When is permanent laser hair removal the most effective treatment?
We recommend this treatment to patients who wish to find a permanent solution to control the growth of light brown and dark body hair. The problematic areas for women most often are the legs, arms, bikini line and armpits, although the laser treatment is effective for unwanted facial hair as well. Men, on the other hand, mostly opt for laser hair removal on the back, armpits and chest. Permanent hair removal is a good way to prevent uncomfortable symptoms that come with traditional methods of epilation – flushed skin, ingrown hairs and follicle inflammation.
A consultation with a dermatologist is essential before the treatment. Our specialist examines your skin type and the quality of hair, making sure that you get the right treatment and the desired effect. The doctor plans a detailed treatment schedule, so that the best result is achieved with the least necessary appointments.
Completely smooth and hairless skin is not ideal for laser hair removal, therefore we recommend you stay away from waxing and traditional epilation before the first treatment. Shaving is not a problem but for maximum efficiency leave your body hair a few millimetres long, and do not remove hair for a few days before you start the course. You are also recommended to abstain from sunbathing and the use of tanning beds for 3-4 weeks prior to laser treatment, and consult your physician about the recommended daily intake of vitamins.
Laser hair removal is a gentle and painless process. First your skin is disinfected, then a special gel is spread over the skin area where the state of the art Lumenis LightSheer DUET diode laser targets the follicles and destroys them. The treatment is concluded with the application of a special ointment that alleviates any irritation on your skin. The treatment lasts 20-70 minutes and you are wearing protective glasses for the entire duration against laser waves.
What to expect from permanent laser hair removal?
Depending on the pigmentation of your skin and the quality of your hair, the follicles stop growing new hair after 5-6 treatments, and only tiny, thin feather hair will grow on the treated area. The general rule of thumb is that the lighter your skin and the darker your hair, the sooner you will notice the result. Treatments are repeated in 6-8 weeks at first, then after 3 months.
Recovery and post treatment
There is no need for any particular post treatment regimen. Should you experience lightly flushed and irritated skin after treatment there is a soothing cream to the rescue. We recommend that you avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for at least a month, and let the dead hair fall out of the follicles on their own without depilating. That’s it, simple as!