What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a widely recognised process for removing unwanted hair from the body. It will remove hair permanently in 4-6 sessions to catch it throughout all of its growth cycles. It is fairly painless, as pulses of light from the laser of a pre-determined wavelength pass down the hair follicle and kill it at the root, preventing re-growth, without any sort of damage to the rest of the body. It is a proven, extremely popular treatment, that can remove unwanted hair permanently from any body area.
What exactly does the laser hair removal process involve?
During your laser hair removal session at our Clinic, a fully qualified aesthetician will carry out a laser hair removal treatment on the areas discussed at the consultation.
The laser works specifically to attack hair follicles by travelling through the pigment in the hair, down to the root, where the energy is absorbed by the bulb. During this process the follicle gets distroyed. As a result, the blood supply to the follicle gets cut off and it stops producing hair.
A single laser hair removal treatment will generally take anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the part of your body being treated. Due to the way the body works and produces hair, you will typically need more than one session as the hair grows in cycles and we cannot ‘catch’ and disable all follicles in one treatment. You will find that following each session, you will be able to go about your daily business as usual, without any negative side effects.
Patients often ask a quiestion: is laser hair removal safe? The answer is yes if you are in the right hands and follow all patients’ guidelines. Our clinic has extremely knowledgeable staff to answer any questions you have.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
The discomfort during a laser hair removal treatment is minimal. Laser patients can opt to use EMLA cream to minimize the discomfort in the most sensitive body areas, such as bikini, underarms, ankles and occasionally lower legs. Our laser specialists can also help you apply certain breathing techniques during the treatment to minimize the discomfort. Many patients say that laser hair removal gives a lot less discomfort than other methods of hair removal, such as waxing or electrolysis.
What is laser hair removal?
IPL, short for intense pulsed light, is a popular treatment that is best-known for its ability to treat vascular conditions like broken capillaries (“spider veins”) and the brown spots or “age spots” caused by sun damage. IPL also stimulates the production of collagen, which plumps up the skin and gives you a fresher look, and refines or tightens large pores. New IPL machines can also be effective at hair removal.
The ideal candidate for IPL is someone with light skin who has sun damage, broken capillaries, and some laxity or lack of firmness, and wants to treat all three conditions at the same time. IPL is sometimes referred to as a photo facial. IPL is not the same as a laser treatment.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL uses short blasts of a polychromatic, high-intensity light to penetrate just below the skin’s surface, damaging either the melanin that makes up brown “age spots” or the blood vessels that create broken capillaries. The skin repairs the damage, leaving you with a more even skin tone. IPL is also touted as a way to boost collagen and elastin.
It generally takes a series of treatments to see the best results, perhaps three to six treatments, usually a month apart. IPL, which was first introduced in the 1990s, is a good all-purpose treatment, says Greg Absten, executive director of The Laser Training Institute, which provides training in lasers, IPL and light therapy.
“IPL is quite useful, but it’s a broad shotgun approach,” He says. “It’s not the best at any one thing, but it works pretty well.” Lasers use a high-powered, direct beam of intense coherent light on a specific wavelength to target a single condition. Because lasers are targeting one thing with a higher level of intensity, they’re more effective — the “rifle approach,” says Absten. If you want to treat age spots and broken capillaries, for instance, that is two different laser treatments, whereas IPL combines it.
Day spas tend to offer IPL systems because they are less expensive than lasers and one machine can target several different things. By contrast, a medical spa, plastic surgeon with a medical spa, or dermatologist offices might have a whole array of machines, both lasers and IPL, so they can use the best one for your skin. Some types of skin, especially darker skin tones, need special equipment.
IPL treatments are usually less expensive than laser treatments, so you might want to try that first and see what kind of results you get.
