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Currently, laser treatments are the only permanent method of hair removal. Traditional methods of hair removal such as shaving, tweezing, waxing, and electrolysis are painful, time consuming, and very temporary. Dr. Zul uses the Lumenis Diode Laser and the Palomar Isystem. Both systems are quick, effective and involve minimal discomfort.

How does laser hair removal work?
Intense light energy is sent through the top layers of the skin. The light targets and heats dark tissue; surrounding lighter tissue is unaffected. Hair follicles are darker than skin, so the light destroys the hair follicle without damaging skin cells. Our painless IPL system typically requires four to six sessions. Our minimally uncomfortable Diode Laser system will do the job in three to five sessions. You may need a touch up session after six months to remove any stray hairs and complete the process.

Who is the best candidate for laser hair removal?
People with light skin and dark hair will see the best results with the greatest ease. Darker ski

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The LightSheer™ Diode Laser was the first system to provide permanent hair reduction using state-of-the-art, high power diode technology. It is a class four medical device that can be used to effectively treat Skin Types I-IV . LightSheer™ Diode laser is specifically designed and has the sole use of removing unwanted hair.

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The LightSheer™ Diode has become the “Gold Standard” for hair removal from its unsurpassed clinically documented success. The patented ChillTip™ hand-piece provides continuous cooling of the top layer of the skin for patient safety and comfort while increasing penetration of laser energy to the base of the hair follicle.

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It is important to note that the sole purpose & engineering of the LightSheer™ Diode Laser is hair removal. The Tissue Penetration illustration shows the depth of penetration emitted by various laser devices used for laser hair removal. 

The LightSheer Diode's penetration is able to surpass that of an ND:Yag due to its ability to be compressed onto the skin causing the waves emitted to penetrate deeper (an ND:Yag cannot be compressed and must sit directly on top of the skin). The LightSheer Diode is capable to effectively treat all depths of hair, from your head down to your toes. 

How Laser Treatments Work

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Hair grows in three distinct stages in the follicle. The active growth stage (Anagen), followed by the dormant stage (Catagen), and the shedding or falling out stage (Telogen). Laser hair removal is only effective on hairs in the active growth stage (Anagen).

The laser is pulsed for only a fraction of a second. The pigment in the hair absorbs the laser light and converts the light to heat. The heat, in turn, damages the follicle eliminating or significantly impeding the hair's growth and destroys its ability to re-grow. The system's unique patented contact cooling hand-piece helps protect the skin leaving no irritation once complete. It is important to treat each follicle during the growth cycle (Anagen) for maximum hair reduction.

The number of treatments required varies by individual. Optimal results are seen in 5-8 treatments, six to eight weeks apart.

In order to get the most effective treatment possible it is important to avoid excessive sun exposure, real or artificial. We ask our clients to use a 30 SPF or greater and to cover the area being treated. Self-tanners must also be avoided during treatments.

It is important to discuss the following medical conditions with your technician prior to treatments: herpes, lupus, melanoma, tendency to keloid, psoriasis, pigmentary problems, and previous treatments. Some medications are photosensitizing so all medications and supplements should be discussed with your technician.

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Who Is Not a Laser Candidate

There is no one laser or laser-based method available today that works on white, red, or gray hair. The effectiveness of laser hair removal is based on the melanin/pigmentation of the hair. 

Please make sure that if you are a Fitzpatrick IV, V, VI, that your technician is experienced in treating your skin type. Individuals with skin types IV, V, and VI have a higher incidence of hyperpigmentation occurring from the laser, this rate increases substantially when these clients are over and/or miss treated. If you have any question regarding your candidacy for laser hair removal please contact the Hairfaceclinic for a free consultation.

Preparation for Laser Treatments

PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS 

Prior to laser sessions all hair must be shaved to the skin. The hairs in the treatment area must be shaved so the heat of the laser treatment is directed to the hair in the follicle, effectively disabling the root. Surface hair interferes with this process.

There must be a minimum of 2 weeks from the last time you tweezed or waxed the face and 4 weeks for other body areas before the first laser session. If currently tweezing or waxing - please call for more specific information.

