Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal
This is the method of permanent excessive hair removal. It is the most effective method ever used – in most of the cases a series of three treatments is enough to permanently remove the unwanted hair.
Laser Sheer Diode Laser System
Laser Sheer Diode Laser System is the latest generation device and it has got the certificate of safety and quality issued by the U.S. FDA (Food & Administration) which is recognised all over the world. Excessive hair is the reason of frustration of not only patients with hormonal disturbances but healthy ones as well. There is a huge demand for an effective method of permanent hair removal from various parts of the body. So far the only methods that made it possible have been electrolysis and thermolysis (electrocoagulation). These methods are painful and require multiple application as each hair has to be removed separately. Electrolysis and elctrocoagulation can also result in skin cicatrisation and the estimated hair re‐growth is about 50%.
All other methods of hair removal such as shaving, various ways of taking the hair out and chemical hair removers give satisfying effects which last only a few days or weeks. The revolutionary laser hair removal was devised as a method causing only the destruction of the follicle and not damaging the skin at the same time and as a method which quickly removes the hair from larger body areas without directing the light at every single follicle. The length of the wave emitted by the laser is 800nm and it penetrates the skin to the depth of 2 mm. It acts only on the surface without affecting body functions. The laser emits a mild beam of rays, going inside a hair follicle, destroying the root permanently.
It must be mentioned that hairs do not grow at the same rate. Some of them are in the stage of growth (they can be seen on the skin) and such hairs react to the laser’s light. The remaining hairs are in the phase of ‘sleep’ which lasts from 3 to 8 weeks. After this period the hairs begin to grow quickly, so the procedure has to be repeated a minimum of 3 times to remove almost all hairs. During the first procedure 40‐60% of hairs are removed and 92% after three procedures. Those which are left are lighter, more delicate and invisible. If hairs have been removed earlier by means of wax, a mechanical hair‐remover or tweezers, a fourth and fifth procedure may have to be applied to obtain better results.
The first procedure is preceded by the examination of the skin condition and a laser test is performed. Each skin reacts individually to the procedure. Skin reddening or perifollicular swelling are likely to appear but they pass after a few days. The reddening and small crusts and overcolouring disappear after a few days. In the case of exceptional oversensitivity they can last up to several weeks.
Procedure before treatment
The first procedure is preceded by a consultation (laser test is performed) – if the skin reaction is proper, the procedure can be done 15 minutes after the test. If there are any doubts, the procedure is done after several days.
- Skin should be shaved, cleansed and with no cream applied.
- After sunbathing the procedure can be applied only after the disappearance of the fresh tan.
- Do not remove hair at least 4 weeks before the treatment.
- Do not use hair‐removing creams 1 week before the treatment.
- Do not use:
- sun‐sensitive drugs, e.g. antibiotics – procedure at least after two weeks of terminating treatment,
- common St. Johnswort, pot marigold (see above),
- exfoliating cosmetics or drugs – at least 1 week before the procedure,
- creams containing rethinol, isotretinoin, fruit acids, Vitamin C, etc at least 1 month before the procedure,
- slimming teas.
Rules after the procedure of laser hair removal
The procedure should be repeated every 4‐8 weeks (depending on individual characteristics). Significant shortening or prolonging the time between the procedures can cause a weaker effect of the treatment.
- Do not sunbathe. The skin must be protected from the sun for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Do not use:
- sun‐sensitive drugs,
- common St. Johnswort, pot marigold,
- exfoliating cosmetics or drugs – at least 2 week after the procedure.
- For a few days after the procedure:
- do not use soap, spirit, alcohol‐based tonics, deodorants, etc.,
- do not irritate skin in the treatment area,
- use the one of the following creams: alantan, solcoseryl or bepanthen 2‐3 times day for 2‐3 days.
- Do not remove hair for at least 6 weeks (face at least 4 weeks).
Laser hair removal contraindications
- Fresh tan (including solarium‐ 5 weeks and self‐tanning creams – 2 weeks).
- Creams containing rethinol (stop applying 3 weeks before treatment).
- Light sensitive medications, retinoids.
- Herbs (common St. Johnswort, pot marigold – stop using 2‐3 weeks before treatment).
- Wax and tweezers hair removal (stop 1 month before treatment).
- Vitiligo and psoriasis.
- Peeling (stop applying 1 week before treatment).