An effective solution to treat unsightly hair at last….
Laser hair removal is the most efficient hair removal method that can destroy the hair root, that is the bulb with a light ray.
It is performed by a laser selectively destroying melanin (brown pigment) that gives its colour to the hair, without the risk of damaging the skin. It is only effective on growing hair hence the need to treat an area several times with a 6 to 10-week interval in between treatments.
Laser hair removal can be performed on all areas of the body and all skin types, without exception, on both women and men. We work with the latest Soprano Ice laser, which is pain-free, fast and works on all skin types. It can even be used on tanned skins, which makes lives easier during spring and summer time. A lot of our patients compare a soprano session to a hot stone massage. It is as warm as it gets.
THE HAIR CYCLE
The hair cycle evolves differently depending on the zone of the body, your age and the individual. If we are all born with a hair capital of five million follicles on the body, they are unevenly distributed from head to toe.
A full hair life cycle can last anywhere between 4 to 18 months, and includes the time in which hairs are born, become adults, age and die. The hair cycle is perpetuated through the germinal matrix and the bulge that are responsible for the growth of new hair.
At the same time and on the same area of the body, the hair can be in 3 different phases of their lives:
The anagen phase = effective laser session: This is the growth phase that results in the formation of new hair. It lasts between one and three months for the hair. The anagen phase is the only phase of the cycle where the hair root is full of melanin which absorb the laser light.
The telogen = ineffective laser session stage: It lasts between 3 months and 6 months before the hair falls out in preparation for the development of new growth. The hair in the telogen phase (death) will be targeted at a different time of the hair cycle.
The catagen = ineffective laser session: This phase is short and transient, it marks the beginning of involution of the hair when the bulb (lower part of the hair) goes back to the skin surface where it will be expelled. The hair in the catagen phase (reconstruction) will be targeted at a different time of the hair cycle.
The first condition for obtaining permanent hair removal from an area is to intervene when the hair is in its growth phase. At any given point, 10 to 30% of the hair are in the growth phase. During a session, only the hair which is in the growth stage will be destroyed by the laser treatment. As a hair cycle lasts from 4 to 18 months depending on the location on the body. Several sessions are needed to eliminate the majority of the hair.
Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions because on the same area of skin there are three phases coexist.
A LASER HAIR REMOVAL SESSION
To maximize the effectiveness of treatment, certain precautions are however necessary. The patient should shave his/her hair in the 24 to 48 hours preceding the session, except for facial areas in women. The skin should be clean and dry during the session. The first consultation is always done by a physician who will do a patch test with the laser and examine your skin type to ensure optimal results.
After the patch test, the physician will determine the number of interventions based on the reaction of your skin and the nature of your hair distribution. 5-7 sessions for the body and 6 to 10 sessions for the face are required . Effective treatment should be spaced 1 to 6 months in between sessions.
Today the laser hair removal technique is one of the most effective among the many treatments available for hairiness. Results obtained can generally be described as effective in the long term. In fact, as the sessions continue, the hairs thin and fall off progressively. There is some regrowth however; so we can not talk of permanent hair removal. Be reminded that the results vary depending on the patient’s original hairiness and the number of sessions carried out.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL: RESULTS
When asked if lasers are dangerous our answer is no. These machines are safe when put in good hands. We also emphasize on the fact that they are neither carcinogenic nor radioactive. However, all safety instructions must be respected during the sessions :it is mandatory to put on special glasses in order not to harm the eyes if the light ray reflects on a shiny surface. You should also bear in mind that lasers emit a ray of light that can sometimes reflect on a bright light. This is why both the physician and patient must wear special glasses, so that the eyes will not be affected if inadvertently, the ray is deflected.
Similarly, the tooth enamel should be protected with a compress when using the device on the lip contour.
Different areas treated are:
Laser hair removal for the face:
- Between eyebrows
Laser hair removal for the body:
Laser hair removal for legs:
- Bikini line