Both lasers and IPL use intense blasts of light and heat, and both can be uncomfortable to painful, depending on the treatment, your skin type and condition, and your own pain tolerance. The operator will probably put a cooling gel on your skin, and cooling devices are often built into the machine. Operator skill can also minimize pain, but you should expect discomfort at the very least. The traditional explanation of IPL is that it is “a rubber band snapping,” but there is heat involved and it can be more uncomfortable than that metaphor indicates. Talk to the person giving you the treatment beforehand to get a realistic idea of how it will feel and what some of the side effects might be.
Things To Be Aware of With IPL
IPL can also be used to remove hair, but it is not as effective as laser hair removal.
IPL CANNOT get rid of tattoos and should be kept away from any tattoos you have and want to keep.
People with Asian skin or darker skin should be extra careful as IPL can sometimes causes hyper-pigmentation.
You can still get get burned with IPL if the operator is not knowledgeable and careful during the treatment.
Things to look for in an IPL Treatment
The operator has an intake form and discusses your concerns before any treatment.
The operator has some kind of license and specific IPL training by an outside accredited source, beyond just the company that sold them the machine. Preferably the person is an esthetician. As with lasers, it’s an unregulated field and most states don’t require a license. Absten says that making sure a doctor or nurse or an esthetician is not necessarily a guarantee, because it comes down to the integrity of the person.”
“It’s not that hard to learn,” he says. “But whether the person is a doctor, a phD., or a tech, they have to take the time to learn, they have to care what they’re doing, and they have to have the ethics to know when not to treat something. Those are the safest people in the world because they stick to their limits.”
If the operator is an esthetician, I would get a regular facial first before trusting them to give me an IPL treatment. The training and the ethics of the person giving you the treatment is the most important thing to look for. You can burned with an IPL if the operator doesn’t know what they’re doing.
The operator uses googles to protect your eyes, though this is not as critical as it is with lasers.
E-light brings a unique combination of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and powerful Radio Frequency (RF) energy that act synergistically to enhance the skin. This procedure has increased in popularity and recognition to the point where it is now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures.
What is the fractional CO2 laser ?
Fractionated carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are one of the latest advances in non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. The CO2 has the longest wavelength of all the lasers on the market and can be used safely on darker skin types with appropriate adjustments in the settings.
Fractionated CO2 lasers excel at treating deeper wrinkles, more severe textural changes from sun damage, wrinkles, blotchiness, acne scars, and surgical or traumatic scars. It can be used on the delicate eyelid skin and around the mouth. It is also a very effective treatment for sun damage and precancerous growths.
It can be used to improve texture, wrinkles, and blotchiness on the neck, chest, arms and legs but this should only be done by experts because the risk of complications, including scarring, is higher in these areas.
How does the fractional CO2 laser work?
The fractional CO2 laser takes the CO2 laser beam and fractionates, or pixellates that beam into thousands of tiny little shafts of light. These tiny shafts of light penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. The skin then repairs those tiny shafts by pushing out the old sun damaged skin and replacing it with new skin. The “collateral” heat damage also helps to shrink existing collagen.Can I do the fractional CO2 laser with other cosmetic treatments?
Not the same day generally. The CO2 laser is compatible long term with Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra and other laser based technologies like hair removal, Fraxel Restore, IPL, pulsed dye, etc.
How long do the effects of a fractional CO2 resurfacing laser treatment last?
That depends on how well you protect your skin from the sun and other factors that cause aging like your general health, smoking, changes in weight, etc. If you apply sunscreen and wear brimmed hats, you can maintain the good effects of your CO2 laser treatment for several years. How long does the fractional CO2 laser take to work?
Bear in mind that the fractional CO2 laser can be customized. Treatments can be deeper, with more healing and downtime, or shallower, with less healing time. The deeper the treatment, the better the results generally. But some patients prefer to have two treatments that aren’t as deep so they can avoid a lot of downtime.
You will see some immediate results but you won’t see the full results for 3-6 months. After your skin heals, which may take up to 3-14 days, there will be a period of 4 to 6 weeks after that when your skin might be slightly pink. During this period, your skin will feel smoother and looks less blotchy. As the color returns to normal, you will see fewer lines, less blotchiness, and more glow.
