Why Laser hair removal?
Traditional methods of temporary hair removal today include shaving, depilatory creams, waxing, threading and plucking. Until now the only way to permanently remove hair has been by electrolysis, which is painful, time consuming and occasionally resulting in permanent scars. But SkinMedics now provides a permanent solution to the ugly hair growth through the latest Diode hair removing laser system.
What is a Diode hair removal laser system?
Diode hair removal system is a non invasive light therapy device specifically designed to eliminate undesired hair from all parts of the body.
The Diode laser is a diode array type of laser which is distributed by Coherent Medical Systems and is approved for permanent hair reduction by the Food and Drug Administration. The Diode laser generates light at an 810 nm wavelength which targets the melanin pigment which is there in the hair follicle and shaft. The Cold Tip cooling handpiece is designed to protect the outer layer of skin by decreasing the surface temperature and preventing thermal injury from the laser beam. The Cold Tip also has a mild anesthetic effect which helps to minimize the discomfort of the procedure.
How long does the treatment take?
The laser has a remarkable speed without compromising efficiency. Hundreds of hairs are targeted in one flash of light. A complete facial treatment takes just 10 minutes whereas a back or both legs may take 20 minutes.
How many sittings are generally required?
This varies depending upon your hair color & location on the body. Several sittings may be needed, with each session usually lasting 5-30 minutes.
How does the treatment work?
Hair removing Diode laser works by destroying the hair roots. First a cool gel is applied on the skin and the laser light is guided via a chill-tip probe to the hair roots, the laser safely penetrates into the skin & disables hundreds of hair follicles simultaneously. When the gel is removed most of the hair is wiped off with it. The remaining hair in the treated area falls out within a week or two.
Are any special precautions needed before & after treatment?
The laser light is completely safe however it is important not to remove hair by epilation, waxing, plucking or threading 4 weeks before treatment to ensure that maximum hair follicles are in the active cycle and can be destroyed by the laser. You may use chemical depilators or shave in between sittings. It is also important to avoid tanning before and after the treatment sessions. Following treatment it is recommended to limit sun exposure and use a sunscreen.
Why use the Diode over other laser systems?
Simply put, we believe this is absolutely the best laser currently available for permanent removal of hair in men and women of all skin types. We have selected this laser because of it's proven and unmatched clinical track record in laser hair removal. The long wavelength of this system allows darker skinned patients to be treated with less risk. This laser has been approved by the FDA for permanent reduction of hair in the treated areas, a claim that virtually no laser hair removal system can make.
Is it Painful?
You may feel a tingling or stinging sensation during treatment. Most patients tolerate this sensation without the need for anesthetic. However, certain areas of the body are more sensitive to the laser and a topical anesthetic can be applied to these regions to decrease the discomfort even further.
What happens after treatment?
Within several minutes, the treated area may become slightly red and puffy. This reaction subsides within a day or so the treated area becomes normal. Patients often describe the sensation as a mild sunburn for the first day or so. Since the Diode laser does not cut the skin, bandages are not necessary and most people return to normal activity immediately. However, it is advised not to plan any important social engagement during the first few days of the treatment, especially if the treated areas are on the face.
Your therapist may prescribe you a mild topical steroid cream to be applied on the treated areas for 2-3 days following treatment. Around 3-10 days after treatment you may experience what seems to be hair re-growing. These are actually the treated hair that are being shed and are NOT regrowing.
In between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hairs because this decreases the ability of the laser to destroy actively growing hair.
Who performs the treatment?
A qualified female therapist under supervision of the Dermatologist performs the treatment. All treatments are done discreetly and hygienically.