FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser hair removal is a procedure that removes hair from the body and face using a beam of laser light. Hair removal occurs when light is absorbed by the hair (melanin) and reaches the hair follicle.
How much time should pass between sessions?
To increase the effectiveness of diode laser hair removal, it is recommended to wait a minimum of 8-10 weeks in body treatments. 6-8 weeks in facials, so we can attack the hair in its anagen phase (growth).
Is laser hair removal painful?
Laser hair removal should not be excessively painful, but if we should feel slight discomfort during the treatment, remember that we are removing hair from the follicle. The most modern equipment, such as the LS-1200 from Laser Sapphire, includes pointed cold systems that make the treatment practically painless.
How many sessions are necessary?
The recommended number of sessions on average is 6-8, but it will depend mainly on:
Type of hair: the darker and thicker the hair, the more effective and fewer sessions will be needed.
Area to be treated: It will depend on the extension and the area, the pubis or the armpit (wet areas) may need more sessions.
Can all skin phototypes be waxed?
With the Diode Laser that we work with, we can epilate all skin phototypes effectively and safely.
These are some of the questions that arise when we talk about laser hair removal and the different options that we find on the market.
What is the difference between photoepilation and diode laser?
Photoepilation is the popularized name for hair removal with pulsed light The main difference is the light used to remove hair, we have light versus laser. Diode laser hair removal is more precise and effective since the equipment uses a monochromatic light that is absorbed by the melanin of the hair and reaches the hair follicle. The laser is more punctual, effective and precise.
UNDERSTANDING DIODE LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The key to successful diode laser hair removal is the deliverance of high energy into the skin. The energy is selectively absorbed by the melanin surrounding the hair follicle whilst not impacting the surrounding tissue.
Diode lasers use a single wavelength of light that has a high abruption rate in melanin. As the melanin heats up it destroys the root and blood flow to the follicle disabling the hair growth permanently. High quality laser hair removal machines incorporates refrigeration contact cooling to protect the surface of the skin, making the treatment a comfortable, pain-free experience for patients. Diode lasers deliver high frequency, low fluence pulses and can be safely used on all skin types.
On the other hand, Intense Pulsed Light is versatile but the beam of light moves in all directions with different wavelengths. It is an effective treatment but requires more time and therefore more sessions to be definitive.
What is the difference between the Alexandrite laser and the diode laser?
Both laser hair removal systems are effective for permanent hair removal. The main difference is that the diode laser can be used on all skin phototypes (I to V). The Alexandrite laser is not indicated for phototypes IV or V (dark skin).
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