During laser treatments you cannot tweeze or wax the hair you want removed with laser. Bleaching, shaving, and depilatories can be used in between treatments if needed. It is the procedure of the Hairfaceclinic to wait a period of seven days pre and post treatment in the use of depilatories and/or bleaching agents. Please advise your technician if you are using bleach or depilatories in the area you are having treated with laser hair removal.

For best treatment results and the safety of our clients we ask that our clients keep their skin as light as possible when having laser treatments. If you are planning on having sun exposure – real or artificial – we ask that you wear an SPF of 45 or greater and cover the area from exposure if possible. 

Laser Treatments

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Most clients describe the laser as a rubber-band snap sensation. The actual treatment time is relatively short in duration and the discomfort of the laser only lasts while the treatment is being performed.

Please be aware that if you do not feel a snapping sensation the settings are not appropriate or the hair color is not a candidate. General warmth means the settings are too low.

The patented ChillTip™ located at the tip of the laser allows direct cooling before, during and after the laser light is transmitted. It actively draws off heat from the skin's surface. Following your treatment, you may experience a sunburn-type sensation in the treated area for several hours.

If the appropriate settings are reached and the hair is the appropriate color, there will be a period of little to no hair growth by the third week post treatment. Actual shedding time varies on the body area treated; ranging 2 to 4 weeks post treatment. Averaged throughout the treatments, a 15-20% reduction is received during each session.
Post treatment reactions vary depending on the coarseness, density and color of the hair and the area being treated. We recommend a light exfoliation on the area being treated to help with the shedding of the hairs. After the initial three weeks there will be a period of little to no hair growth until a week to two weeks prior to your next treatment.

Post Laser Treatment Instructions

• ALL CLIENTS RECEIVING LASER HAIR REMOVAL MUST USE A SUNSCREEN IN THE AREA(S) BEING TREATED. 
• Immediately after the treatments, there should be redness and bumps in the treatment area which may last 2 hours and for some individuals (especially with light skin) longer. It is normal for the treated area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours with the possibility of the sunburn like sensation continuing into the next day. You should use a cold compress if needed. Aloe vera gel or antibiotic cream may be suggested as a post treatment product. 
• From 5-21 days after the treatment shedding of the burnt hair particle will occur. This is normal and hair quickly falls out. Initially it will appear as if the hair is continuing to grow, but this is the burnt hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You may help the hair exfoliate by washing and wiping gently with a washcloth.
• Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after the treatment.
• Showering/bathing is appropriate after laser sessions. However, be careful to use only tepid water and a mild soap. Skin should be patted dry and not rubbed. If having laser sessions on the underarms please wait a period of 24 hours before applying deodorant.
• Avoid hot tubs, pools, and public gyms 24 hours post treatment to limit exposure to harmful bacteria.
• Avoid irritation in the treatment area, which includes picking or scratching. You CANNOT tweeze or wax the area you are having treated during the course of your laser sessions.
• Pure Mineral Makeup is the only makeup that is recommended immediately post treatment. Only use fresh new makeup in the treated area.
• Moisturizer is recommended to be used liberally in the treatment area in order for the dead hair to be able to exfoliate from the follicle more easily. Skin Repair cream is a post laser treatment product that is used to diminish redness and restore/improve the skin.

n requires more treatment sessions. Because the light targets darker tissue, darker skin will absorb more energy. We use less energy when treating people with darker skin to prevent damage to the skin tissue. We recommend that you stay out of the sun for a few weeks before and during your treatment period. Light hair is more difficult to remove. There is currently no technology which will effectively remove very light blonde hair, but we can remove red and light brown hair effectively. It takes a little longer, but our treatments are effective even on dark skin and light hair.

The Palomar Intense Pulsed Light system.
Dr. Zul has tested many different IPL systems through thousands of treatments, and has determined that the Palomar system is fast, less painful, and less prone to burn the skin than any other system.

During your free initial consultation, Dr. Zul will evaluate your unique needs and explain the procedure in detail.