“Unwanted hair” removal: new generation laser technologies
Many of us seek to depilate hair from various places of the body: underarms, arms, legs, upper lip, and chin. A trend is bikini depilation. Every country has an individual attitude towards body aesthetics. In the United States the depilation of legs and arms is considered as important as healthy teeth, whereas Spain is nourishing a cult of well-caried underarms. Depilation has advantages both in a hygienic and aesthetic sense. Depilation is a constituent part of elementary body hygiene.towards body aesthetics.
The laser generates a beam of intensive and concentrated light of the same wavelength, which is targeted by a laser handpiece at the right place.Hair pigment absorbs energy emitted by the laser, and a large quantity of heat energy is produced, which damages the hair follicles. If the follicle are destroyed, then hairs do not grow anymore.
This is a permanent hair removal method. The pointis that hair folliclesare destroyed permanently. From the destroyed follicles hair cannot re-grow again.
This method is less painful than hair removal by electrolysis or depilation. This is a lot more comfortable, effective and a faster method.
Using this method it is possible to remove hair from any part of the body. Women usually have theirlaser hair removal from upper lip, chin, eyebrows bikini line, legs and armpit. And for men hair is removed from the larger areas of the body – back and shoulders.
These procedures are especially helpful for people who cannot shave or depilate hair using the usual old methods and for those, who haveingrown hair (red nodules, usually followed by infection).
Four weeks before the procedure do not pluck your hair as well as do not depilate with depilation cream, wax or electrolysis (you can shave hair). Make sure that on the day of the procedure your skin is nontaned. Four weeks before the procedure do not use any active cosmetics (which make skin sensitive to intense light) on the area where laser hair removal is applied.
On the day of the procedure, the skin has to be clean, without makeup, creams, perfume or other cosmetics. The height of the hair has to be 1-1.5 mm above the surface of the skin.
If you plan to remove hair from the bikini line, your underwear has to be made of cotton.
Laser hair removal is safe, quick and a gentle method. Though some parts of the body are more sensitive, most of the patients experience only a slight tingling or do not feel anything at all. For sensitive people we use anaesthetizing creams on the especially sensitive areas of the skin before performing the procedures.
After the procedure or during the next day the skin can be slightly reddened and itchy. These affects disappear within 1 to 2 days. After the laser hair removal:
· for a few days do not expose yourself to the sun or go to solarium;
· for 1 to 2 days avoid saunas, baths and other thermal procedures;
· avoid hot water when having showers;
· do not scratch, rub or traumatize your skin;
· avoid swimming and sports which could traumatize treated skin or cause infection;
· within a day after the procedure do not use any cosmetics on the treated areas.
· The number of procedures depends on the coarseness, number, and growth cycle of the hair. Hair can be removed only during the active growth phase (during this phase hair comes out of the follicle and appears on the surface of the skin).
Many factors influence the growth of hair: ethnic origin, hormones, drugs, metabolism, etc..Usually 4 to 6 procedures are necessary to reach the desired result.
There can be temporary side effects, such as skin redness, which disappears in few hours. Very rare after the laser hair removal crusts or small vesicles can appear which will disappear within 5 to 7 days. It can cause pigmentation changes for the people with darker skin or tanned skin. These pigmentation changes fade out within 3 months.
The procedure is not performed if:
· there is a skin disease in the hair removal area;
· one uses photosensitizing drugs (i.e. making skin sensitive to the intense light: e.g., sulphonilamides, systemic antifungal drugs, chlorpromazine, thiazides, Roaccutane, etc.).
· the procedure is not recommended if the skin has a tendency to form keloid scars.
Before the procedure always consult with the doctor. Only a specialist can tellyou , are you a good candidate for this procedure.