Unwanted hair removal with laser Alexandrite
Unwanted face and body hair is considered annoying by many people. In an effort to manage unwanted hair , numerous men and women have been experimenting with a wide range of conventional therapies, such as shaving, waxing, razors and depilatory creams, which are not only time consuming but also painful and aggressive to the skin.
Modern laser hair removal offers the option to achieve optimum, long-lasting results with a mild, non-aggressive therapy, which is effective, economically advantageous and time-shaving.
How does Laser hair removal function?
Conventional hair removal methods are superficial: hairs are cut (shaving), uprooted or cut (depilation, depilatory devices) or destroyed with chemicals (creams). Laser hair removal procedure aims directly at the root of the problem. High energy pulses of laser light penetrate the upper layers of the skin and release their energy to the root of the hairs. Actually, laser beams cause localized damage by heating melanin in the hair follicle. Melanin is heated and destroys follicles. Laser treatment drastically reduces hair growth without damaging the surrounding tissue.
The right phase of the growth cycle
Laser hair removal is more effective when hair follicles are destroyed at the phase of active growth (anogen phase); given that individual hair follicles have different growth patterns , a number of sessions is required for the achievement of optimum results. What can laser treatment do? Laser hair removal is gentle and appropriate for most areas of the body: face, hands, legs, armpits, bikini, back. Originally, laser hair removal was more effective for people with fair skin and dark hair, but today, thanks to the state-of-the-art apparatuses and alexandrite laser, people of any skin type and hair can benefit from laser treatment. Hair growth can effectively be reduced by 90%. Hairs that regrow are much thinner and lighter than prior to treatment and, therefore, less noticeable.
Before and After treatment: what you should know:
- You are advised to avoid depilation for a few weeks prior to the treatment.
- Best results can be achieved if you have avoided sun exposure on area being treated.
- After treatment you should avoid immediate sun exposure or solarium for about 3-4 days.
- If this is not possible, you should protect treated area with sunscreen of maximum sun protection factor.
Alexandrite Laser Treatment is used for:
- Skin rejuvenation and skin improvement
- Unwanted hair removal
Which areas can be treated with Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal can be applied safely to every area:
- Bikini and sensitive areas
- Arms, legs
- Back and neck
- Chest and abdomen
Do my skin tone and hair colour play a role?
Laser Hair Removal can treat all skin and hair types. The only variation concerning skin and hair quality is the number of sessions required for an optimum result.
How long do results last?
Laser Hair Removal produces permanent results, at a percentage ranging from 60% to 95%.Skin and hair color, as well as the coarseness of hair, play a crucial role.
Can treatment be complete in one session?
Depending on the treated area and hair type, 8-10 treatments are required for hair follicles to be completely destroyed and inactivated, and consequently for hair growth to cease.
No permanent hair removal can be achieved from the very first session: if you are misinformed, you should be aware that this is due to marketing purposes, far from being realistic.
How far apart are sessions scheduled?
On average, the treatments are typically performed around 4 weeks apart, depending on the area treated and type of hair. The interval between sessions is gradually extended until complete hair removal is achieved.
Does Laser Hair Removal present risks?
Laser Hair Removal is absolutely safe. Laser beam targets only the layers of the skin where hair follicles can be found, more specifically melanin. Surrounding tissues or areas and organs remain intact. Laser Hair Removal is a process that has been performed for decades and is certified for its safety, therefore it can be applied during pregnancy, as well.
Does it hurt?
Generally, no. Laser beam may cause an instant discomfort, a sense like pinch or burn which immediately subsides. If the Dermatologist Demetrios Karafoulidis evaluates that the intensity of the beam has to be increased in more difficult cases, or if the patient has a limited tolerance to this discomfort, a topical anaesthetic cream can be applied before treatment.
So, can it cause burn?
In no case. As mentioned before, laser beam selectively targets melanin in the hair root, subcutaneously, which thereby heats and destroys with light energy, so that hair growth ceases in the particular hair follicle.
What about rumors that Laser Hair Removal causes cancer?
100% untrue. Laser Hair Removal has been performed for decades worldwide, is tested, validated, certified and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the laser apparatus we use in our clinic. There is no research, study or report that shows light energy from laser hair removal application can cause cancer.
Are there any Laser Hair Removal side effects?
Most people who have been treated with Laser Hair Removal therapy may experience mild temporary redness which subsides shortly afterwards. However, if a skin problem or disorder coexists, or if you have noticed reactions after sun exposure or intense light etc, please inform the Dermatologist to include it in your medical history and proceed to an individualized, specialized dermatological evaluation and assessment, in the event that there may be an underlying skin condition that needs to be treated prior to Laser Hair Removal sessions.
When is the best time for Laser Hair Removal?
Whenever you may wish. Our Alexandrite Laser is safe and suitable for all skin types, even for dark skins.
After the procedure- Post care
After your Laser Hair Removal treatment, you are advised to avoid:
- Sun exposure for 2-3 days without the use of sunscreen with very high SPF (Sun Protection Factor).
- Hot showers, baths, saunas, hammams or exposure to very high temperatures for 1-2 days.
- Intense sweating, as in the case of aerobic exercise.