Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is required when one's hair is darker than the surrounding skin. Additionally very darkly pigmented people absorb too much laser energy in their skin and are not ideal candidates. Tanned patients with light hair are not candidates. Tanned patients with dark hair should wait until their tan fades before they are treated.
Since the laser targets pigments, the best candidate is a patient with dark hair and light skin. This will allow the laser to obliterate the hair follicle without damage to the surrounding and overlying skin. The laser is ineffective against gray or blonde hair. The darker skinned individuals can undergo laser hair reduction, but special considerations and lower energy levels are required.
What will it cost for laser hair removal for me?
Treatment cost varies with the size of the area treated. Large areas, such as the entire back, or the entire legs, cost considerably more. Small areas, such as the upper lip, can be less. Individual consultation with the laser centre is necessary to obtain exact pricing.
Influence of skin colour on laser hair removal?
Light skin makes laser hair removal easier to perform. Fewer treatments are required, and better, faster results are obtained. People with darker skin can be treated, but results are slower, more sessions are required, and greater expertise is required on the part of the laser centre. Laser hair removal must be individualized for each patient.
Influence of hair colour on laser hair removal?
Dark hair absorbs more laser energy and is easier to treat. Coarse dark hair responds the best to laser treatment. Light hair is more difficult to treat. Blonde or red hair is very difficult to treat. Multiple treatment sessions are required, and results are variable. Blonde or red hair usually contains pheomelanin, which absorbs laser energy less avidly than the eumelanin pigment, which is present in black or brown hair.
Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments?
Although one laser session can produce long-term hair removal, as a rule multiple treatment sessions are necessary to obtain optimal results. In large part this is due to the fact that laser hair removal is most effective for hair, which is in the anagen phase. Anagen is the growth phase of hair. Since hair grows in cycles, not all of the hairs are in anagen at any given time. Additional sessions are necessary to target all of the hairs when they are in anagen.
What areas can be treated?
Any area, except adjacent to the eye, where there is excess hair. The most common areas requested are the face, upper lip, neck, chest, periareolar, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, and legs.
About permanent hair reduction by laser?
Waxing, shaving, and plucking all produce hair removal, which is temporary. Several of the newer lasers have clearly documented that there is permanent hair reduction after each treatment. The results tend to be additive, i.e. more treatments lead to greater degrees of permanent hair reduction. For any given patient results cannot be precisely predicted. Results can be variable, even with the best lasers.
Is Laser Hair Reduction permanent?
Laser hair reduction should give a 70% reduction in hair growth. What grows back is lighter, thinner, and of finer hair quality. However, it is experienced that the majority of patients have been happy with their results.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments for laser hair reduction is variable. Clients require 8-10 sessions spaced one to two months apart, and possibly touch-ups during the lifetime. It is important to understand that hair grows in cycles. In order for the laser to be efficacious, the hair follicle must be in the active growing phase. Therefore, hair follicles that are in the resting stage will be resistant to laser therapy at that time.
What should I avoid after treatment ?
Sun exposure or tanning should be avoided. This can be accomplished by the use of sunscreens. The treated areas should be handled gently, avoiding the use of abrasive cleansers or topical acne preparations. If necessary, a topical antibiotic such as Flutibact, T-Bact (a prescription antibiotic available as a cream or an ointment) can be applied. Most patients experience no noticeable after effects of laser hair removal.
What will I look like after the treatment ?
In most instances, no perceptible skin changes are apparent. Rarely, mild redness and swelling may occur, but can be covered with makeup immediately. Redness if occurs, it usually fades within 24 hours. At the time of treatment many of the hairs are removed, and others shed in 1-2 weeks following the treatment. In most instances you will be able to apply makeup immediately if you chose.
Is Laser Hair Removal safe?
The Intense Pulse Light was developed from years of research at the Wellman Laboratories of Photo medicine, one of the world's leading medical laser research institutions. The laser is pulsed, or "turned on," for only a fraction of a second and the duration of each pulse is just long enough to disable the hair follicles. A unique component of the Intense Pulse Light is the actively cooled sapphire hand piece, was designed to protect the skin by actively cooling it before, during and after the laser light is transmitted. It also actively draws off heat from the skin surface, which further protects the skin from injury.
Does it hurt?
The cooling tip has a mild anaesthetic property, which allows tender areas to be treated in a relatively painless fashion. You may feel a tingling or stinging sensation during the treatment, but most people tolerate the procedure well. Topical anaesthetic is available to increase your comfort, if you choose. Following your treatment, you may experience a sunburn-type sensation in the treated area for several hours.
How does laser hair removal differ from electrolysis and is the permanent treatment ?
The main difference between this technology and the traditional method known as electrolysis, is that lasers can treat multiple hair follicles at one time, no longer requiring the need to identify and probe each individual hair follicle, as is done with electrolysis. Laser hair removal is relatively new technology. Most people need an average of 8-10 treatments. Hair grows in cycles and subsequent treatments are necessary to treat the follicles that are lying dormant below the surface of the skin. These dormant follicles contain little pigment and are often not affected by the first treatment.