-producing tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles): this damage limits or delays hair growth in the future.
Even though hair laser removal significantly retards hair growth for extended periods, it does not often result in permanent hair removal right away. Initial hair removal requires many laser removal sessions, and maintenance treatments may be necessary. Hair laser removal is most effective on those with light skin and dark hair, although it is effective on all skin types. New technologies have allowed hair laser removal on darker skin types.
Why is it done?
Laser depilation is utilized to remove unwanted hair. Common treatment areas include the bikini line, legs, armpits, upper lip, and chin. However, it is feasible to cure undesirable hair in practically all areas except the eyelid and its vicinity. Similarly, tattooed skin should not be treated.
The effectiveness of hair laser removal depends on hair colour and skin type. The fundamental premise is that the hair’s pigment should absorb light but not the skin’s pigment. Therefore, the laser should only harm the hair follicle while avoiding skin injury. Thus, contrasting hair and skin colours, such as black and fair skin, produce the most pleasing effects.
The danger of skin damage is more significant when there is minimal contrast between hair and skin colour. Still, technological advancements have made hair laser removal an option for those with darker skin. Gray, red, blonde, and white hair are less amenable to hair laser removal because they do not absorb light efficiently. However, alternatives for laser treatment of light-coloured hair are still being investigated.
Risks of Hair Laser Removal
Risks of side effects vary according to skin type, hair colour, treatment strategy, and compliance with pre-and post-treatment care. The most frequent hair laser removal adverse effects include:
- Skin inflammation, soreness, redness, and edema are possible after hair laser removal. Typically, signs and symptoms fade within a few hours.
- Pigment changes. Hair laser removal has the potential to darken or lighten the skin. These modifications might be temporary or permanent. Those who do not prevent sun exposure before or after treatment and those with darker complexion are most susceptible to skin whitening.
- Rarely, hair laser removal can result in blistering, crusting, scarring, and other skin texture alterations. Also uncommon are greying of treated hair and profuse hair growth surrounding treated regions, especially on darker skin tones.
- Due to the risk of severe eye damage, eyelids, eyebrows, and adjacent regions are not suggested for hair laser removal.
How do you organize?
- Choose a clinic that specializes in hair laser removal. Be wary of spas, salons, and other establishments that use sub par devices to perform hair laser removal.
- Consult your laser therapist before hair laser removal to discover if this is a viable treatment choice for you. Our laser therapist will perform the following:
- Review your medical history, including drug usage, skin diseases or scars, and previous hair removal operations.
- Discuss potential dangers, advantages, and outcomes, including what hair laser removal can and cannot accomplish for you.
- Take photographs for use in before-and-after evaluations and long-term assessments.
- During the session, discuss the proposed treatment strategy and associated costs. Typically, hair laser removal is an out-of-pocket charge.
Our laser therapist will also provide preparation instructions for hair laser removal. These could consist of the following:
- Avoid exposure to the sun. Follow your physician’s instructions on sun avoidance before and after treatment. Always apply a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen before going outside.
- You are lightening your skin. Avoid sunless creams that darken skin tone. If you have a recent tan or darker skin, your doctor may also recommend a skin-lightening lotion.
- I am avoiding other techniques of hair removal. Plucking, waxing, and electrolysis can cause hair follicle disruption and should be avoided at least four weeks before treatment.
- Steer clear of blood-thinning drugs. Ask your physician which medications, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs, you should avoid before the surgery.
- Shaving preparation area Shaving and trimming are advised the day before laser therapy. It eliminates hair above the skin, which might cause superficial skin injury due to burned follicles, but leaves the hair shaft below the surface intact.
What may you Anticipate in Hair Laser Removal?
Typically, hair laser removal involves three to eight sessions. The duration between treatments will vary based on location. Treatment may be repeated every four to eight weeks in places with rapid hair growth, such as the upper lip. In areas with a slower rate of hair growth, such as the back, treatments may be administered every 10 to 14 weeks.
During each treatment, wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser beam. If required, an assistant may shave the location again. Our laser therapist may administer a topical anesthetic to your skin to alleviate discomfort.
Throughout the treatment
Our technician will apply a handheld laser device to your skin. Depending on the type of laser employed, a cooling device on the laser’s tip or a cold gel may be utilized to protect your skin and reduce the danger of adverse effects.
When the technician starts the laser, the laser beam will penetrate through the patient’s skin to the hair follicles. The laser beam’s extreme heat destroys the hair follicles, inhibiting growth. As a result, you may experience pain, such as a heated pinprick, and you will most likely feel chilly from the cooling device or gel.
A tiny region, such as the top lip, may require only a few minutes to treat. However, a wider area, such as the back, may need more than an hour to treat.
After the treatment
In the initial few hours following hair laser removal, you may experience redness and swelling. To alleviate any pain, apply ice to the affected region. In addition, the technician may administer cream to the afflicted area if you experience a skin response immediately following hair laser removal.
Avoid sunlight and tanning beds for six weeks after hair laser removal and between regular treatments or as instructed by your technician. Utilize every day a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen.
Results of Hair Laser Removal
Over a few days to many weeks, you will gradually lose your hair. This may appear to be ongoing hair growth. In most cases, multiple treatments are required since hair growth and loss occur naturally in cycles, and laser therapy is most effective on hair follicles in the new-growth phase.
Results are highly variable and difficult to anticipate. Most individuals have hair removal that lasts several months and, in some cases, years. But hair laser removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. When hair regrows, it is more delicate and lighter in colour.
Laser maintenance treatments may be required for permanent hair reduction.
What about laser hair removal at home?
Some lasers are promoted to be used at home for hair removal. These devices do not have enough energy to do hair removal effectively and will cause little hair removal. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deems these hair laser removal devices for the home to be cosmetic, not medical. Therefore they are not subject to the same scrutiny as other medical equipment. There are currently no significant, long-term studies on the safety and efficacy of home devices.
We Use the Gold Standard Cynosure Elite IQ for your Hair Laser Removal
Cynosure Elite IQ laser is our workhorse dual-wavelength aesthetic laser. We use the Elite IQ™ for many treatments, including hair laser removal, vascular lesions (rosacea, facial and leg veins), pigmented lesions (sun damage, age spots), benign lesions (warts, skin tags, moles), skin rejuvenation (wrinkles, fine lines, skin tightening, psoriasis), Scar removal (acne scars).
Elite iQ platform offers customized hair laser removal treatments for all skin types, including the face, back, underarms, chest, arms, legs, and bikini area.
With the patented SkinTel® technology, the Elite IQ has the only FDA-cleared melanin reader that adjusts to your exact skin type and colour. It finds the perfect setting for every skin tone, from fair to dark (and tanned), and every hair texture, from fine to coarse hair.
It allows our practitioners to optimize hair removal treatments tailored to each client’s skin type and ethnicity. No more judging skin types by eye or second guessing if a patient has been in the sun. Instead, SkinTel® allows our practitioners to know the right parameters for treatment, allowing for the ideal, safe, and effective laser skin treatment.
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