Laser hair removal is a radical modern method that allows you to leave disturbing vegetation in the past. The work uses a specialized device with a laser beam source. When exposed to human skin, the beam destroys hair follicles. The radiation is light of a standardized wavelength. Thanks to the use of high-precision technologies, it was possible to achieve an increased energy flow density and high directivity, which means a high efficiency of the procedure.
Laser hair removal is performed using a device - a laser designed specifically for this purpose. A feature of the hair follicle and hair shaft is high concentrations of melanin, a specific pigment that absorbs light waves in the range of 700-800 nm. The pigment can also absorb some other types of radiation, but with high losses, so this is not taken into account for the specific task under consideration.
The laser creates directional radiation with a given wavelength,selected specifically for melanin. The pigment absorbs energy, which leads to an increase in temperature and disruption of the functionality of nearby cells. The influence is simultaneously on the blood, lymphatic vessels that feed the hair growth area, and the matrix - the very element that is responsible for the hair. Presumably, the laser also affects the sebaceous glands, but this issue still needs to be clarified.
After a couple of weeks from the moment of the laser hair removal procedure, the hair shafts fall out along with the root.
Problem solved! Or not?
Does laser hair removal permanently get rid of disturbing vegetation? Much depends on the perseverance of a person and his readiness to undergo several procedures, something is determined by the genetic factor. At a given point in time, there is a certain percentage of active follicles on the human body, from which hairs visible to the eye grow, as well as dormant bulbs. If you come for laser removal only once, it will help to get rid of only those follicles that are active at the time of exposure to the device.
How to make laser hair removal permanently solve an unpleasant problem? To do this, you will have to go through several repeated procedures, maintaining intervals between them - from three to seven weeks. The specific quantity and frequency are determined by the individual characteristics of the organism, the growth rate, as well as the specifics of the laser used, its power, type, and the mechanisms on which the device is based. On theconsultations, the specialists of the medical center will definitely explain what you should expect if you come to the procedure to them.
Can it or can't it?
Laser hair removal is allowed equally for both men and women. A prerequisite is the age of majority. The laser will have a pronounced effect if the natural hair color is blond, from dark to light shades.
Laser skin treatment is strictly contraindicated for people suffering from autoimmune diseases or oncological pathologies. You can not come for laser treatment if diabetes mellitus is currently in the decompensated stage. Individual contraindications, intolerance are possible. In addition, laser hair removal procedure will not help if the natural shade of the hair is very light. Modern devices are also ineffective against gray vegetation.
You can, but be very careful
In some cases, the he alth condition of the person wishing to undergo the procedure may impose temporary restrictions on its implementation. As a rule, the client undergoes a consultation with a doctor, in which they explain to him all the risks associated with hair removal of vegetation on the body. For example, laser hair removal in an area rich in moles can only be done after they have been removed. In some cases, the doctor, after examining the problem area, may allow you to undergo the procedure right now, but the performer will need to be careful not to harm the client.
Certain hazards are associated with the following conditions:
- skin diseases in the chronicle, acuteshape;
- tanned within the last two weeks;
- varicose veins;
- exacerbation of allergic reaction;
- gestation period;
- incomplete puberty;
- prone to scarring;
- damage to the skin surface to be treated (burns, scratches).
Negative consequences: what to prepare for?
Modern laser hair removal machines are quite accurate and safe, but only when used correctly. Failure to comply with contraindications and incorrect interaction with the device can cause burns. Most often, such consequences are observed if the specialist makes mistakes in the application of the mechanism, or irresponsibly approaches the procedure for cooling the skin.
In some cases, laser hair removal treatments provoked:
- transition of herpes into the acute phase;
- increased or weakened pigmentation of skin areas.
Possible allergic reaction, which is most often observed on painkillers. The severity varies. If in the past there were allergic responses of the body to any analgesics, you should warn the doctors about this before starting the procedure.
