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What is the actual laser hair removal procedure like?

It’s a rather remarkable procedure when you stop to think about it. During the procedure your physician will pass a handheld laser over your skin and zap thousands of hairs, one after the other. When the laser light passes through your skin's surface it reaches the tiny sacs underneath, which are called hair follicles. Each follicle contains a bulb that germinates a hair shaft. When light reaches your hair follicles, it temporarily generates enough heat to destroy the follicles and bulbs. If the procedure is successful, your old hair falls out and new hair doesn't grow back. Pretty nifty, isn’t it? The one main downer to this form of hair removal is that you have to repeat visits to get all the hair. Since hair grows in staggered cycles, and the laser only removes current growth, you have to go back over a period of months to completely erase all possible hair follicles. The exciting news is that most people see a hair removal of 60 to 95 percent within six months. It is possible to have hair grow back in small areas but this hair is usually very fine and light in color.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What kind of laser is used to treat for laser hair removal?

The scientific process behind laser hair removal requires the laser light to seek a certain color and obliterate that color.
There are a handful of companies that manufacture the lasers used by doctors for laser hair removal. Here is a brief rundown of the most popular laser companies and the brand names of their lasers.
Aesthera - maker of PhotoPneumatic PPx laser
Alma Laser - Harmony, Soprano, Sonata, Pixel, and Accent
Candela Laser - Alexlazr, C-beam, Ellipse, GentleLASE, GentleYAG, Smoothbeam, and Vbeam
Cutera - maker of the XEO, Titan, and Coolglide lasers
Cynosure - maker of the Apogee, Affirm, Cynergy, Acclaim, PhotoLight, PhotoGenica, PhotoSilk, Smartcool, Smartepil, Triactive, and VStar lasers
Laserscope - manufacturer of the Gemini, Solis, Lyra, Aura, and Venus lasers.
Lumenis - Lightsheer, Elora, Aluma, Lumenis One, VascuLight
Palomar Medical Technologies - StarLux, Lux Fractional, Lux1064 Nd:YAG, MediLux, EsteLux, Q-YAG 5, GentleWaves
Syneron - eMax, eLight, eLaser, Galaxy, Aurora, Polaris, VelaSmooth, Pitanga, Comet, Libra, SynerCool
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