TLC Dermal Laser Clinic

FAQ's - Laser Hair Removal

What is the advantage of using a laser?

Lasers are precise instruments that can be adjusted to the exact parameters that will specifically disable the hair follicle. Unlike precision "hair-by-hair" treatments like electrolysis, the laser uses a wide beam that treats many hairs at once. Because of this, large areas like a man's full back, full legs or arms can be completely hair free within a few hours. You will see immediate results that will last far longer than shaving, tweezing, waxing, chemical depilation, or other temporary treatments.

Is it safe?

Laser hair removal was pioneered after more than 30 years of laser research by physicians, and has been shown through extensive clinical trials at more than 10 laser U.S. and Canadian laser research centers to provide safe and effective hair removal. The laser parameters were carefully defined by studying the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the laser light and pulse duration to the follicle size, depth, and location to safely and effectively remove the hair.

How long will it take?

Because the laser treats many hairs at a time, facial areas (chin, lip, cheeks, etc.) can be treated in 20 - 30 minutes. Small body areas (underarms, bikini line, etc.) take less than a half hour. Larger body areas (full back, full legs, both arms, etc.) usually take an hour or more, depending upon the size of the area and the density of the hair.

Does it hurt?

Most laser clients describe the treatment as mildly uncomfortable, but not painful. For sensitive facial and body areas, however, some people do ask for an aesthetic. If you decide you would prefer an aesthetic, We can prescribe a topical aesthetic one for you.

What happens to the skin after the treatment?

Within several minutes of the treatment, the treated area will be come slightly red and puffy. This reaction subsides, and within a few hours the area returns to normal. Since the laser does not burn or cut the skin in any way, you can return to your normal activities immediately.

How many treatments will I need?

The laser works by disabling hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter their growth cycles at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the follicles in a given area.

How does the LightSheer™ Diode Laser System work?

The system emits near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed, or turned on, for only a fraction of a second. The duration of each pulse is just long enough to damage the follicle, while the system's unique, patented contact-cooling handpiece, the ChillTip™, helps protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery.

What advantages does the LightSheer have over other laser hair removal systems?

The LightSheer Diode Laser System was designed from the ground up for laser hair removal, so it has the wavelength, fluence, pulse width, and active epidermal cooling system - the ChillTip™ ideally suited for laser hair removal. The system is small, compact, and (in some models) portable, so it fits well into virtually every type of existing practice. The system's solid state construction makes it durable; it's state-of-the-art user interface makes it easy to use. Finally, Lumenis™ has been in the business of making medical and cosmetic lasers for more than 30 years to develop unparalleled service and support-from our extensive training and practice building resources to our 24-hour replacement service. No other hair removal system offers the same combination of product excellence customer service and support.

Why should I use the LightSheer Diode Laser System rather than the methods I've been using for years?

The LightSheer Diode Laser System's design provides enhanced comfort during treatment, minimal risk of infection speed and accuracy. Since the system uses a unique cooling handpiece, it minimizes skin irritation that other methods may create. Since it is non-invasive (no needles to penetrate the skin), the risk of introducing bacteria into the skin is reduced. Because the system is fast, it allows for larger areas to be treated, considerably increasing the efficiency of the hair removal process, which allows more patients to be treated during a typical day. Finally, the LightSheer Diode Laser is a precise instrument that can be adjusted to damage only the hair follicle while minimally affecting the surrounding skin.

Does the LightSheer work on tanned or different skin colors?

The LightSheer diode laser system safely and effectively treats all skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Types I-VI) as well as tanned skin. For darker skin types and people with tans, appropriate fluences are generally lower and appropriate pulse widths are generally longer to prevent damage to the epidermis. Using the appropriate treatment parameters, people with all skin types can benefit from laser hair removal with the LightSheer.

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