In reviews of laser hair removal, many noted that after the procedure, vellus hair began to grow more actively. This is due to the peculiarity of modern devices: the flash power is too low, so it is impossible to process thin hair. Instead ofthis device only affects the growth zone, activating lymph and blood flow, which leads to rapid development.
Also, in reviews of laser hair removal, purpura, bruising after the procedure, pigment burnout are mentioned - the vegetation loses color, but hair does not die. Usually, doctors warn that epilation can provoke folliculitis. To a greater extent, persons with active work of the sweat and sebaceous glands are prone to this. Folliculitis can be initiated by visiting a sauna, a bath for the first time after the procedure (two weeks).
Laser facial hair removal is especially dangerous. Reviews of good clinics do not contain any mention of such facts, but if you fall into the hands of an inaccurate specialist, a non-professional, you can get seriously injured if the laser beam hits the eye shell (for example, because the client was not offered goggles). This can also be provoked by low-quality eye protection devices that do not fit snugly enough to the face. Possible consequences:
- fear of light;
- loss of ability to see.
Both professional and home laser hair removal machines will not work if you need to treat areas with gray hair, as well as red and very light hair.
Not any diabetes mellitus is a contraindication to the event. Epilation is prohibited only in the form of the disease dependent on insulin.
Invalidexpose the body to additional stress during the period of acute infection, therefore, epilation is not carried out until the client is fully recovered.
For safety reasons, do not remove vegetation in areas where herpes is currently severe.
Although laser epilator hair removal in the clinic is not usually performed on newly tanned individuals and those whose skin has a dark complexion, there is an exception: diode devices are applicable to work with such clients.
Should I do it?
Main positive aspects:
- preservation of the skin of the treated area intact, without damage;
- good, reliable result;
- no irritation, scarring, subject to the rules of procedure;
- comfort, safety, painlessness of the event compared to other approaches.
Laser hair removal has become widespread due to its versatility - with the help of such devices it is possible to process most of the skin with hair follicles. Most often done:
- laser lip hair removal;
- other parts of the face;
- bikini area;
- hands, forearms;
- lower abdomen.
The treatment of these areas has become widespread among women. According to statistics, laser hair removal is in high demand among men:
- on the face forever;
- on the surface of the abdomen (mainly the lower half);
- on hands, forearms;
- in the lumbar region;
Possible and affordable: is it?
Laser treatment has become widespread relatively recently. At first, the new technology was too expensive, especially for large areas (for example, laser hair removal in the bikini area): if quite a lot of people could afford one procedure, then repeating it a few more times already became too serious a blow to the family budget. Recently, quite a few competing companies have provided services in this area, and this has led to some decrease in the average price for the service. And yet, among other types of hair removal, it is the use of a laser that remains the most expensive.
As can be seen from the reviews, many believe that laser hair removal in the bikini area, on the face and on other parts of the body is really worth their money. In fact, this technology almost completely solves the problem of vegetation, which until recently seemed insurmountable.
At the same time, you shouldn't save too much: if a certain clinic offers a price below the market average, there is a risk of running into outdated equipment or unprofessional staff. Those who like to save money, as practice shows, prefer to choose not the cheapest clinics in the near abroad - for example, they go to Minsk. Laser hair removal here will cost much less, especially in comparison with, say, Moscow, withit doesn't have to sacrifice quality. By the way, many people combine such a trip with other medical and hygiene procedures (for example, dental treatment).
How much you have to pay for the procedure is determined by a number of factors:
- modern equipment;
- using high-quality consumables in the clinic;
- staff level (higher qualifications - higher wages);
- treatment area (laser bikini hair removal costs significantly less than a full treatment of all areas of the body with vegetation);
- city of residence (in the capital region, the service is much more expensive).
Having chosen the clinic they like, at the consultation the potential client receives a price calculation taking into account the area of the treated area and the features of its location and accessibility. It takes into account how many sessions it will take to achieve consistent success. Do not expect that laser hair removal in Moscow will be inexpensive - in cities on the periphery, the procedure is usually so much cheaper that the difference even covers the round trip. True, this option is associated with a loss of time, so it is not suitable for everyone.
