Palomar Medical Laser > Permanent Hair Reduction


Laser Hair Removal:

What is Laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal has come of age and is a fully developed procedure that can yield long-term permanent hair reduction of the face and neck area. At Sinclair Aesthetics, we are committed to the latest technological innovations in this field and now can offer a laser/light treatment for any skin type and hair color excluding grey or white.

The Palomar, Lux R laser, was cleared by the FDA to permanently reduce hair in patients of all skin types (I-VI), those who are tanned or tanning and patients who suffer from Pseudo-Folliculitis Barbae also known as ingrown hairs. Other technologies require the suspension of treatments during the summer months but the Lux R laser, may be used year-round on skin of all types including tanned skin. The laser hair removal technology, treats skin types I-V and due to the large spot size and fast repetition rate, large areas like legs and backs can be quickly and effectively treated in as little as 4 to 6 treatments.


How does Laser Hair Removal work?

Laser hair removal uses an infra red light to target the germ cell above the hair follicle. The hair must be present in the follicle for the laser to work, thus no waxing or plucking can be done before the treatment. Unwanted hair can be shaved or cut. The average number of treatments ranges from three to six visits. This is because at any given time, only a fraction of hairs are in the growing phase (anagen cycle). Only anagen hairs can be effectively removed with laser because the resting phase (telogen) hairs do not mature pigment at their follicle bulb which is the target for the light. Thus, one treatment will sometimes only get 30% of the hairs because only those hairs have enough pigment to be destroyed.

Facial hair is traditionally very difficult to treat as it is hormone dependent. More treatments are needed to treat facial hair and sessions should be one month apart. However, with the Lux R, treatments are quick and easy with excellent results. The FDA has approved our laser for permanent hair reduction. Data has shown that about 75 - 90% of the hair does not grow back after the end of the treatment cycle. Of course, this assumes the appropriate treatment and the correct number of treatments for each individual, all of which can be variable.


Is Laser Hair Removal safe?

There is some discomfort during the procedure likened to the snapping of a warm rubber band. Most people find this to be mild and tolerable. We use cold air to minimize any discomfort and also offer a topical anesthetic if desired. Immediately after a treatment there may be some redness and/or mild swelling, although usually this dissipates before you leave the office or within a couple of hours. Makeup can be applied immediately after a treatment.

Very rarely, a skin wound such as superficial blisters and scabs can occur, which heal within 2 days to 14 days. Use of antibiotic ointment on a regular basis usually results in uneventful healing. There is a <0.5% possibility of a skin wound leaving behind a permanent scar. It is also rare for an infection to occur since the skin is usually not broken. Another risk is the possibility of hypo (too little) or hyper (too much) pigmentation which is very uncommon. Usually treatable with the new lightening range Neostrata, chemical peels or further laser treatments, there is a <1% possibility that the pigmentation could be permanent.

There is an increased risk of this with tanned or naturally dark skin. You may need extra treatments than those required by others if your skin is dark or tanned in order for us to be more conservative (gentler with initial and subsequent treatments) due to this increased risk. It is also important that you let any tanning lotions fade and do not seek artificial tanning treatments for 3-4 weeks prior to the procedure.


Can all skin types be safely treated with Laser Hair removal?
Yes, due to its unique design and longer wavelength, the Lux R, is one of the only lasers on the market that can treat men and women of all skin tones safely and effectively. Even patients with a suntan!

aser hair removal on the face is much more difficult to treat than laser hair removal on the body. Monthly treatments are usually necessary as this facial hair has a hormonal component. Up to 10 to 12 treatments may be needed for permanent hair reduction.

 

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