Diode Laser Hair Reduction is quickly becoming popular over the traditional methods of hair removal like razing, threading, waxing, hair removal creams etc. The traditional methods of hair removal affect the skin’s texture and might also increase the density of hair instead of its reduction.
Diode Laser hair removal is a convenient method of hair reduction for both women and men. Benefits vary from a reduction in density, improvement in texture from coarse, thick and dark hair to finer, fewer and lighter hair and longer hair free periods. It is a great way to remove all unwanted hair from any part of your body and is medically proven to give you long term hair reduction. With long-lasting results, laser hair removal is a better value for money compared to other hair removal methods as it requires very minimal maintenance. Your comfort throughout the treatment is ensured along with unbelievable results.
Older generation lasers were slow, very painful and worked only on individuals with very dark hair and very light skin. Now there are varieties of laser hair removal specially designed for different skin tones and hair types. It usually takes a series of treatments for maximum hair reduction, but the good news is that there is a treatment available that can ensure almost everyone, irrespective of hair type or skin tone, can showcase hair-free, perfectly smooth skin.
The most common mistake people make is that they assume all lasers used for hair removal are the same. Lasers today differ greatly and therefore it is important to know which laser technology will be most suited to your skin. Different types of lasers are determined by their wavelengths.
There are two types of hairs present on the body, terminal and vellus. Vellus hair is fine, downy and short and covers most of the body. It covers the entire surface of the body except for the palms of the hands and bottoms of the feet. Vellus hair is practically invisible and most people don’t notice it.
In contrast, terminal hair is thick, heavily pigmented and visible. This hair is often found in the pubic, underarm and leg areas. Diode Laser hair removal for thick hair is often the most effective, as it is easier for the laser to target the melanin in the hair and destroy the follicle. Diode laser treatment is the most suitable treatment for this type of hair.
Diode laser consists of a high power laser diode emitting infrared (invisible) light at ~800-808nm. The longer wavelength allows deep penetration into the skin and safety for darker skin types, but with less efficacy for lighter and finer hair.
The laser device works by emitting pulses of light energy that penetrate the skin and destroy hair follicles while the device’s handpiece cools the surrounding skin. Since the hair follicles are targeted in the growth phase of the cycle, hair that is in the other stages will not be affected by the laser and this is partly why a course of treatments is necessary and why top-up treatments are sometimes advisable every few years. The sessions need to be repeated at suggested intervals, though the hair cycle length varies depending on the body part, the face usually requires more frequent treatments. While larger body parts like legs and back require less frequent treatments. Also due to changing hair cycles and the thickness of the follicle, it can take a while to see optimum results. The first few treatments are usually done in intervals of at least a month.
Patients are advised that diode laser hair removal is a medical procedure that requires knowledge, skill and experience to perform, so a certified medical facility with proven equipment is strongly recommended over a non-medical spa and diode laser hair removal procedures should not be compared to the laser hair removal services widely available in non-medical facilities from technicians with no medical training.