Patients are often surprised to learn that their body is almost entirely covered with hair. Not visible to the naked eye, most of the hair is fine and pale. However, when hair is dark or coarse in places such as the face, neck, abdomen, breasts, legs, and underarms in women or on the shoulders, chest, and back in men, it quickly becomes a cause for concern for many people. When the appearance of hair creates discomfort, it may be time to consider hair removal with the LightSheer diode laser.
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Understanding Hair Removal
In the past, the usual remedies for unwanted hair included shaving, plucking, and waxing. Some of these methods are quite painful, others are rather messy, and all are only temporary.
One option for long-term hair removal, electrolysis, is a time-consuming and often painful procedure. Furthermore, electrolysis is most useful in removing hair in small areas. During electrolysis, an electric current passes through a needle to destroy each individual hair root. Typically, it takes months and numerous regular visits to clear even very small areas such as the upper lip.
Laser hair removal is a much more effective solution. The LightSheer diode laser is a state-of-the-art system specifically designed to remove unwanted hair faster, with less discomfort, and greater reliability than other methods.
About LightSheer Laser Treatment
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted by the LightSheer diode is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, long enough to heat up the hair and significantly impede the follicle's ability to re-grow. This process also treats numerous hair follicles simultaneously. LightSheer, therefore, is appropriate for treating even the largest areas of the body both quickly and effectively.
The cooling of the skin is another important element of this procedure. A special contact-cooling handpiece makes it possible to treat even the most sensitive skin. It protects and cools the upper layer of the skin before, during, and after each laser pulse while directing the laser energy to the hair root.
What You Can Expect
The length of the laser treatment may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. The hairs in an active growth phase (referred to as anagen) are most affected by the laser. As all hairs are not in this phase at the same time, more than one treatment will be necessary to achieve optimal results.
The laser treatment itself may cause minor discomfort. Most patients tolerate the procedure well, but because some areas of the body are particularly sensitive, topical anesthesia is an option.
The appearance of the treated area following treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of the procedure and skin type. Side effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle. These effects, are in actuality, desired clinical results and indicate that the follicle responded to the treatment. Most people resume normal activity right away.
It is important to contact one of Dr. Daniel Golshani's Los Angeles office locations directly to discuss your treatment options in greater detail.