Pain-Free Hair Removal
Virtually pain-free hair removal technology
Laser hair removal is the #1 non-invasive aesthetics treatment available today with an estimated growth rate of 18%. With nearly 3.1 million laser hair removal treatments performed in 2006 alone, hair removal is a fantastic way to inject profit into your practice. While there are many methods to eliminate unwanted hair, very few can eliminate hair regrowth while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. And photoepilation is quickly becoming the most popular. Lasers and light sources use the principle of selective photothermolysis to eliminate hair and its potential regrowth without damaging the surrounding skin. During a laser hair removal treatment, light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft. This absorption raises the temperature of the hair follicle and thermally destroys the cells responsible for regrowth. The attributes of the light (wavelength, pulse duration and power) are chosen to ensure damage to these cells and not to the rest of the skin.
Technology in use
To perform light-based hair removal with the Harmony SHR handpiece, a large rectangular window emitting broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb. The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises slowly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.
Key advantages for patients
- Comfortable treatment with little to no irritation
- Effective permanent reduction of hair
- Little to no chance of side effect
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
This varies depending on the area being treated. The process can take anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This varies depending on the area being treated, age and hormones are also contributing factors. Studies have shown permanent hair loss of up to 85 - 90% after 6 - 8 treatments. However, the gentleman in the picture below is probably going to need a lot of treatment sessions!