How are fractional CO2 laser treatments performed?
This is a prototype treatment for our office. Other offices will be different so be sure to ask and not just assume it’s the same!You need to arrive 1 ½ hours before your treatment. You or a technician will cleanse the treatment area and then apply a numbing cream to the area to be treated. We also have our patients take the anti-inflammatory Toradal, which helps to reduce the discomfort. Then you just relax, read, and listen to music, while the numbing cream takes effect.
After you numb for about an hour, the numbing gel will be removed. The treatment takes about an hour for a full face and feels a little like a “pins and needles” sensation. A strong stream of cold air (a Zimmer cooler) is blown on the area during the treatment to make it comfortable. The discomfort ranges from mild to moderate (2-4/10). Plan on being in the office for 2 ½ hours total.
Most people drive to and from their own fractional CO2 laser appointments. Offices vary in this. Some offices will use mild narcotics or anti-anxiety drugs which do require some else to drive after the treatment.
How does this laser work for acne scars and other scars?
CO2 lasers have always been very effective for acne and other scars and the fractionated CO2 is no exception. It remains to be seen if it is as effective as the traditional CO2. However, as the settings for the “DOT” or “Deep Fx” for both acne, surgical and traumatic scars keep being improved, many of us think that results will be as good without many of the risks with the older forms of this laser. Go to an expert if scars are your issue.
Are treatments on the eyelids safe?
Yes, because special laser “contact lenses” are used to protect the eye. Don’t let anyone do treatments directly on the eyelids without these. Numbing eye drops are placed in the eye before insertion of a contact lens-like eye shield. A protective ointment on the side next the eye cushions the special shield. The shield fits comfortably within the eye and is easily removed at the end of the treatment. Even our patients who don’t wear contact lenses have been comfortable.
The eye treatment is then performed on the upper & lower eyelids. It is normal (as with all areas treated with the fractional CO2 laser) to have swelling and redness for 2-4 days after the treatment. You also have to avoid all sun exposure during the healing time. Plan on 2-3 weeks for being “camera ready.”
Can I go back to work and activities immediately?
No, you will need to take the rest of that day off to ice and care for the treated area. For the lighter fractional CO2 treatments, you will need 3-5 days of downtime. For the deeper treatments, plan on 7-10 days of healing before you can go out in public.
How many treatments will I need?
The number depends on the extent of your sun damage, scarring or wrinkles, and on how much downtime you can accept. If you can tolerate 7 days of downtime, you would generally need only 1 or 2 fractional CO2 treatment.
Are there any reasons not to be treated with these lasers?
Reasons not to do a fractional laser treatment may include use of medications that increase photosensitivity, use of anticoagulants (some are fine), use of Accutane in the last year (vs. 6 months), chemotherapy, history of difficulty healing or scarring, history of bleeding disorders, and pregnancy.
What is Ultrasound Cavitation?
Ultrasound Lipo is a new technology for breakdown of the fat deposits. This procedure does not involve invasive surgery – there is no need for anesthesia, hospital stay and no down-time. This unique Cavitation technology provides a non-invasive method to breakdown stubborn fat deposits that never seems to disappear no matter what your diet is or how hard you exercise. The most problematic body areas are abdomen, flanks (love handles), inner thighs, buttocks, inner knees, under chin and upper arm. Ultrasonic slimming machine is the latest development, combining Bipolar RF and Tripolar RF technology. It is significantly more effective for fat burning, body shaping, skin tightening and cellulite reduction.
What is the Ultrasound Cavitation Treatment Like?
Ultrasonic Cavitation is a newer, non-invasive surgical technique which uses an ultrasound Cavitation machine which emits ultrasonic waves to cause breakdown in fat cells, while leaving all other tissues intact. It is selectively target fat cells only by operating only at a specific, narrow band of frequency. Once the fatty cells die off, they are absorbed into the blood stream and excreted in your urine. What’s more, Cavitation is 100% outpatient, barring any rare complications. There is 0 recuperative time, other than following a few simple rules. Treatment starts with the target body area and continues with circular movements of the applicator over the treatment site. Weekly treatments are beneficial to aid in final results. Treatment duration for each target area can vary from 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area and the thickness of the fatty tissue. Treatment areas are: abdomen, arms, thighs, flanks (love handles), back (fat beneath the buttocks).
