Presentation of laser hair removal
The laser allows the progressive depilation of hair and brown fuzz on all areas of the face or body, even the most sensitive. Our latest Alexandrite and Nd: Yag technology is aimed at both women and men and for all skin types, white and black.
The technique used for permanent hair removal
The hair root is destroyed by the laser beam (light energy).
Regarding the Alexandrite laser, for white skin, the region to be depilated is exposed to the specific wavelength of the laser which exclusively destroys the hair follicle in depth without leaving any traces or damaging the skin. Indeed, this laser energy is absorbed by dark pigments (melanin) which will propagate along the root of the hair to the bulb buried in the skin and destroy it by vaporization.
Regarding Nd: Yag technology, it safely allows hair removal from dark to dark skin. The wavelengths of laser energy are absorbed rather in the reds and conduction takes place through the blood vessels that surround the base of the hair. This technique requires more sessions than Alexandrite.
Whatever technology is used, you must not be waxed for at least 3 weeks, the hair root must be present.
Is it for all skin types?
As we have just read, depending on the type of skin, different laser technologies are recommended, the Victoire-Haussmann center has these technologies which make it possible to depilate white, matte and black skin.
The Alexandrite laser for light skin and rather dark and thick hair.
Nd: Yag technology for dark or dark skin.
Why do you need several laser sessions?
Not all hairs are on a synchronous hair cycle. Since the laser is only effective on the so-called anagen growth phase of the hair, several consecutive sessions are needed in order to target the different hairs at their correct phase. At least 6 to 8 sessions spaced 6 to 12 weeks apart are necessary, possibly followed by additional lighter sessions at a distance.
The course of a laser hair removal session
Practiced by doctors, the technique is not very painful and does not require any prior anesthesia. It is therefore strongly recommended to come with cleansed skin without makeup, numbing cream or moisturizer before the session. Anesthesia will be performed during hair removal by a strong blower of cold air (available to our lasers) which is sent simultaneously to the laser.
But we are not all equal when it comes to pain and the laser can be felt to be more or less painful depending on each sensitivity. This is why, in certain rare cases, a numbing cream prescribed by the doctor can be applied one hour before the session.
The moles and tattoos are masked as well as the eyes with special glasses.
The doctor then passes the laser on the area to be waxed. When the treatment is finished, the skin is slightly red. Then after a few days, the hairs start to fall out.
The laser: a safe and risk-free technology?
Laser hair removal has been very frequently practiced for many years, it is controlled and made safe by doctors specifically trained in this technique.
It is up to each doctor to set the treatment parameters according to the patient.
Most of the side effects are mild, apart from temporary small burns followed by temporary depigmentation of the skin.
An examination with mandatory prior diagnostic assessment of the skin and hair and an estimate are offered before any treatment. The detailed information sheets given during this report will be read and signed.
What are the best conditions for effective laser hair removal?
The greater the contrast between light skin and dark hair, the easier the laser treatment for hair removal will be because the laser will identify the hair more easily and can be used at lower power. Laser hair removal is very effective on thick hair, a little less on a smaller hair diameter like down.
It is essential not to be shaved for at least 3 weeks but just shaved 10 days before the session so that the hair root, which conducts this laser energy, is present and clearly visible.
The laser is formally contraindicated on tanned skin. It is essential to report any natural or UV tan or self-tanner.
Likewise, it is essential to inform doctors of any medication, especially photosensitizing, such as certain antibiotics.
Is laser hair removal effective at all ages?
If the treatment is initiated too young, before the age of 20, the treatment will be less effective because the hair is still subject to growth and therefore evolving and not stabilized.
If the discomfort caused by strong hairiness is intolerable, it is recommended to treat only really excessive hair, only after the onset of puberty and under strict medical supervision.
Can you perform laser hair removal on tanned skin?
Let’s emphasize once again: tanned skin is ideal for allowing the laser to spot very dark hairs on fair skin.
Tanning is an absolute contraindication to laser hair removal because the skin is loaded with melanin.
It is therefore advisable on the one hand to practice his session on totally deboned skin under penalty of ending up with stained skin like a leopard but also not to take any rays of sun at least 3 weeks after his hair removal session.
Is hair removal really permanent?
Permanent hair removal does not exist. If after the first session, the treated area appears well shaved because the hair bulbs present have been normally destroyed, this result will persist for a few weeks before natural regrowth appears. A new laser session is necessary. It will again be followed by a depilation phase, then a new regrowth but less important than the previous one. As the sessions are repeated, the regrowth is gradually reduced.
After six to eight sessions, the patient can hope to have only a weak and discreet hair growth in the armpits, bikini line and stomach. For the face, the number of sessions is sometimes higher. Maintenance sessions every 12 to 18 months can generally sustain the effects.
What about Flash lamps or electric hair removal?
Some offer hair removal with pulsed lights. These are more delicate to use with greater risk taking, because they are not targeted specifically on melanin, especially with the cheapest devices, such as those found in beauty salons.
Electric hair removal is effective on small areas but remains very limited for waxing many hairs in a single session because it is very tedious and painful. It is the only technique possible, on the other hand, on very light or white hairs and represents a complement at the end of the treatment for the last rebellious fine hairs.