Laser Hair Removal
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Our laser, the Syneron® Hair Removal system, powered by the revolutionary elōs Technology, is setting new standards of speed, safety, and efficacy, in the removal of even minimally-pigmented hair colors, and all skin tones, including tanned skin.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK ?
The magic of elōs overcomes the limitations of IPL and conventional lasers. Elōs is the first and only technology that simultaneously harnesses the power of both bi-polar radio frequency (RF) and optical energy (either laser or light).
Developed by IPL inventor/patent-holder Dr. Shimon Eckhouse and physicist Dr. Michael Kriendel, this revolutionary technology platform exceeds the safety and procedural limitations of intense pulse light (IPL) and conventional lasers.
The elōs Difference - Safe, Controllable Energy with Enhanced Penetration
- RF, a highly controllable energy heat source, works synergistically with optical energy
- Enables use of light energy at a level that is safe for all skin types (less optical energy compared to conventional lasers and IPLs)
- Poses no additional risk to the epidermis
- Precisely targets areas “preheated” by optical energy and avoids cool areas
- Provides enhanced penetration for improved treatment results
Elōs State-of-the-Art Safety Features
- Chilled contact cooling of the sapphire treatment tip helps direct RF energy deeper into the dermis (maximizes efficacy) and away from the epidermis (maximizes safety)
- Active Dermal Monitoring™ provides “real time” temperature feedback with each pulse
- Contact check prevents energy pulse if RF electrodes are not coupled
- Numeric impedance measurement guides practitioner to treatment zone (10-20%)
How our Hair Removal Systems Work
Using revolutionary elōs Technology, Syneron systems first preheat the target using optical energy, which creates a thermal path on which the radio frequency (RF) travels. RF is delivered directly to the hair follicle, which cannot conduct RF. The build-up of current density results in 4x heat coefficient thermal transfer. Under 80X magnification, distinct peri-follicular coagulation or bleaching is evident. The hair follicle is terminally disabled and denatured
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WILL I NEED MORE THAN ONE SESSION?
It is crucial to understand that hair grows in predictable cycles and laser treatments only affect the active growing stage of hair. This explains why one needs several treatments, since at any given time of a treatment, only a portion of hairs are in the growth phase; the others are dormant or nearly so and do not absorb laser light. Thus any single treatment can only treat a subpopulation of hairs. Even shaved hairs are treatable by the laser, since it is not the visible part of the hair outside the skin that is being treated; it is deep in the hair root. After laser treatment, the hair may seem that is continuing to grow for up to 2 weeks, but that merely represents a dead hair shaft being pushed out of the skin. It will fall out and typically will not regrow, or may at times be replaced by soft ('baby') hair. Dark and coarse hair with light skin is the ideal patient for laser hair treatment, as they have hair rich in the laser absorbing melanin pigment, and skin that has little melanin to compete for the laser energy and cause skin heat injury. Another important patient group optimally treated with laser hair reduction is African-American patients with 'razor bumps' caused by curly facial hair that becomes ingrown on the face, causing severe irritation and raised skin bumps (medically, this is known as pseudo-folliculits barbae). Patients with white, blond, or light red hair do not respond to laser treatment due to their minimal melanin hair content. They are best treated with other methods.
WHAT IS A TREATMENT LIKE AND WILL IT HURT?
