Our Sacramento facility uses state-of-the-art laser technology devoted to hair removal. Over the past fifteen years our center has been involved in patient treatment, clinical research and the development of laser-assisted hair removal devices. Our years of experience and our innovative laser systems allow us to provide treatment for all patients regardless of skin color.*
At the present time four wavelengths of light from lasers are available for the treatment of unwanted body hair.* In essence these wavelengths target pigment granules in the hair (melanin) in an effort to damage hair follicles without scarring the skin.* Hair follicles are capable of producing hairs of various thickness and colors. Dark hair contains the pigment melanin which serves as the target for energy at these wavelengths, 694 nm produced by the Ruby laser, 755nm produced by the Alexandrite laser, 800nm produced by the Diode laser, and 1064nm produced by the Neodymium-YAG laser. The pulse laser energy is absorbed by the pigmented hair shaft and transferred to the surrounding follicle. The heat build-up caused by the absorption of energy by the hair itself is capable of creating follicular damage and retarding or preventing future hair production by that follicle.*
Patients experience varying degrees of success. The application of these laser energies to the skin results in almost complete removal of all actively growing hairs.* The number of hairs that are removed as a result of one treatment can vary. Part of the difficulty in eradicating unwanted or excess hair lies in the fact that the follicle has tremendous regenerative capabilities and that these recuperative powers are highly variable from individual to individual and from one anatomic site to another.
Multiple treatments are necessary in order to achieve extensive hair removal and in some instances treatment may fail to permanently remove all the hair in a given site. In order to understand the process it is important to understand the biology of hair growth itself. Hair growth cycles are divided into three phases. The anagen follicle or growing hair is the major target for the laser energy and represents the most vulnerable phase of the hair growth cycle. Telogen or resting hairs are not actively growing and appear to be more resistant to the laser energy. The transitional phase between anagen and telogen phases, known as the catagen phase, is brief but also relatively resistant to the laser energy. Depending on the body site, various percentages of hairs are in the anagen, catagen and telogen phase at any given time. As a result, it is necessary to treat a given anatomic area more than once in order to attempt to achieve hair removal. Since the anagen phase is most vulnerable, a period of one to three months between treatments is necessary to allow the resting or telogen phase hairs to once again enter the anagen cycle and become more sensitive to the laser energy.
The application of laser energy to the skin results in a pink color and, on occasion crusting in the area will develop lasting a few days. Discomfort similar to a sunburn may be noted over the first 24 hour period and in extensive cases non-prescription pain medication may be used. In certain instances, especially in darker pigmented skinned individuals, temporary pigmentation changes may be noted. One may notice hair within the follicle for up to two weeks after therapy. However, this will fall out leaving smooth, hair-free skin.
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