Laser hair removal or removal of unwanted hairs in recent years has become one of the most common occasions for visiting a cosmetic clinic and for investing in aesthetic procedures by men and women.
Laser hair removal is a modern and effective method for dealing with unwanted hair. The effect of the laser procedure is achieved as a result of absorbing the energy of the laser beam from the hair pigment and, as a result, its destruction.
Laser hair removal is recommended for any part of the body where there is excess hair except the area around the eyes. Because the laser acts simultaneously on multiple hair follicles, large areas such as the back, arms, legs are treated as easily as small upper lip or bikini area.
Although several types of laser hair removal have been approved so far, the results with each of them may be different. Each individual has a different metabolism, hormonal levels, type and density of hair follicles, which affects the end result of laser hair removal. In the course of its cycle, the hair follicles pass through three growth phases: anagen (growth phase), telogen (resting phase) and catagen (the hair is in the middle phase between growth and rest). At different times, a different percentage of hair is found in the three phases of hair growth, which makes it impossible to remove all the treated hairs at once. The procedure affects only hair in growth phase. This also determines the need to carry out several sequential procedures to achieve complete skin depilation. The next hair removal sessions take place in 35-45 days to allow new hairs that are not affected by the previous procedure and were in a resting phase to grow and be destroyed in the next session.
What is the benefit of the procedure?
Laser hair removal is an effective and long-lasting method for removing unwanted hair, which saves a lot of time and effort that you've spent with old hair removal methods.
Initial consultation: Your doctor will explain what to expect from laser hair removal. They will explain the various options that are right for you, the nature of the procedure, the risks and limitations. A test can be made to determine if your hair will be affected by the laser. If you have dark skin, you may need to apply a whitening cream on the area to be treated to focus the laser energy on the hair follicle instead of the skin and thus reduce the risk of skin burns.
Laser hair removal, the real procedure: shave the treated area and apply an analgesic cream or cooling gel to reduce the pain. During the procedure, you will feel light smell on the skin that is absorbed by the hair follicles. Each pulse of the laser lasts for a minimum of a second and treats an area of several centimeters. Modern laser systems are equipped with a cooling system that lowers skin temperature, providing an extra pain-relieving effect and preventing burning from the laser.
How long does the procedure last?
Depending on the size of the treated area and the type of technique used, the time required to conduct the procedure is different. Upper lip can take 2-5 minutes, a larger area like the back or leg takes up to 20-60 minutes.
Is the procedure painful?
Depending on the laser system you can expect slight discomfort during therapy or it may be completely painless. The most common is burning or pain, which is different in people. Prior to the procedure, a cooling gel or an analgesic cream can be applied to reduce pain.
What to expect after the procedure?
Immediately after the procedure, the area may be red or slightly swollen, like with a light sunburn. In case of increased skin sensitivity after epilation, you will receive recommendations from the dermatologist about how to take care of the irritated skin. Sometimes, the skin in the treated area is covered with crusts, but this reaction takes several days to form.
Although you can immediately go back to your everyday life, exposure to sun after epilation should be avoided. Clean the treated area with soap (or soapless soap) and water. Do not use products that can irritate the skin in the treated area (such as retinoids or drying agents).
Within ten to twenty days after the procedure you may notice hair growth in the treated area. These are actually the hairs that are attacked, which your body is about to get rid of, not newly born. You can shave them if they irritate, but do not try to pluck them, lighten or some other type of hair removal.
If you have dark skin, you may notice a temporary lightening of the skin in the treated area. Although most patients are satisfied with the outcome, it is impossible to predict the success of the therapy in all individuals. The persistence of hair follicles in different parts of the body and in different individuals varies widely. Several procedures for permanent hair removal are usually needed, but there are cases where complete hair removal is never achieved. Even in these cases, however, you will have far fewer hairs than before the procedure.
How does the LightSheer system work?
The system emits light pulses that are absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The laser beam has a pulse character; i. e. is emitted in only half of a second. The duration of each pulse is only long enough to destroy the follicle. During this time the skin is cooled by the patented system of the laser nozzle.
What are the advantages of the LightSheer system over other photoepilation systems?
The LightSheer system provides comfort during treatment, minimal risk of infection of the area, significant speed and precision. Due to the fact that it uses a unique and patented cooling system, it reduces the skin irritation seen in other photoepilation systems. Because of its considerable speed, the system allows rapid treatment even in extensive skin areas.
Is it possible to use the LightSheer system on tanned skin?
LightSheer system can be used successfully with any skin type - from light to dark, even tanned skin. This is achieved by carefully selecting the duration of the impulse and its energy. So people with darker skin and light hairs can benefit from the laser hair removal, which is rarely possible with another system.
Is the hair permanently removed with LightSheer?
LightSheer system was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as a "golden standard" for permanent laser hair removal for all skin types. To achieve satisfactory results, an average of 3-5 procedures is needed depending on the treated area.