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Laser Hair Removal

» Laser Hair Removal
1. WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS METHODS OF HAIR REMOVAL?

There are many ways to remove unwanted hairs from the face and body. Among these are shaving, using depilatory creams, waxing, threading, tweezing, plucking and electrolysis. All these methods of hair removal are painful, temporary and time consuming. Some like shaving and waxing may cause red bumps or ingrown hairs and open wounds resulting in infections.

A more permanent method to remove unwanted hairs is to use light energy either in the form of intense pulse light (IPL) or laser light. These two methods provide long term results, which offer periods of up to 6 weeks between visible hair growth and a permanent reduction in the amount of hair re-growth. Eventually with enough treatments, more than 80-90% of hairs will be permanently removed. The remaining hairs that will grow back are finer and shorter hairs, lighter in colour and almost not visible.

2. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IPL AND LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Although both uses light energy to destroy hair roots, laser hair removal is a safer and more effective method. Only doctors are allowed to carry out laser hair removal. The laser light is specific for the hairs, and unlike IPL light, is less likely to target the other skin components. This is an advantage when we remove hairs in Asian patients especially people with dark skin as the laser light is less likely to burn the dark skin. Because the light is more specific for the hair cells, less treatments sessions are required with laser hair removal compared to hair removal by the Intense pulse light(IPL)

3. WHAT ARE THE LASERS AVAILABLE FOR HAIR REMOVAL?

There are 4 types of lasers to remove hairs – the Ruby laser, the Alexandrite laser, the Diode Laser and the Nd-YAG laser. Of these only the last two, the Diode Laser and the Nd-YAG are safe to remove hairs on the Asian skin. They are less likely to cause skin burns and skin pigmentation.

Compared to the Nd YAG laser, Diode lasers are more effective as the light energy is absorbed better by the hairs and therefore more efficient and requires less session.

4. WHAT LASERS ARE AVAILABLE IN JOYCE LIM SKIN AND LASER CLINIC FOR HAIR REMOVAL?

In our clinic, Dr Joyce Lim uses either the diode laser, LightSheer Duet, and the long pulse Nd Yag laser, the Laser Genesis, to remove hairs. Both these lasers are FDA approved and HSA registered for hair removal. Dr Joyce Lim will discuss with you which laser is most suitable for your hair growth and skin type.

5. HOW MANY TREATMENTS SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED?

Most areas will require 4-6 treatments. However, the number of treatments depends on several factors like hair thickness and colour, the area treated and the hair growth cycle.

Not all hairs are actively growing at the same time. The hairs go through three distinct growth phases – the growing phase (anagen), the regression phase (catagen) and the resting phase (telogen) – which comprise the hair growth cycle. Therefore the hairs are not in the same phase at the same time. The hair removal laser works best when hairs are in the active growth phase (anagen). The other hairs (the catagen and telogen hairs) are not affected by the laser light and they will enter the active growth phase at different times (the hair growth cycle). Therefore multiple treatments are required in a given area to treat all the hairs in their various phases of growth.

6. WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT INTERVALS?

The treatment intervals will depend on the hair growth cycle – which differs in different areas of the face and body. Generally it is 4-6 weeks on the face and 8 -16 weeks elsewhere. Hence the time intervals between laser treatments are 4-8 weeks.

7. WHAT HAPPEN AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS?

Immediately after treatments, minimal redness at the hair follicles or skin may be seen. There may be some redness or pinpoint swelling or pin point bruising due to the vacuum. These may last a few hours or less. Most of the time there is no redness or downtime and normal activities can be resumed immediately after.

A few days later, usually 3-7 days, hairs may be seen on the skin. These are hairs being shed as a result of the treatment and are not hair regrowth.

8. WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Laser hair removal is safe. Side-effects are uncommon. The most common side-effects are redness and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sun burn. In rare instances, blisters may occur

9. ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON MY ACTIVITIES AFTER LASER TREATMENTS?

No. You can resume normal activities right after the treatment. Use a sunscreen on any treated areas exposed to the sun.

10. WHAT CAN I DO BETWEEN LASER TREATMENTS?

Between laser treatments, it is permissible to shave the hairs or use depilatory creams. Other methods of epilation like waxing or plucking or electrolysis are not allowed 4-6 weeks before the next laser treatment.

11. WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Gradual hair reduction is seen after each treatment. A total of 4-6 treatments at intervals of 4-8 weeks will achieve a permanent hair reduction.
» The LightSheer Duet Laser
1. WHAT IS THE LIGHTSHEER DUET LASER?

The LightSheer Duet Laser is a diode laser that is safe and effective for hair removal for all skin types, including Asian skin. It removes hair with no or very minimal discomfort or pain and it does so in a very short treatment time. The Diode laser has two treatment heads making it easy to treat all areas of the face or body. The large treatment head measures 22 by 35mm(the largest treatment head among all hair removal lasers) to treat large body areas and a smaller treatment head, 9mm by 9mm, to treat small areas like the upper lip and fingers and toes.

The LightSheer Duet Laser is FDA approved for all skin types- it is safe and effective to remove hairs from light skin of Caucasian and the dark skin of Asians.

2. HOW IS THE LIGHTSHEER DUET LASER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER HAIR REMOVAL LASERS?

The LightSheer Duet Laser has two technologies not seen in other hair removal lasers. The first technology is the large treatment head (22 by 35mm) which gives the advantage of reducing the treatment time by 75% compared to other hair removal lasers. It takes 15 minutes to treat the whole back of a man and 20 minutes to treat 2 full legs of an adult man.

The second and more important advantage is the innovative vacuum assisted technology – the only hair removal laser to have this innovation. During treatment, the skin is gently pulled into the treatment head and the skin is stretched. The skin senses vacuum pressure instead of pain. No anesthesia or gel is required. The stretched skin pulled the hairs towards the laser light making the treatment more effective. The skin pigments and blood vessels are reduced by the vacuum and therefore less affected by the laser light making the treatment very safe without any side-effects.

3. WHAT CAN THE LIGHTSHEER DUET LASER DO?

The Lightsheer Duet laser can removed hairs from all parts of the body including the face, upper lip, neck, chest, legs, arms, underarms and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the nipples and bikini line. It can treat the fine hairs on a woman’s upper lip just as easily and effectively as the coarse hairs on a man’s back.

4. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF USING THE LIGHTSHEER DUET LASER OVER THE OTHER LASERS?

The LightSheer Duet laser offers a painless, effective and safe method to remove hairs. No topical anaesthesia is needed

It is the fastest hair removal laser and allows for rapid, effective and comfortable treatment of large areas. It takes less than 5 minutes to treat both underarms, 15 minutes to treat a man’s back and 20 minutes to treat 2 full legs of an adult man.
» The Laser Genesis /Cool Glide Laser
1. WHAT IS THE LASER GENESIS/COOLGLIDE LASER?

The Laser Genesis/Coolglide is a long pulse ND-YAG laser for hair removal. It is the safest laser to remove hairs on dark skin individual. It is the first laser to be FDA cleared for permanent hair removal for all skin types

2. HOW DOES THE LASER GENESIS/COOLGLIDE LASER TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?

The copper handpiece provides the most efficient method of cooling for optimal skin protection and comfort. The handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along the skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation.

3. WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF USING THE LASER GENESIS/COOLGLIDE LASER OVER OTHER LASERS FOR HAIR REMOVAL

The Laser Genesis/CoolGlide Laser has a unique design, longer wavelength and innovative Copper cooling handpiece which makes it safe to treat people with very dark skin tone. It is also safe to treat people who have a tan
 
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290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com
 
...................................................
290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com