Permanent Hair Reduction

How does laser hair removal work?

Hair Removal and Reduction Shoulder and BackLaser hair removal is not to be confused with removal by IPL (intense pulsed light).  Laser hair removal is a technique that uses a narrow beam of highly concentrated light to penetrate the hair follicles.  The wavelength chosen for this purpose is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle as well as the pigment in the blood supplying it, thereby destroying the hair within the follicle and the blood supply to the follicle.   IPL delivers a full spectrum of light that is magnified, very similar  to using a magnifying glass to burn a paper, and is often associated with pain and damage to skin surrounding the follicle.

Am I a good candidate?

People with fair skin and dark, coarse hair are typically the best candidates for the procedure.

Safe for All Skin Types

Persons of color or darkly tanned individuals tend to absorb light into their skin and not much into the hair follicle.  For this reason, IPL should be used with extreme caution in these individuals.   Fotona’s Nd:YAG lasers incorporate revolutionary pulse-control technology and a proprietary three-dimensional treatment pattern (FRAC3®) to provide safe and effective hair reduction. Unlike other wavelengths, only Nd:YAG is safe to use on all skin types. Fotona’s innovative system effectively targets surface treatment areas while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected.

How well does it work?

The success of hair reduction treatments depends largely on a patient’s skin and hair type.  Most patients can expect a significant reduction in unwanted hair, and any future hair growth will usually be thinner and lighter, thus much less pronounced than before.

High-Performance Hair Reduction

Combined with the special high-performance S-11 scanner from Fotona, you can easily treat large areas such as the legs, back and chest quickly and efficiently, making laser treatments one of the most cost-effective solutions for long-term hair reduction. Fotona’s high peak-power laser pulses provide the speed and efficiency needed to uniformly cover large scanning areas. Depending on the size of the treatment area, between three to five sessions, six to eight weeks apart will lead to a significant aesthetic and clinical result.  Small areas like underarms can take less than 5 minutes, while larger areas, such as full legs can take up to an hour or more.

Does it hurt?

Most patients report only a tingling sensation only.  The area to be treated needs to be cleanly shaven immediately prior to each treatment in order to avoid the burning sensation of pulverized hair.