Equipment and technology
The most modern lasers give the most stable and reliable results, but outdated devices are offered only in unreliable clinics. In total, four types of lasers are now common:
- on diodes;
- on neodymium;
The most expensive laser hair removal in St. Petersburg, Moscow (andany other city) is a procedure using diode devices. It is explained by the price of the unit: these lasers are the most expensive. However, their effectiveness is higher than that of others, and the list of contraindications is smaller.
When to sign up?
You can decide for yourself that it is time to do laser hair removal (bikini - the season is approaching!) if you are worried about any of the following factors:
- active, unwanted strife;
- excessive hair growth;
- allergic to frequent contact shaving;
- ingrown hair;
Of course, you can try laser hair removal at home, but really effective devices cost a lot of money, so not everyone can buy them for personal use, and during the procedure, assistance from a person with a medical education will be required. Affordable devices do not give such a reliable result, and after some time, the hair, as noted in numerous reviews, returns again.
Efficient modern units: Quanta System Duetto
Analyzing the equipment of good modern clinics, you can see that many people choose the Quanta System Duetto device. This is a versatile and reliable machine that meets all modern requirements. It implements two types of laser at once - on neodymium and alexandrite. It is possible to turn on two wave sources simultaneously or alternately with the choice of the optimaloption, which means that the process of hair removal is doubly effective. Thanks to the innovative technologies of Quanta System Duetto does not harm the skin. The manufacturer provides a large number of settings that allow you to choose the mode of operation, taking into account the requirements of a particular client.
A distinctive feature of the machines, which work with two lasers at once, is not only the impact on the hair follicles, but also the blood vessels. The laser seals the ducts, preventing the supply of nutrition to the hair, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the procedure. When using such a machine, the procedure itself requires less time than most modern units, and the result is stored for a long time. On average, the use of Quanta System Duetto allows you to get by with fewer procedures than other laser systems. The intervals between repeated sessions are increasing.
Another important feature of this installation, as well as some other advanced models, is the presence of a cooling nozzle. This prevents pain during skin treatment. The manufacturer recommends the use of Quanta System Duetto for a wide variety of patients, there are practically no restrictions on hair and skin color. In addition, it is believed that pulsed exposure activates fibroblasts, which means regeneration of the skin, and allows you to prolong youth.
Specific nuances of the procedure
When planning to sign up for laser hair removal (in Krasnodar, Moscow or Tula - in a word, in any city in the country there will be nuancesapproximately the same), you should select a day in advance, since the event requires some time. Of course, when treating very small and easily accessible areas, epilation may take only five minutes, but often the duration of the procedure is half an hour or even an hour. Specific estimates of the time at the reception will be given by the doctor. This should be taken into account when making a daily plan. At the moment, there are no epilators that can treat impressive areas of skin almost instantly. The duration is determined not only by the area of the area to be processed, but also by the intensity of vegetation, the characteristics of the zone.
Before the primary procedure, it is wise to consult with a qualified doctor first. Excessively active vegetation may indicate problems with the functioning of the endocrine system. If a client of a beauty salon has suffered any diseases or is currently sick, it is necessary to notify the staff about them. Do not be shy and try to hide your condition. Certain difficulties may arise during drug therapy, so the doctor should be informed of all medications that the client is taking.
If you plan to visit the beach a month before the procedure (and closer to the scheduled date), you must use sun protection cosmetics when tanning, otherwise you will have to postpone the event. Directly on the day of removal of vegetation, the use of cosmetic preparations should be abandoned. It is recommended to choose a day in such a way that it does not fall on menstruation.
Effect: immediately and for a long time
Properly performed laser hair removal allows you to get rid of hair for a long time, in some cases - for life. Specific terms are determined by the individual characteristics of the organism, the chosen methods and techniques, with the help of which they acted on the areas covered with vegetation. Simultaneously:
- completely eliminate ingrown hairs;
- vegetation is cleared not only of the body, but also of the face;
- the skin becomes denser, more elastic.