How does Ultrasound Cavitation Liposuction work?
Cavitation is a natural phenomenon based on low frequency ultrasound. The ultrasound field creates the bubbles in the liquid which gradually grow and implode at certain size. The energy in the form of heat and pressure is released. As the membranes of fat cells do not have the structural capacity to withstand the vibrations, the effect of Cavitation easily and selectively breaks them down. The Cavitation treatment does not require any special pre-treatment. It starts with circumference measurement of the target body area, continues with circular movements of the applicator over the treatment site, and is finalized with another circumference measurement. The duration of treatment session can vary from 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area and the thickness of the fatty tissue. 6 to 9 sessions at 1 week intervals are recommended in order to achieve noticeable results. Further treatments may be needed to attain your desired silhouette.
The treatment does not require anesthesia. Most of the clients consider the procedure painless and comfortable. There may be a slight discomfort due to the specific noise that spreads throughout your body due to the ultrasonic treatment. This poses no physical harm and disappears as soon as you are not in contact with the applicator. You may also experience some warmth during the treatment. There is a slight possibility of mild redness, excessive thirst, and nausea immediately after the treatment which always resolves by drinking water. They are all short term effects that will disappear within a few hours. Even though the studies have proven the treatment safe, the Cavitation is not be used on clients with an acute illness, comprised liver function, severe bleeding tendencies, pace makers, or during pregnancy. The Cavitation treatment yields long-lasting results. Most of the clients experience toning effect after a single session with increasing results after each visit. The results may vary with different tissue structure, body area, age, metabolism, and medications. Proper diet and increased physical activity will certainly improve final results.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments varies from person to person and from body area to body area. Your lifestyle and immune system also play a vital role in treatment progress. We highly recommend a daily nutrition plan consisting of fresh produce in combination with vitamin supplements and exercise. Ultrasound Cavitation Liposuction is more effective if combined with ND-Yag Laser, Radio Frequency, IPL, Thermo-C System, Lymphatic drainage and RF.
What is the Cryolipolysis
The fat cells that are exposed to the cold will disintegrate in a process of natural cell death also known as apoptosis. The lipids that are released in this process are progressively eliminated by natural metabolic activities over the 3 months following the procedure. Regular exercise during this period helps to optimise their elimination. Cryolipolysis affects only fat cells, since they are more sensitive to cold than other cells. Hence fat is removed while sparing neighbouring skin, muscles and nerves.
This non-invasive technique offers an alternative to liposuction for those who wish to avoid the risks and recuperation time inherent to surgical procedures. Best results are obtained on patients that have a healthy weight and diet, but wish to get rid of resistant fat bulges. At Forever Laser Institut we perform cryolipolysis using theCoolSculpting™ device from Zeltiq.
How Does Cryolipolysis Work?
The CoolSculpting™ oval handpiece is placed on the treated area. It contains a suction mechanism that will draw and hold the fatty bulge between two cooling panels. These will extract the heat out of the tissues. During the procedure, the CoolSculpting™ device maintains the treatment temperature at 5°C. A cryolipolysis session lasts 1 hour per zone, and must be preceded by an aesthetic consultation with one of our doctors.
Cryolipolysis allows a permanent localised elimination of fat cells. Results become visible 3 months after the session, with an reduction in the thickness of the fat bulge of approximately 30%. Patients can lose more centimetres of fat with additionnal treatments. The CoolSculpting™ device ensures homogeneous and natural results.
How many treatments are needed?
Depends on the thickness of the fat bulge. Generally, 1 to 2 sessions per zone are sufficient, performed with a minimal interval of 3 months.