Laser epilation and photoepilation

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Laser epilation and photoepilation are the two most modern methods of permanent hair removal that have proven their effectiveness in recent years. Preferably, both treatments are performed by a dermatologist.

Both types of epilation ensure hair removal in just a few years. This is due to the following physiological fact: Although the hair root is destroyed during the treatment, after some time, under the influence of the hormones in the body, new hair follicles are formed from where new hair grows. The reason for this is the physiological structure of the skin, which has to have hairs, because they have a protective function for our body. 

What is the difference between laser epilation and photoepilation?

In laser epilation, the beam is only one and the area being treated is much smaller, it is in the form of a single point. In photoepilation the effect is achieved thanks to pulsing light of different spectra. The principle of both types of epilation is the same – the beam reaches the root of the hair and destroys it by linking with its pigment, which stops hair growth.
Several treatments need to be done because each hair has a separate growth cycle.

Which parts of the body can be treated?

Laser epilation and photoepilation are recommended for every part of the body (face, legs, arms, forearms and back, including sensitive areas like chest, intimate zone) where there is excess hair except the area around the eyes. 

Which patients are suitable for a treatment?

Laser hair removal is more suitable for people with dark hairs and light skin, because the dark-hair bulb absorbs laser energy more efficiently. People with dark skin can also be treated, but it is desirable that the hairs are darker than the skin. Light hairs are treated very hard regardless of the type of skin.

WHAT I SHOULD NOT DO before the treatment?

• Do not remove your hair with an epilator, waxing or other picking in the last month
• Do not expose to sun or solarium at least one month before the treatment

What is the feeling during the treatment?

Тhe patient senses stinging or pinching when the impulse is fired through the nozzle. No local anesthesia or analgesics are required before, during or after the treatment.
For the complete comfort of our patients during manipulation, a professional Zimmer 6 cryosystem is used for analgesia by means of a cold air jet.

How long does the treatment take?

Depending on the size of the treated area and the type of technique used, the time required to conduct the treatment is different. Upper lip can take 5 minutes, a larger area like back or leg takes about an hour.

What happens after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment a slight redness and swelling of the treated area is possible. Within ten days of the treatment you may notice hair growth in the treated area. These are actually the hairs that are attacked, which they are about to fall, not newly born. You can shave them if they worry you, but do not try to pluck them, lighten them or some other type of mechanical removal.
It is advisable to place a sunscreen with a high factor on the treated area if it is exposed to direct sunlight.

How many treatments are necessary?

Since the laser only affects hair in growth phase, and not all hair is in the growth phase at the same time, several treatments need to be performed. To achieve the desired effect (reduction of unwanted hair not less than 80%), an average of 5-6 treatments are required. It is possible that their number is smaller or larger depending on the individuality of each organism.

Which is the most suitable time for the treatment?

Hair removal should be done during the seasons in which the affected area is not exposed to direct sunlight. Such are autumn, winter and spring.

What are the contraindications to the treatment?

There are conditions in which the treatment is strictly contraindicated due to the high risk of unpredictable side effects:
• pregnancy and breastfeeding
• photosensitivity
• presence of open wounds
• presence of tan from recent exposure to sun or solarium
• patients who are going to have sun exposure within 30 days of the last treatment
• active herpes and other skin infections in the area of ​​the treated area
• Malignant skin formations
• in case of systemic intake of drugs enhancing the sensitivity of the skin to the rays, etc.