There is a better solution for Reducing Unwanted Hair
Virtually our entire body is covered with hair. Because most of this hair is fine and pale, it usually isn’t visible to the naked eye. But, when darker, coarser hairs appear in places which may make you uncomfortable – like on the face, neck, abdomen, breasts, legs or underarms in women or on the shoulders, chest and back in men, it may be time to consider laser hair removal.
Understanding Hair Removal
The usual remedies for unwanted hair like plucking, shaving, waxing or chemical depilatories are painful, messy and are only temporary.
Electrolysis is a time-consuming procedure, which can be painful and is useful for removing hair in small areas. During electrolysis, electric current is passed through a needle to destroy each individual hair root. It takes months and numerous regular visits to clear even small areas, like the upper lip.
Laser hair reduction is a more effective and practical solution.
About Laser Treatment
The concentrated light beam emitted by the laser is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses (produces energy) for a fraction of a second, long enough to heat up the hair bulge and significantly impair the follicle’s ability to re-grow. This process treats numerous hair follicles simultaneously and is therefore, appropriate for treating even the largest areas of the body both quickly and effectively.
What Can You Expect?
The duration of a laser treatment may vary from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. The hairs in an active growth phase (anagen) are targeted by the laser. As all hairs are not in this phase at the same time, more than one treatment is necessary. The laser treatment may cause some discomfort but most patients tolerate the procedure well. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others where topical anesthesia can be used.
The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the extent of the procedure and skin type. Redness and swelling around the hair follicle may be seen, which are, in fact, desired endpoints and indicate that the follicle has responded to the treatment. Most people return to routine activity right away. We will be happy to tell you more about your treatment, possible side effects and what results you can expect during your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
When treating hair, the energy emitted by the high-power diode laser must penetrate several millimeters into the skin to reach the root of the hair. When it meets the melanin in the hair (brown color), the light is absorbed, and is converted into heat. The darker, thicker and denser the hair, the more heat is produced. This heat damages the cells responsible for hair regrowth within the hair and in the immediate area around the hair. This ensures a drastic reduction in hair in the treated area.
The hair alternates between periods of growth (anagen) and no growth (telogen). The transition between the two periods is characterized by an interruption in bulb cell proliferation; this intermediate phase is called catagen. In humans, each hair is in a different phase of growth. During a hair removal session, all the hairs are targeted, but in a certain area, only a specific percentage of hair reacts to the laser treatment which are in anagen (growth) phase. Therefore, a series of laser sessions is always necessary. How many sessions are needed varies on a case by case basis and depends upon hair, skin type as well as on genetic and hormonal predisposition. Normally, six to eight sessions per area are needed to reach hair reduction of up to 90%.
Since the laser beam targets the pigment contained in the hair, all pigmented hair will react very well to treatment. Hair from very dark to dark blond can be treated effectively, while white or grey hair will not respond to the treatment. In general, the darker the hair, the better the absorption of light and therefore the better the results.
The effectiveness and outcome of the treatment depends on the color, thickness and depth of the hair as well as hormone levels. It is important to set up a treatment plan with your dermatologist based on your skin type and hair consistency.
The scientific literature shows that, 12 months following the end of treatment, the effects with latest generation lasers are very good. Depending on genetics and hormonal changes fresh up treatments can be necessary.
First, the hair will be shaved to avoid the absorption of the light by the hair laying on the skin. After that, all dark spots on the skin (e.g. moles) are covered with a white pencil and a thin layer of transparent gel is applied to the skin. The hand piece of the laser is moved over the parts of the skin to be treated. The laser sends a light impulse, which creates a gentle prickling sensation. The treatment is very comfortable.
Following the treatment, redness of the skin, strong sensations of warmth or wheals can occur. Overall, the effect is like a light sun burn and disappears in a few hours after the treatment. The hairs dissolve after between five days and two weeks, or fallout.
The treatment is normally performed at an interval of four to eight weeks, when definite hair growth is noticeable.
The treatment with is effective and safe on all skin types. Lightening of the skin or hyper-pigmentation can temporarily occur. A slight erythema, particularly perifollicular erythema, can develop especially for dark, thick hair. In any case, all these effects are reversible and will disappear within a few weeks. For further information about possible side effects please ask your dermatologist.
About Asclepion Mediostar Next Pro
The High-Power Diode Lasers of the MedioStar Family, represent state of the art technology for permanent hair reduction treatments. The wavelengths of the MeDioStar devices were chosen in such a way that the absorption of the light is very high in melanin, but low in water (important substance in the skin), therefore providing for a very selective and safe treatment, with very low risk of side effects. At the same time, this makes it possible to treat even dark skin types (up to skin type VI) with very low risk of hypopigmentation. In addition, a special treatment mode (Smooth Pulse) can be used for larger areas, which makes the laser pulse sensation almost unnoticeable, even for sensitive patients. Due to the optimum design of the MeDioStar lasers, side effects of more than slight redness and swelling around dark hair are very rare.