For maximum effect, you can combine laser hair removal and other techniques. This gives access to beautiful, silky skin, young, firm and he althy. Cosmetologists recommend paying attention to:
- laser treatment for age spots;
- removal of the vascular network.
Laser hair removal is combined with both beauty treatments and injections. True, it is recommended to withstand a short time interval between different procedures - usually only a couple of days.
Hair removal at home: what to try?
A visit to a specialized clinic is not available to everyone, in addition, some are embarrassed to seek such services from strangers. You can get rid of unwanted vegetation at home, however, the effectiveness will not be as high. There are several types of hair removal devices. To minimize pain fromprocedures and increase its effectiveness, you need to do epilation regularly - the skin will become smoother, and the hair will begin to grow more slowly.
The most common method is an electric epilator. It is inexpensive, but the procedure itself is associated with discomfort. When choosing, you should prefer a powerful model with several nozzles - this will allow you to choose the right options for different parts of the body.
Cooling nozzles and massage nozzles are considered especially useful. The procedure will be relatively painless using an epilator that can press the skin during operation. True, it will still not be possible to completely eliminate pain, but with regular use of the machine, they will be minimal - the sensitivity to the procedure will decrease. In order for the removal to be effective, and the pain to be weak, the suitable length of the hairs is 4-5 mm. If the cover has grown more, it should be shortened.
How to do it right?
Experts recommend exfoliating the legs two days before hair removal using a special device or a regular scrub. Ordinary wet bath mittens will help.
The epilator is carried out against the direction of growth of the integument. To relieve pain, the skin is stretched. The very first experience is usually delayed for a long time - an hour or even an hour and a half, but having become more skilled, you can process all the necessary zones in 30-40 minutes. Shortly after the event, red dots may appear on the skin, which disappear on their own after a short time. To make them disappear faster, you should apply cream for irritated skin.
The most careful use of devices,treating armpits, bikini area. If bruises, bumps, abscesses form on the surface after the procedure, such a procedure should be abandoned.
Laser removal at home
Of course, the procedure cannot be compared with salon quality, but it will also be cheaper. Suitable more for women with sensitive, delicate skin. Do not rely too much on the assurances of manufacturers who promise a complete absence of pain: discomfort will accompany the entire procedure. Users describe them as "hot shots". True, there is a plus: frequent use of the device leads to a decrease in the severity of the hairline, after a while the hairs practically stop growing, which means that the event will need to be held quite rarely.
Laser hair removal at home is a procedure carried out by powerful devices with monochrome radiation. The specific wavelength and pulse strength allow the energy to penetrate deep into the skin. Experts recommend using this method of getting rid of vegetation for women with dark hair and fair skin. For other color types, the efficiency will be low.
Features of the procedure
At home, it is better to treat the limbs, bikini area, armpits and abdomen with a laser epilator. You can use the device to treat areas of the face, but very carefully so as not to harm yourself. It is strongly not recommended to use such a unit for removing eyebrows, as it can cause irreparable damage to the eyes.
The most effective procedure will be hair removal, the length of which is not more than 3 mm. Howand in the case of visiting the salon, you can not sunbathe for two weeks (or better - a month) before the event. Do not use self-tanning products. Immediately after removal, you can treat all areas of the skin with gels, lotions to relieve irritation. First you need to check: the composition should not contain fragrances, alcohol, potential allergens.
To avoid negative consequences, after the procedure, the epilated areas are not treated with deodorant for at least three days, and protected from sunlight for about a week. Apply UV protection to all epilated areas before going outside. Do not treat the skin with peeling, scrubs, water with a high content of chlorine.
As in the salon, at home, laser hair removal is strictly contraindicated for patients with diabetes, skin pathologies, cancer, herpes. It will not be superfluous to read the instructions for the selected device in case there are any specific rules for use. It is important to follow all manufacturer's recommendations.