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Laser Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal

One of the cosmetic industry's most effective non-surgical treatments, laser hair removal has become popular with both women and men. Not only does it offer convenience, it can save you time and money in the long run.

Laser hair removal uses light emitted from a medical laser to stop hair growth. It's based on the principle of light being attracted to and absorbed by the melanin (pigment) contained within the hair follicle. The light damages the hair follicle, gradually making it unable to regrow hair, which leads to permanent hair removal.

Once laser hair removal is complete, you won't have to worry about shaving, waxing, or any other depilatory methods. You won't have to spend time performing hair removal, and you won't have to spend money buying razors and shaving cream, or getting waxing treatments at a salon.

What Laser is Best for my Skin Type?

You may have heard that the ideal complexion for laser hair removal and intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal is lighter skin and darker hair, due to the contrast in pigment between the hair and skin, which allows the laser to focus its energy on the dark hair, making hair removal more effective. In very general terms, laser hair removal was usually most suited for Types II and III due to their contrasting concentration of pigment between hair and skin. However, advancements in technology, such as the Nd:YAG laser, now allow for all skin types to be treated.

However, this guideline can be vague at times. For this reason, the Fitzpatrick scale (also called the Fitzpatrick skin typing test, or Fitzpatrick phototyping scale) was developed to determine whether a skin type is suitable for certain treatments, and to determine how a certain skin type may be handled.

The Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale

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The Fitzpatrick scale is a universal reference used by the cosmetic industry to classify skin types in relation to the genetically predisposed concentrations of melanin in the skin and hair. It is usually used by dermatologists to determine the appropriate sun protection factor (SPF) for various skin types.

The Fitzpatrick Scale

Type I

Melanin Concentration: Very low concentrations of melanin in hair, skin and eyes.
Coloring: Very white “porcelain” skin, usually with reddish undertones. Usually blonde or red hair, and light (blue or green) eyes.
Reaction to Sun Exposure: Always burns, never tans

Type II

Melanin Concentration: Low to moderate.
Coloring:Cream-colored complexion with beige undertones. May have freckles and moles. Eye color ranges from light blues and greens to brown. Hair color may vary from light to dark.
Reaction to Sun Exposure: Always burns, sometimes tans

Type III

Melanin Concentration: Moderate.
Coloring:Cream-colored complexion with beige undertones. May have freckles and moles. Eye color ranges from light blues and greens to brown. Hair color may vary from light to dark.
Reaction to Sun Exposure: Always burns, sometimes tans

Type VI

Melanin Concentration: Low to moderate to high.
Coloring:, tanned or medium brown skin. Dark hair. Hazel or brown eyes
Reaction to Sun Exposure: Rarely burns, easily tans

Type V

Melanin Concentration: High
Coloring: Black, espresso or mahogany skin. Dark eyes. Brown or black hair
Reaction to Sun Exposure: Rarely burns, always tans

Laser Technology

At Artes Radiance, we spare no expense when it comes to medical technology and the devices we use to treat our patients. We're proud to offer two of the most advanced laser hair removal devices available today: Candela Gentle Yag (Long Pulse Nd:YAG)

CANDELA: This laser is suitable for the broadest range of skin types. Unlike other lasers, the long pulse Nd:YAG does not damage the skin thanks to its ability to emit light slowly. This slow light emission allows time for the light to become attracted by the melanin in the hair, while giving the skin a chance to cool off.

The light from the Long Pulse Nd:Yag Laser is more easily absorbed by the hair, effectively removing unwanted hair without the adverse side effects many other hair removal devices cause in darker-skinned patients.

Common side effects, such as hyperpigmentation (spots of skin that become darker than the surrounding skin) and burns rarely occur with Nd:YAG lasers, especially the Candela Gentle Yag

Commonly Treated Areas

Nearly any area of the body can benefit from laser hair removal, with a few notable exceptions.
Women usually opt to treat the legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, Brazilian area, and the face. These areas are most popular as the presence of hair is often embarrassing and bothersome.
For men, the areas of choice include the back, chest and shoulders.
The only areas where laser hair removal is not recommended are inside the ears, inside the nose, and the eyebrows, in order to keep your eyes safe.

How is Laser Hair Removal Performed.?

Before Your Treatment:
First, we'll perform a consultation to assess whether you are a candidate, and to determine the best laser option for you. It is important that you disclose all existing medical conditions you have, and all medications you're be taking.

We ask that you do not pluck, wax, or sugar for at least a few weeks before your laser hair removal treatment. This allows the hair follicle to remain intact for the procedure. Because the device uses light energy, you should also avoid tanning for weeks prior to your appointment. Pigment in the skin may adversely affect results.
Finally, avoid using skincare products that may make the skin more sensitive. For example hydroquinone, retinol, or salicylic acid. Properly preparing for laser hair removal will help you get better results.

During Your Treatment:
Your medical aesthetician will first clean and prep the area to be treated. Next, the laser will be glided over your skin, releasing pulses of laser light. An automatic cooling system will remove heat from your skin's surface for the duration of the procedure to protect your skin and minimize discomfort. You may still experience a bit of discomfort such as burning, or a sensation similar to being snapped by a rubber band. However, this discomfort is so minor that no anesthesia or pain medication is required. If you have particularly sensitive skin, though, we can apply a topical anesthetic.

After Your Treatment:
You may see some redness and swelling on the surface of the skin, but this will soon dissipate. As with any treatment involving lasers, it is essential to protect the treated skin with sunscreen or clothing. Our medical aesthetician will go over other aftercare guidelines with you.
In the weeks following your appointment, you may still see some hair growing in the treated areas. This does not mean the treatment didn't work. Because the affected hair follicles are now lifeless, this is simply the body attempting to get rid of them. They will easily fall out.
It's important to remember that hair grows in cycles, and it's not possible to target all hair in all cycles during one laser hair removal treatment. Multiple treatment are usually required to obtain full, permanent hair removal. The number of treatments will depend on hair density, hair color, skin type, the size of the treatment area, and your individual hair growth cycle. our Doctors will discuss all of this with you during your consultation.

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