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Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem that can be a source of distress for both men and women. Dermatologists use lasers and light sources to safely and effectively treat larger areas of unwanted hair with minimal patient discomfort and fewer complications than other hair-reduction methods. Most lasers are equipped with a cooling device that reduces the discomfort from the laser light and also protects the top layer of skin from excessive heating and potential changes in pigmentation.
How Does It Work?
LightPod lasers (Neo and V650) represent the state-of-the-art in Nd:YAG lasers, employing its innovative 650-microsecond pulse technology to achieve new levels of efficacy and gentle treatment of laser hair removal. They produce high power laser pulses with a revolutionary 650-microsecond pulse duration, which is shorter than the Thermal Relaxation Time of the skin tissue surrounding the follicle. As a result, the laser-generated heat is effectively sealed within the follicle as it doesn’t have time to conduct outward to the surrounding skin. This results in a substantial increase in treatment efficacy on fair skin and lighter hairs compared to the prior generation of Nd:YAG 1064nm lasers, or even compared to diode and Alexandrite lasers, as clinical research has shown.
It also results in a much higher level of safety and comfort for the treatment of tanned skin or darker skin types, since the laser energy passes through the skin 50 to 500 times faster than those used by traditional long pulse Nd:YAG lasers for hair removal, and does not overheat the epidermal melanin.
A laser that performs hair removal without any skin cooling during the treatment and without contact to the skin by the handpiece.
How Does It Work?
Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices send specific concentrated beams of light through the skin that are absorbed by the melanin (dark) pigment present in the hair follicle shafts. Because hair grows in cycles, repeated treatments are necessary to destroy the hair follicles. In general, three or more treatments are required to achieve permanent hair growth reduction.
Will it work for me?
Darker hair responds best to laser hair removal. Lighter-colored hair is least responsive, but topical medications can be used in an effort to increase effectiveness. Be sure to avoid tanning or sunless tanners and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for up to six weeks prior to treatment.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects include discomfort, swelling, and redness that last one to three days. Other possible side effects include blistering, herpes simplex outbreaks, bacterial infections and temporary skin lightening or darkening (especially in patients with skin of color or those with tans). Patients are instructed to avoid sun exposure and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher following the procedure.
|Treatment Type||Laser Hair Removal|
|Treatment Problem or Condition||Unwanted Hair|
Typically six to eight treatments about 4 to 6 weeks apart are needed to achieve 90% permanent hair loss. Why only 90%? The body will always continue to produce new hair follicles that were not around during your treatment. However, usually this will be a few strands of fine, fair, baby-like hair.