The new generation in hair removal technology systems
uses simply light and heat to create the energy to safely, quickly
and efficiently eliminate or reduce the amount of hair. Most areas
of the body can be safely treated for long lasting removal or
reduction of excess and unwanted hair. Hair is removeable from the
face, back, underarms, pubic area, underarms and legs. We cannot
treat the eyebrows, however.
series of several treatments is all it takes for treatment. The
machine used in this office is FDA approved and has a large spot
size. This means that with each impulse generated more hair area is
treated. This means less discomfort and quicker results. Most older
hair removal technology has a very small spot size. Therefore, more
treatments are required with generally more time and expense
Other hair removal techniques such as depilatory
methods and shaving only remove the hair at the surface of the skin.
This certainly leaves you with short-term results.
Waxing or electric epilators painfully pull the hair
out somewhere along the shaft. Hair regrowth is very quick. More
than that the procedure is painful. OUCH!
In order to achieve longer lasting results it is
necessary to focus on the hair bulb itself. Light Heat Energy (LHE)
addresses this by targeting the hair down to the root.
LIGHT HEAT ENERGY(LHE)
How does this new technology of LHE (light heat
energy) machine work? It works on the principle of selective
photothermalysis also known as selective killing of the hair
follicle by light created heat and the energy. To remove hair and
damage the bulb, LHE emits an optimal spectrum of light waves. The
energy level is adjusted prior to the treatment depending upon your
skin type and hair color to ensure maximum safety and efficacy of
the epidermis-dermis matrix. Then, flashes of broad spectrum light
and heat energy are applied to the target area of hair containing
skin. The light selectively targets the melanin in the hair,
elevating the temperature of the hair follicle.
Heat energy from the light assembly is harnessed and
deposited on to the skin and conducted down the hair shaft. This
further increases the hair follicle temperature needed to coagulate
the hair bulge and hair bulb. The combined energy of the light and
heat results in subsequent destruction of the hair follicle. The
destroyed hair is eliminated by a natural process of the body that
effectively gets rid of the debris left by the destruction of the
hair follicle and hair bulge.
LONG TERM REMOVAL
The result is long-term hair removal/reduction for
skin! Sometimes the hair may return but usually is finer in quality
and lighter in color! A
study published in June 2003 by Yosef Krespi, M.D. states that this
technology “…provides the same long term hair removal results as
existing laser and IPL hair removal systems, while maintaining a
safety margin which is superior to the safety margins provided by
traditional technologies. …Hair clearance of more than 50% six to
nine months following the final treatment, with only minor side
effects such as erythema that resolved within a few hours up to a
few days post treatment….”
We use an LHE machine that is FDA approved for hair
removal/reduction. It is safe and reliable. The impulse generated
selectively targets and destroys only the hair follicles while
avoiding the high heat levels which can create depigmentation
problems. There are no pretreatment procedures necessary. The treatment time is quick. You
simply get more results for your money than some older machines.
The machine itself uses intense pulsed light to remove
or reduce unwanted hair. There is a slight stinging sensation
connected with each impulse of the machine. There is always a slight
chance that the energy can be too great for your skin type and
create a burning or actual slight burn.
SEVERAL TREATMENTS REQUIRED
Since hair grows in stages from active to passive
growth we will miss some hairs with each treatment. This is the
reason that several treatments are necessary. We simply have to wait
for the hair follicles to reach the active stage of growth.
Multiple treatments are performed at intervals of
usually one month apart for several months. The exact amount and
number of treatments will vary and depend on the particular patient
and the anatomical location being treated. The usual result is a
complete temporary hair removal followed by a permanent hair
reduction i.e. the reduction in the amount of growing hair. Some
hairs which may regrow are lighter and thinner than before. This
gives a significant cosmetic improvement.
LENGTH OF TREATMENT
Treatments will depend on the individual area of the
body being treated. The visit schedule is based on the natural
growth cycle of the hair.
Body areas such as biking lines, legs and
underarms:6-8 visits depending on size of the individualt
Facial areas(not beards which do take longer): 8-10
Chest or back: 8-10 visits
An average visit
takes approximately 5-45 minutes depending on the area of the body
being treated. For optimal results it is essential that the hair
being treated be in the active or anagen growth phase.
STAGES OF HAIR GROWTH
What are the stages of hair growth? Generally there
are three stages.
The three stages of hair
hairs are the new hairs coming through the skin. Water and
salt are present in the follicle during this stage, and when
light and heat is applied to the follicle sodium hydroxide is
created. The sodium hydroxide disables the follicle from
producing additional hair. This is the only cycle of hair
growth that the follicle can be disabled. Once disabled it
will not produce another hair.
Catagen hairs are in the brief transitional
period between growth and the resting cycle. During this
stage, the hair is no longer attached at the root and the
water and salt are drying up. The hair follicle can be damaged
but not disabled during this stage.
Telogen hairs are in the final resting stage of
the hair growth cycle. This stage lasts until the hair is
finally shed by friction such as combing and
damage can be done to the follicle during this stage because
the salt and water are not present and sodium hydroxide cannot
Also, hair must have some melanin(color) in it to be
removed with this system. You cannot remove the stray white hairs or
many grey hairs that most of us have on our chins.
HOW LHE CAN BENEFIT
The side effects are generally mild and not long term.
It is gently on your skin as we use no harsh chemical or messy gels.
The results are caressingly smooth and silky skin that lasts