Laser Hair Removal
Hair Removal by laser became commercially available in the mid 1970s. Laser and
light-based methods, sometimes called phototricholysis or photoepilation, are now
most commonly referred to collectively as “laser hair removal”. Our trained and
specialized Doctors at TheSmartSkinClinic in Malta have years of experience and
you will find they are as conscientious and fussy as you are about your hairy problems.
Both men and women seek laser hair removal services to have superfluous or unwanted
hair removed. Hair removal is commonly done on lip, chin, ear lobe, shoulders, back,
underarm, abdomen, buttocks, pubic area, bikini lines, thighs, face, neck, cleavage,
chest, arms, legs, hands, and toes.
Laser hair removal works through selective photothermolysis (SPTL) or ‘burning’
with the use of light. Lasers can cause localized damage by selectively heating
dark target matter, (melanin), in the area that causes hair growth, (the follicle),
while not heating the rest of the skin. Light is absorbed by dark objects, so laser
energy can be absorbed by dark material in the skin (but with much more speed and
intensity). This leads to a reduction in the hair-producing capabilities of the
skin, so that a reduction typically between 20% and 80% is seen with each treatment.
Because of the selective absorption of photons of laser light, only black or brown
hair can be removed, which is lucky for us Maltese as most of us are cursed with
this obnoxious hair colour! The above also means that Laser works best with dark
Light skin and dark hair are an ideal combination. People with tanned skin are discouraged
from having treatments. How much energy is absorbed will be determined by the skin
colour. Tanned skin will usually absorb excess amounts of light energy and can cause
burning or discoloration after treatment. Therefore, to treat a tanned patient,
the laser energy must be turned down to prevent burning. This, in turn, decreases
the effectiveness of the light energy to kill unwanted hair follicles.
Some normal side effects may occur after laser hair removal treatments, including
itching, redness and swelling around the treatment area. These side effects should
not last more than three days. Some level of pain should also be expected during
treatments. Unwanted side effects such as hypo- or hyperpigmentation or, in extreme
cases, burning of the skin, flare of acne, swelling around the follicle, scab forming,
purpura, and infection can also occur but are usually temporary.
The efficacy of treatment is dependent upon the skill and experience of the Doctor
performing the laser, and the choice and availability of different laser technology
at the clinic which is performing the procedure. It is common to require touch-up
treatments, after the initial set of 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart, and the
number of touch-ups is usually individual dependant.
It is always recommended that for up to 3 days after the Laser Hair Removal treatment
is done a burns cream is used and our Doctor at TheSmartSkinClinic will recommend
the most effective preparation. This will soothe the area and minimize the redness
which appears post treatment. Exfoliation with either an exfoliating cream or an
exfoliating pad on the area treated in order to help stubborn burnt hair fall off
is also recommended.
It is important to note that Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) epilators, though technically
not a laser, use xenon flash lamps that emit full spectrum light and are less effective
than Laser. At TheSmartSkinClinic in Malta we are committed to offer only the best
technologies as has been evidenced by research bodies worldwide. Therefore we only
do REAL Laser Hair removal.
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