You will initially have a consultation with our licensed Aesthetician Laser Specialist. Your treatment plan will be individualized to your skin and hair type, the areas requiring treatment, and your goals of treatment. Your medical history will be reviewed, including any use of Accutane [R], Retin-A [R], or tetracycline type medications, as well as any hormonal conditions that may promote excessive hair growth (such as polycystic ovary syndrome in women); laser should be avoided for a year after stopping Accutane treatment, and for about one month after the other medications, to prevent skin injury stimulated by the laser light. You will be prescribed a preventative antiviral medication if you have a history of herpes or cold sores in the areas to be treated. You may be given a series of test laser pulses and be asked to come back within several days; the purpose of this is to see how your skin reacts to different energy levels and to see if effective energy levels cause discomfort. The test pulses help plan for the actual treatment sessions. Some may have extra sensitivity and for those we can prescribe a numbing, Novocain-type cream to be applied an hour before the treatment. Laser pulses do often sting mildly or feel like a quick snapping sensation, but significant pain is unlikely. You will be asked not to wax or pluck or tan for at least 2 weeks prior to the treatment, and on the day of the treatment, the area to be treated will be shaved. A thin coating of water soluble ultrasound jelly may be applied to the skin to allow the sapphire tip of the handpiece to glide along the skin comfortably. Everyone in the treatment room, including you, will be asked to put on laser safety glasses or eye shields to protect your eyes from the strong laser beam. You will be comfortably lying down on a treatment table. You will be asked not to tan for 1-2 weeks after the treatment, to avoid skin pigment darkening stimulated by the laser light. Otherwise there are no restrictions after treatment.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST ?
Treatment time varies with the body part treated, the coarseness and color of the hair, its density, and your response to treatment. Facial areas or bikini line treatments can last 10-15 minutes, while large areas of the back or legs can last 1-2 hours.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED ?
This varies from patient to patient, due to variability in hair coarseness and color and density, and the body regions to be treated, as well as individual variation in response to treatment. Most patients will require 3-8 treatments, occasionally more. Please realize that periodic 'touch up' treatment sessions are typically required after the treatment course is completed.
ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS?
There are, but none are nearly as efficient or popular as laser. Shaving's limitations are obvious, as are plucking and waxing. Electrolysis is effective but is painful and extremely tedious as an electric current has to be applied to one single hair at a time. This current has to be painfully delivered by a needle insertion through the skin and to the hair follicle. One study showed that compared to electrolysis, laser was 60 times faster, more reliable, and less painful. Laser treats a large number of hair follicles simultaneously, without needles or electricity. Laser hair removal is clearly the current state of the art.
HOW OFTEN ARE THE TREATMENTS ?
This varies as well, based on individual variation in response to laser and individual variation in hair growth cycles. Additionally, the body region treated varies in the speed of its hair growth cycle, but in general facial and head hair can be retreated the fastest (approx. every 4 -6 weeks), followed by the trunk and arms (every 6-10 weeks), with legs requiring the longest interval between treatments (every 8-12 weeks), in order to wait for more hair to enter the growth phase where it is vulnerable to laser energy.
WHAT RESULTS ARE TYPICAL?
Like all medical treatments, 100% success or predictability from one person to another is impossible. Because of this, the FDA permits the use of the term 'Permanent Hair Reduction' rather than the word removal, emphasizing that 100% and permanent removal of every treated hair is not realistic. But most studies and removal centers find a 90 - 95% reduction in unwanted hair. While permanent reduction or removal commonly occurs, sometimes hair will grow back over time and require retreatment. Often the recurrent hair is very fine, ('baby') hair that is cosmetically much more acceptable than the original coarser and darker hair. Like all medial treatments, no guarantees are possible but laser hair treatment is very successful when one is mindful of the hair growth cycles, which necessitate a series of treatments to catch different hairs as they pass into the treatable growth phase. Patient satisfaction with laser hair treatment is very high, the ultimate test of effectiveness.
ANY SIDE EFFECTS ?
Like any treatment, side effects can occur, but are relatively uncommon and medically serious or dangerous side effects are vanishingly rare, if ever. In the first hours and few days after treatment, hives, skin swelling, or redness are very common and expected. These will subside within the first couple of days. Blisters can occasionally form, and like all blisters will open and heal. These can leave areas of darker or lighter skin pigment. Usually, but not always, the change in pigment resolves within months to up to a year. Dark skinned patients are more prone to pigment changes due to their high melanin skin content. The vast majority of treatments are without any side effects.