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Laser Hair Removal

Overview:

Traditional forms of hair removal such as tweezing, waxing and electrolysis, are quickly being replaced by the use of lasers specifically developed for this application. Lasers are proving to be more effective than other techniques with much less pain, and work in a fraction of the time.

The Zimmerman Center utilizes the state of the art Alexandrite Cynosure Apogee and Nd:Yag lasers. Women and men of nearly all skin types can be safely treated with Alexandrite laser which is currently the only laser featuring a longer pulse of laser light to deliver maximum destructive energy to the hair bulb for the most effective and long term hair removal. Thus unwanted hair in areas such as the bikini line, facial hair, under arms, legs, etc., can now be safely, quickly, painlessly, and effectively removed in both men and women.

Treatment:

Hair grows in cycles lasting about three to four months. The laser light applied to hair bearing areas can target hair bulbs of actively growing hairs. A second laser treatment will probably be necessary approximately six to eight weeks after the initial treatment in order to treat newly sprouting hairs within a different growth cycle. A total of three treatments are usually required to destroy the active hair bulbs. While laser hair ablation cannot claim permanent hair removal because dormant hairs may begin growing, a reduction of at least 80% hair growth in the treated areas is expected after laser treatment.

Laser Information:

There are currently four different kinds of lasers being used for hair removal. The early lasers for hair removal used a black cream rubbed into the hair follicles to attract the laser light. Unfortunately the light energy does not reach the hair bulb, and thus the results are the same as waxing with full hair regrowth after treatment. Ruby Lasers, which have a wavelength of light which is very attracted to melanin in the hair bulb, are also very attracted to the melanin in skin (i.e. skin pigment) and thus Ruby Lasers are restricted to fair skinned people. A newly released Diode Laser is at the other end of the spectrum allowing use with darker skinned people, but with less energy being delivered to the hair bulb, and with less effectiveness. In between these two lasers is the Alexandrite Laser, which delivers sufficient heat energy to the hair bulb for its destruction, while being safe in all but the darkest skin types. The Cynosure Apogee Alexandrite Laser used at The Zimmerman Center is the only laser which also features a longer pulse of laser light to deliver maximum destructive energy to the hair bulb for the most effective and long term hair removal. Thus unwanted hair in areas such as the bikini line, facial hair, under arms, legs, etc., can now be safely, quickly, painlessly, and effectively removed in both men and women.

Laser Information

A laser is a device that emits a beam of light of one uniform wavelength. The measurement or frequency of the wavelength differs among the various lasers. The theory of laser use for hair removal is that a particular wavelength of light can be directed to a specific target in the skin. In this instance a laser is used which emits a light wave that is attracted to the pigment, or melanin, in the hair bulb. The energy contained within the laser light wave is transformed into heat energy when it reaches its target, the hair bulb. This in turn causes permanent damage to the hair bulb preventing new hair growth from that bulb, while not injuring the surrounding skin.