Laser hair removal with 2D Advanced Diode Laser
How does the diode laser work?
The diode laser targets the pigment located in the hair follicle. The light from the diode laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and this energy is converted to heat which results in thermal damage to the hair follicle. This thermal damage causes permanent destruction of the hair follicles. Simply stated, the darker pigmentation of the hair follicle absorbs more energy than the pigment in the surrounding skin. Therefore the laser raises the temperature of the hair follicle safely without damage to the surrounding skin. Unlike electrolysis, which kills one hair follicle at a time, the diode laser reaches and treats hundreds of follicles at a time.
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Is it safe?
Yes! the laser beam has been carefully designed for selective destruction of hair follicles with no damage to the surrounding skin.
Does it hurt?
A unique component of the diode system is the actively cooled sapphire hand piece tip which has been designed to conduct heat away from the skin during the laser pulse. This cools the skin and protects it from injury. The cooling tip has a mild anesthetic property. Additionally, a topical anesthetic lotion is routinely used to ensure minimal discomfort.
How many treatments are needed?
The diode laser is most effective in the treatment of follicles that are in the active growth phase at which there is an abundance of melanin which the laser targets. However, not all hairs are actively growing at the same time. Hairs actually go through three distinct growth phases: active growth, regression and resting. Therefore, because the laser is most effective for hair follicles that are in the active growth phase, more than one treatment may be required to remove hair follicles. However, one treatment may result in a significant enough improvement that it may be all you desire or require. On the average three to five sessions will be necessary depending upon a patient’s skin and hair type. The interval between sessions is approximately four to five weeks.
Are there any pre-treatment restrictions?
Yes. Any amount of suntan will make the laser treatment less effective and increase the chances for an adverse effect such as blisters or burning. Therefore sun bathing and tanning are to be avoided prior to the procedure. Additionally, as the follicle beneath the skin contains the melanin that the laser targets waxing, plucking and electrolysis should be avoided for several weeks prior to the procedure. Additionally, the laser should be avoided in cases of active outbreaks of cold sores or Herpes Simplex virus.
Can there be any complications from the laser?
Yes. There have been cases reported of temporary lightening or darkening of the skin following a laser treatment. There are no known permanent complications from the diode laser hair removal system.
Who is an ideal candidate for the Light Sheer diode laser system?
The ideal candidate has dark hair and light skin. Dark hairs absorb more of the laser light and lighter skin allows more transmission of the laser light into the follicle. Although dark skin may run a higher risk of pigmentation changes following the procedure, the Light Sheer’s unique longer wavelength at 810 nm allows the safe treatment for dark skin. No other hair removal laser has this property. Unfortunately gray or blond hairs respond least to the Light Sheer.
How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?
Electrolysis works by the use of an electric current delivered through a small needle or electrode which is passed through the skin and, hopefully, into the hair bulb beneath the surface of the skin. There are several drawbacks with electrolysis. First, the electric current can damage normal skin around the hair follicle resulting in scarring. Secondly, since it is impossible to see the hair follicle which is being treated, the practitioner cannot be certain that the electric current is being placed in exactly the right space. As anyone who has had electrolysis can attest, electrolysis can be exceedingly painful. Therefore, electrolysis is more costly, slower, and most dangerous when compared to laser hair removal.
Is the diode laser approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction?
Yes! In April 1999 the Coherent Light Sheer diode laser system was approved by the FDA as an effective PERMANENT hair reduction method.