Laser Hair Removal Treatments are offered for long term reduction of unwanted hair growth. The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. Upon absorption, the laser energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the follicle. Each laser pulse treats about a half inch area, which can contain ten or more hairs. The amount of time needed depends on the size of the area to be treated.Most patients describe the treatment as a series of slight pin pricks or rubber band snaps to the skin. The majority of patients tolerate this sensation without anesthetics. Within about 30 minutes of treatment, the area may become pink or red; this may last from a few hours to one day.
Because hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments sessions are needed to diminish hair growth. The laser only affects hair when it is in its early growth phase. In fact, the laser will disable follicles that are actively producing hair at the time of treatment. At any time, some hair follicles are dormant. Repeated sessions will be necessary to treat these follicles when they re-enter the growth phase. On average, 3 – 5 treatments are needed to achieve desired results. Currently, only dark hair responds to treatments.
Palomar Systems use specialized hand pieces which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Different treatments such as hair reduction, sun spot removal, or leg vein clearance require light of different wavelength bands.
The Palomar hair removal hand pieces emit pulses of light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.
Any area, except around the eyes can be treated. The upper lip, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, chest and back can all be treated.
Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs.
The treated hair will continue to appear for 7-30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin.
At any given time, some of the hair is not in a phase of active growth. Therefore, there will be need for more than one treatment to affect the growth of all the unwanted hair.
Typically, several treatments will be necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction.