Laser Technology

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Laser is a non-invasive method of getting rid of the hair that's pissing you off and stopping you from going shirtless on the beach or the dance floor.

Unlike what you would likely see at your favourite night club or when watching a Sci-Fi movie, blasting your balls with the LASER I have they isn’t going to shatter them into a million skin fragments unlike the sci-fi movie …. or at least I hope not .... A concentrated beam of light is emitted that's focused, rather than diffuse, so it’s very precise in the energy delivered to blast the living shit out of those hair follicles.

LASER is an acronym for ‘Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation’ ….. and works on the principle of selective photothermolysis …… What the hell does that all mean you may ask ….. I sure did !! “photo” meaning “light”, “thermo” meaning “heat” and “lysis” meaning “destruction” … put it all together and you have light-heat-destruction. So the pigment in the hair follicle, (melanin), absorbs the energy from this highly concentrated light where the temperature rises to such a level that it destroys the structure of the hair root (papilla).

Best results from any hair removal device would be light coloured skin with dark, thick hair ..... that's not to say that you can't get results with other skin and hair types but just saying what the ultimate combo' would be for the best results.

 

How the technology works to eradicate your pelt

 

If you’ve been paying attention instead of skimming through the site looking for ‘porn’ you’d know by now, after me mentioning it umpteen million times, that laser targets pigment (colour) within the hair called melanin.

The laser projects an intense beam of light at a specific wavelength that penetrates the hair follicle beneath the skin. Targeting the pigment (melanin) of the hair, this light is converted to heat through a process called photothermolysis and travels down the hair follicle to its root and once there damages the living shit out of that unsuspecting root, sounding like a Saturday night out ? I'll continue on then, by coagulating the surrounding hair-generating cells the result being the root has a dummy spit, throws its skirt over its head and is inhibited from reproducing another hair and all without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. BAM !

This heating process will only work on your hairs that are actively growing and not those with their feet up taking a nap. Only 15 - 30 % of your hair is in the mood to grow at any one time so it'll be necessary for you to wait for another cycle so that you're in the 'treatable' (Anagen) phase for your next procedure.

When you come in for a consultation with a full 'pelt' of hair it may only represent about 1/3 of your follicles as the other 2/3 may yet to have surfaced above the skin or may still be in the dormant phase. Those hairs that are close to the shedding stage, or the root is empty of hair due to a recent wax or whatever, the LASER treatment will have no effect on it.

 

This is repeated in the 'hair growth cycle' section, but I'll reiterate it here in case you are on the point of boredom and can't be arsed following the link ....

Once the hair is not actively growing anymore, it starts pulling away from the base of the root. It's no longer in contact with the cells of the base of the follicle that has generated the said hair, nor the blood supply. Depending on how low the hair might still be sitting, the follicle may be partially treated by the LASER. This means that the hair will still grow, but it will be smaller in diameter and lighter in colour.

If the hair is close to the shedding stage (Telogen), or the root is empty of hair at the time of being treated, the LASER / IPL will have no effect on those follicles.

For a better understanding of hair follow the link to my page 'Hair growth cycle'

There are things to consider on whether or not you're a candidate for LASER hair reduction.

Without being politically incorrect for you PC Nazis out there, black hair and white skin would be ideal but obviously in the real world that’s not going to happen, but it gives you some idea. Because skin also contains colour (melanin), if the hair and skin colour are very similar you run the risk of the skin absorbing the energy as well as the follicle, umm …. NOT a good thing. Darker skin needs ‘long-wave’ lasers like the Nd:Yag laser, they’re safer as they won’t ‘burn’ the skin whilst trying to target the hair although having said that, burning from any laser or IPL device is a possible side effect. Again technology is constantly updating, the device that I have is able to treat people up to skin type 5 and have had very successful results treating people with Indian backgrounds. Someone with older technology may be very limited with who they could treat.

White/grey hair or ‘sparkles’ as my hairdresser calls them and blonde hair all lack melanin therefore laser, or IPL, technology won’t be as effective. More than likely if you present yourself to a clinic you’ll probably be told that unfortunately you’re not a good candidate for laser hair reduction and maybe continue waxing. Yeah I know, shit happens.

link : 'am I a candidate'

link : 'possible side effects of LASER hair reduction'

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Does it work?

I'd have to say that YES it does. From my own experiences with just a couple of clients being in to their 3rd treatment, I can honestly say that there has been significant hair reduction. There's a few that I'd like to see better results on, but as we're only 2 treatments in, it's hard to tell at this stage. It's just as frustrating for me as it is for the client ... everyone is different I get that, different skin type, different hair type not to mention hair cycles so results will always vary. Just because your mate got a fantastic result it doesn’t mean that you will as well.

I'm sure I've mentioned it somewhere else already but it's late, my eyes are hanging out of my head and the screens all-a-blur but, there's this girl that works in my favourite fish 'n' chip shop and because I turned up wearing my scrubs she wanted to know what I did for work. I told her and then for some reason she felt compelled to tell me that she had had 12 IPL treatments on her legs, spent just on $ 3000.00 and nothing, still hairy. For a moment there I thought she was going to drop her strides to prove a point but fortunately for me and my appetite she didn't. Although she did pose the question that she should come in and try out my laser in case that was better than the IPL .... I was quite surprised that after $ 3000 she was still willing to try again .... such is the desire to be hairless for her, WOW. Another client came to me for a wax and before I even started to wax he was telling me of his IPL experience. He had his back, chest and shoulders IPL treated about 10 times he reckons and had found similar negative results. "Don't ever get laser" he was telling me .... damn, I looked at my newly acquired diode laser machine from Germany and told him "um, a bit late mate, I just got one and already I have seen good results" It was then that I had to remind him that he had had IPL treatments and NOT laser ones, there's a difference.

Individual results will ALWAYS vary, and I wasn't privy to any other information about these people, maybe they were doing stuff in-between treatments that helped negate their results, chopping and changing clinics or practioner, missing appointments .... who knows.

One has to be educated about their hair growth as there are several possible reasons, such as type and texture of your hair and/or hormone levels, but does it work ? Yes.

Don’t forget guys, it definitely works :

  • Works best on dark hairs against a lighter coloured background and won’t at all on white/grey, blonde or red hairs.
  • It’s difficult too to treat those fuzzy bum fluff hairs found on the sides of the face or your bum … maybe that’s why they called it bum fluff.
  • Multiple treatments will be needed as you have to catch the hair in its active growth phase so a repeat treatment will be about 3 – 6 weeks apart.
  • Each body area has a different growth rate as you may have experienced when waxing several areas and the hair returns at different times to others so you may have to stagger treatments to make sure you catch the optimal growth phase.
  • Hair can only be successfully treated and nuked if it’s actively growing and somewhere close to the surface of the skin. If you’ve ripped out the full shaft of the hair by plucking, or whatever, then there’s no conduit for the energy of the laser or IPL to reach the root of the hair.
  • As we all get older, yeah, life’s a bitch ….. different hair follicles will mature and produce hair. So, treating hair on your shoulders when you’re 25 isn’t going to get rid of the hair that’ll be on your back when you’re 55 and NO, just in case for some reason you’re thinking “what if I get my whole back done when I’m 25 so that it’ll also kill any hairs that may grow when I get in to my 50s
  • Don’t forget guys, if you are in the process of building up a tan then stay away from any kind of laser or IPL. For some body areas it’s between a 2 – 4 week wait since you were last exposed. The wavelengths of the LASER or IPL can target not only the melanin in the hair, but also your skin with the possibility of causing scarring. This also applies even with the use of self-tanning products.
  • I know a lot of you guys out there are certainly practicing but using the wrong ‘orifice’ when applying your techniques, but should you be a woman reading this then if you’re pregnant or breast feeding using laser or IPL is NOT advisable.
  • Medications such as acne medications i.e. Accutane, certain antibiotics and antidepressants, some supplements and natural remedies like St. John’s Wort will cause hypersensitive skin so hair removal is again, not advisable.

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FAQs "LASER, wtf ?"

There are several different applications for where lasers are used

  • Vascular Lasers
    • where the target is Oxyhaemoglobin. These lasers produce a beam of light that’s highly absorptive in blood (haemoglobin) and are used to treat spider veins (Telangiectasia), discolouration of your skin such as birth marks i.e. Port wine stains, broken capillaries and rosacea.
  • Pigmentation lasers
    • where the target is Melanin. Melanin is what gives us our colour and these lasers target that colour to treat conditions such as skin discolorations, age spots, brown spots, sun damage is a biggy and freckles and I don’t mean the freckle between your arse cheeks.
  • Ablative Lasers where the target is water.
    • One of the most effective ways of improving aging skin apparently.
      • This works by zapping you with an intense wavelength of light which’ll remove the outer layers of aged or sun damaged skin. This’ll stimulate the underlying skin that will in then result in collagen formation and an improvement in your wrinkles, but NOT the deep ones. But really, at the end of the day as you get older you’ll just develop more wrinkles so your hand will be in your wallet constantly.
  • Photo-acoustic lasers where the target is tattoo ink.
    • Lasers such as the Q-Switched lasers with Photoacoustic energy emit light in very short pulses. This energy vibrates and basically shatters the tattoo ink to smithereens and then these shattered, microscopic particles are eventually taken away through the natural processes of the body and gotten rid of.
  • Hair removal lasers where the target is melanin.
    • This is what we’re here to talk about.

The main types of laser hair removal machines

Different LASERS produce different wavelengths and therefore are used for different purposes, i.e. hair removal, skin conditions and the like. The same laser may be used for another type of treatment should they require the same wavelength but in general, once it has been designed and built it cannot be altered to produce a new set of output parameters. IPL devices on the other hand have much broader spectrum of light output.

Link: Types of hair removal machines

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Buffed Body Hair Management Melbourne, Australia

 
 
 

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