Epilation with diode laser (Syneron Medical)
Hair grows from the root, which is also referred to as "hair follicle". What we see on the skin is the "shaft" of the hair, which is the part consisting of keratin, and is produced by the hair root or follicle. Hair growth differs per individual and is determined by age, weight and metabolism.
The diode laser affects the continuous pigmentation (or melanin) in the hair, with maximum activity thus taking place in the anagenic phase. Considering that not all hair is simultaneously involved in this phase, it is necessary to perform more than one treatment before total epilation will be encountered.
How does the diode laser work?
The laser produces a very concentrated light bundle with an accurate wavelength.
This light bundle is applied to the skin in a fraction of a second. The energy from the laser light is primarily absorbed by the pigments located around the hair root.
This heats up the cells of the hair root and selectively destroys them. In order to not damage the skin with this high energy, the laser features a cooled tip (5°C). This makes it possible to deliver more energy, while preventing damage to the skin.
The Syneron Medical diode laser also possesses radio frequency in the applicator, for the removal of fluff, white and blonde hairs.
The cooled tip provides a pleasant sensation during the treatment and greatly restricts the prickling feeling caused by heating, which makes the treatment comfortable to bear.
This laser can also be used in sensitive areas (armpits and bikini line) or for coarser hair (beard).
Frequently asked questions
Q: What are the differences between laser technology, electrolysis and pulsating light?
A: The main difference is: electrolysis involves individually treating each hair, whereas a laser allows multiple follicles to be treated simultaneously. **The FDA (Food and Drug Administration US) has approved various epilation lasers based on clinical studies that demonstrate permanent reduction of hair growth 2 years after the treatment. Treatment involving laser epilation is a more practical, less painful, more effective and probably less expensive way of realising permanent hair removal.
*Pulsating light is created by a strip of low-energy light.
Further, recent studies and long-term clinical observations confirm that pulsating light is a lot less effective than the laser (diode).
* Link to scientific publications
** Link to FDA
The results of treatments may vary from one person to another and are therefore not guaranteed.
Therefore, they represent no binding commitment on the part of the office, the personnel or any third party.
A: With the exception of eyebrows and the zones around the eyes, all hairy parts of the body can be treated. The most popular zones are the upper lip, face, bikini line, armpits, legs, back and neck.
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A: The treatment causes a tingling, pinching feeling that is generally well tolerated. In more sensitive zones, an EMLA anaesthetic cream may be applied to the to-be-treated zone 1 to 2 hours prior to the session. We will inform you whether you need to apply the EMLA cream. This will be determined by the zone that is being treated.
Q: Which requirements must be adhered to prior to the treatment?
A: You must stop sunbathing prior to the treatment; 3 weeks is sufficient. Because tanned skins absorbs less energy, this could reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. You should not wax the hair or remove it with tweezers. You must shave the to-be-treated zone the day before the treatment.
Q: What are the results of laser epilation?
A: Laser treatment is known to cause 3 types of reactions in the hair follicle:
- complete destruction.
- miniaturisation of the thick base of the hair root, as well as the growth of fluffy hair.
- an extended resting period.
Q: What will my skin look like after the treatment?
A: The skin may appear somewhat red and swollen. These symptoms generally subside after 24 hours.
Q: What should I avoid after the treatment?
A: Sunbathing must be avoided for 2 weeks. However, if necessary, temporary exposure to the sun is permitted if a factor 30 sun cream is used. One can use a mild soap. Avoid the use of abrasive agents or products against acne.
Q: What are the potential side-effects?
A: Hypo or hyper pigmentation may be encountered. This colouration of the skin is rare, exceptional and mostly quickly resolved.
This RF diode laser also allows people with a darker skin type to be treated effectively.