Laser hair removal
offers patients a safe, fast, and effective alternative for dealing with unwanted
hair. Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that is passed through the
skin and preferentially absorbed by its target, be it an unwanted blood vessel,
birthmark, tattoo, or in this case, hair. The laser used in hair removal targets
the melanin (color) in the hair follicle, damaging the follicle and removing
Laser hair removal
is safe enough to be used on all body parts, including the face, back, underarms,
bikini line, legs, and arms.
What is Sciton Joule?
Joule is an infrared laser
that can selectively target microstructures such as hair follicles. It is
very effective for lighter skin types, and because of the relatively low absorption
of this light by melanin, it is the best choice when treating darker skin
types. Additionally, the ability to safely treat sun-tanned skin makes this
the treatment of choice for active individuals.
What treatments are
and the use of depilatory creams are well-established methods for hair removal,
although temporary. Electrolysis is the traditional tried and tested method
for permanent hair removal, but is often very time-consuming and inefficient.
These days, the most popular and most effective method for hair removal is
the use of lasers which have been specifically designed to damage and destroy
many hairs in a short time, and with little chance of complications. People
are interested in laser hair removal because it involves new and efficient
technology, and because its effects are permanent in over 80% of its subjects.
Can all skin colors
Yes all skin types I through
VI can be treated. Skin Type I is very fair, always burns, never tans (usually
blond hair and blue eyes). Skin Type VI never burns (black skin, black hair).
Can tanned skin be
Tanned skin can be treated safely,
but always inform your physician if you have been tanning or exposed to the
sun within the last three weeks, and he will adjust your treatment regime
accordingly to give you the safest most effective experience.
during hair removal treatment?
Dr. Samadani will discuss the
treatment with you and decide if you need a topical anesthetic cream. The
area of your skin that is to be treated will be scanned with laser light from
the Joule system. Treatment
time will depend upon the area to be treated. A system for cooling you skin
will be used to remove heat as it leaves the follicles and should ensure a
comfortable treatment. However, since the sensation varies from individual
to individual, a topical anesthesia can be provided. Let Dr. Samadani know
if you are very sensitive.
How does it work?
The JOULE laser selectively targets your hair
follicles and heats them with infra-red energy. Unlike other processes the
laser beam treats many hairs at once making treatment of large areas practical.
The JOULE employs a unique computer guided
scanning system that automates the treatment, ensuring that your skin is rapidly
and evenly treated. The computer sets the parameters and places the beam in
an optimum pattern for your skin. You will have a safe, fast, effective, and
What should I expect
Some redness and slight swelling
may be present in the area that has been treated, however, this should subside
within a few hours. If any prolonged redness or swelling occurs then consult Dr. Samadani.
Keep area clean.
Use at least
SPF 15 sunscreen when outdoors.
Is there a risk for
There is a low risk of pigmentary
changes, however discuss your concerns with your physician prior to your treatment.
Yes. Pseudofolliculitis is a
type of chronic acne disorder caused by ingrown coarse or curly hairs. This
disorder affects darker skin types, and the infrared energy, which is delivered
by Joule, is the preferred
method of treatment.
Is treatment permanent?
On average, each laser treatment
will be associated with some permanent hair loss. So in most cases hair removal
can only be achieved after several treatments. The number of treatments
will depend on each patient's individual response to laser surgery, and the
amount of hair to be removed. Remember that the goal may not be total
hair removal. Many patients are happy with a reasonable degree of hair
reduction. Also remember that the hair that remains is often lighter in color
and thinner than the original hair prior to laser surgery. As with other
treatments for unwanted hair, there is no guarantee that laser hair removal
treatment will be permanent.
How many treatments
will I need?
You may need to be treated about
3 to 5 times at approximately 5 to 8 week intervals. There are three phases
of hair growth – anagen, catagen, and telogen. Only hairs in the active growth,
anagen, can be successfully treated.
Does treatment hurt?
What can I expect with the procedure?
Most patients describe
laser hair removal as feeling "prickly," or like the light snap
of a rubber band against the skin. Later, it might feel like a bad sunburn.
Each patient has his or her own level of skin sensitivity and pain threshold.
Different areas on the body are also more sensitive than others.
On the day of your
treatment, plan on wearing clothing that will allow easy access to the area
being treated. You may not need any type of anesthesia for your treatments.
Laser hair removal works best when the hair is 1 to 2 millimeters in length.
No specific care is needed after the treatment.
How long will it take
my skin to heal?
Normally the skin
just looks red and swollen for up to 48 hours, or possibly longer. Some patients
will be offered to have a small area tested before undergoing a full treatment.
This gives them a idea of how the treatment will feel, and the length of time
it will take to obtain the desired result. Occasionally, patients can develop
a blistering reaction. If this happens, call your treating physician and ask
for specific post-laser treatment options.
What will I look like
immediately after the treatment?
Generally, some redness
will remain for approximately five to seven days. For some patients recovery
time will be less while other patients will have prolonged redness.
How much does treatment
The cost of treatment
is dependent on many factors. These factors could include the size of the
area needing treatment, the number of treatments necessary, and the individual response to treatment. We have package deals that
include a certain number of treatments per year for a reduced cost. It's always
best to ask when scheduling an appointment.
Will my insurance
Unwanted hair is
usually a cosmetic issue, so in most cases you should expect to pay for treatment.
In the rare instances where treatment is considered medically necessary, insurance
may cover the cost of treatment. It's best to speak to your doctor and your
insurance company to clarify this question.
We help you make an informed decision (920) 887-1325 Ayaz M. Samadani M.D.