If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair.
For many people, body hair so far more than just a cosmetic problem. In some cases, facial hair or a hairy back can have a devastating impact on self-esteem. However, conventional methods of hair removal such as plucking, electrolysis or waxing are painful, time-consuming and always of limited duration only. Shaving stresses the skin, leaves stubble and must be repeated constantly. The only real alternative is treatment with laser or flash lamp.
MeDiostar NeXT is specialized for efficient and gentle hair removal. This may be used to treat larger skin area such as back, shoulders or legs, or to selectively remove hair from the face and underarm or bikini area.
Hair growth takes place in a cycle of growth and resting phases. It has been clinically proven that hair dose not regrow at all or only very thinly after laser treatment.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.
Benefits of laser hair removal include:
Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Predictability. Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.
When treating hair the energy of the laser light is used to prevent the regrowth of the hair. To do this the laser light has to penetrate several millimeters into the skin to reach the hair root. When it meets the melanin in the hair (brown colour) the light is absorbed, i.e. it is converted into heat. The darker, the thicker, the more dense the hair, the more heat is produced. This heat damages the cells within the hair and in the immediate area around the hair, which are responsible for hair regrowth. This ensures a drastic reduction of hair in the treated area.
At the same time one has to ensure that despite the heat produced no blisters or even scars develop. That’s why the wavelength of the high-power diode laser MeDioStar was chosen in a way that the absorption of the light is high in melanin, but low in water (important substance of the skin). In addition the handpiece of the MeDioStar includes a strong skin cooling, which always cools the most superficial layer of the skin immediately before the laser pulse. It also makes the treatment more convenient for the patient. At the same time it is possible to treat even dark skin types. In addition a special treatment mode (SmoothPulse) for larger areas can be used with our new MeDioStar NeXT making the laser pulse sensation hard to feel, even for sensitive patients. Due to the optimal design of the MeDioStar laser, side effects of more than slight redness and swelling around dark hair are very rare.
It is necessary to treat several times with an interval of 4 to 8 weeks, as in human beings the hair grows in certain phases and the melanin containing hair shaft is connected to the hair root in the growing phase only. But different hairs are never in this phase at the same time. It is individually different how many sessions are needed and whether one has to retreat after about one year. It is dependent on hair and skin type and on genetic predisposition as well. Normally people from Southern countries need more sessions.
Laser : High power diode laser
Wave length : 800 - 950 nm
Pulse Duration : Up to 400 ms
Fluence : Max. 44 J/cm² @ Spot 14x10 mm (STD)
Max. 90 J/cm² @ Spot 8x6 mm (HP)
Max. 210 J/cm² @ Spot 4x3 mm (VAS)
Spot Size : Depends on handpiece
Frequency : Up to 12 Hz
Dimensions : 36.5 x 60 x 46 cm (W x H x D)
Power Supply : 100/120/220/230/240 VAC switchable, 50/60 Hz
Weight : Approx. 35 Kg
Laser class : 4
Q. How does laser work for hair removal?
Frequently Ask Questions?
A. The laser-beam enters the upper skin layer. The pigment of the hair follicle absorbs the light energy specifically. Through conversion of light into heat, the surrounding area is heated and the follicle cell suffers a heat damage which causes the death of the root of the hair and the hair follicle.
Q. how many treatments will I need?
A. The light flash only damages hair, which is in an early growth stadium. Other hair keeps growing normally. Therefore each region needs 4 to 6 treatments. The more treatments are done, the higher is the chance to treat every hair in its damageable growth stadium.
Q. Is the laser procedure effective?
A. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the color, thickness and depth of the hair, thus red, blond and grey hair reacts less than black hair. The outcome of the treatments also depends upon on the hormone level. To reach a high effectiveness it is important to setup a treatment plan with your doctor depending on your skin type and hair consistency.
Q. Can all hair be treated?
A. Since the laser beam targets the pigment in the hair, black or dark hair can be treated the easiest. Treatment of blond and grey hair is seldom possible.
Q. What kind of results should I expect?
A. The scientific literature shows that 12 month after the end of treatment there are very good effects with last generation lasers. It can be microscopically proofed that the hair follicles are definitely damaged. It is unknown, if and how new follicle can grow out of nothing.
Q. How will the treatment take course?
A. After application of a hydrous gel the hand piece of the laser is held onto the skin and moved over the parts to be treated. The laser sends a round light impulse of the size of the 8-14mm, what feels like soft stitches. The treatment is very comfortable thanks to the skin cooling system of the laser device.
Q. What happens after the treatment?
A. After the treatment redness of the skin, string feeling of warmth or wheals can occur. The hair loosens and drops out after 5 days to 2 weeks. The re-growing hair is mostly thinner and lighter than the natural hair.
Q. How much time is there between treatments?
A. The next treatment can be done after 4-8 weeks, when a define hair growth is noticeable.