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Procedure and laser hair removal aftercare

The care after laser hair removal is very important for obtaining the desired effect. Complications in the form of allergic reactions and painful sensations can occur if basic rules are not followed.

To get silky looking and feeling skin, you need to understand what you can and can’t do after the procedure. To rejoice with the result, and not to eliminate the negative effects, it is important to consider the contraindications and follow the recommendations of your cosmetologist. This is what our article is about.

Possible negative effects of the laser

Even if you have no contraindications, after the start of laser hair removal, there may be adverse reactions.

Often the negative effects are related to the following reasons:

  • The patient ignored or the specialist did not identify a contraindication for the procedure;
  • The master did not follow the protocol of the procedure;
  • The client did not follow the preparation conditions for the procedure and did not take care of the skin at home correctly;
  • The specialist did not set the laser parameters correctly;
  • Allergic reaction to gel or anesthesia;
  • Individual intolerance to laser treatment.


Is there a kind of laser hair removal that removes down, blond and red hair??

Natalia Grigorieva: No. No light devices (including elo-epilation) can remove downy hair. Blond or redhead hair can be removed with any type of laser, but the result can be either good or bad. no guarantees can be given.

Elena Nasatskaya: No. Laser and photoepilation slows down the growth of such hair, but does not remove it completely. Electroepilation is effective, but it has a serious side effect. scarring.

Carina Musaeva: Yes. Combining different types of lasers. alexandrite, diode. you can pick up a program for downy hair. But their removal on the face and shoulders can provoke the opposite effect, making them more rigid (this phenomenon is called paradoxical hypertrichosis). The Cynosure Elite MPX multiplex laser (neodymium alexandrite wavelength) can do it with light-coloured, red hair. It affects both the follicle pigment and the microcapillary pigment that nourishes the hair.

Is there any device which makes hair removal absolutely painless??

Natalia Grigorieva: Yes. Lumenis LightSheer Duet with vacuum enhancement. The handle of HS has two or three times more surface area than other machines (22×35 mm) and has a vacuum “grip. It blocks the transmission of the pain impulse to the brain.

Elena Nasatskaya: No. But each subsequent treatment becomes more comfortable because the hairs become lighter and finer. Generally whether it hurts or not depends more on your own sensitivity threshold.

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Carina Musaeva: Yes. Motif HR Elos hair removal on Elos Plus (heat and light tingling) and Elite MPX Cynosure multiplex (Zimmer Cryo cold air blowing) are the most easily tolerated. All devices have a built-in anesthesia system. In our clinic patients can choose the laser, which they find the most comfortable.

Can I remove hair between each session with anything but a razor??

Natalia Grigorieva: No. Other types of depilation (wax, shugaring, chemical depilation) traumatize the hair follicle. When the root of the hair is damaged or missing, the laser cannot heat up the pigment and destroy.

Elena Nasatskaya: Yes. In addition to the razor you can use depilatory cream. All other methods remove the root of the hair, and it takes a long time to recover it.

Carina Musaeva: No. Depilation with electric razor, wax, tweezers damages the hair shaft, while the laser beam should affect the melanin which is inside the hair shaft. Before coming for laser hair removal it is recommended to grow hair 2-4 weeks.

Is it true that swelling and redness are signs that the waxing procedure was effective?

Natalia Grigorieva: Yes. Perifollicular swelling (around the follicle) is a sign of hair follicle destruction. It occurs within 24 hours after the procedure. Therefore according to the rules it is recommended to make test flashes on the control zone and let the patient for a day to make sure. the laser parameters were set correctly.

Elena Nasatskaya: Yes. After the procedure, there should be swelling. There may be no redness, it is an individual reaction caused by the peculiarities of the vascular network of the patient.

Carina Nasatskaya: No. Swelling and redness are not necessary side effects. Swelling occurs in patients with sensitive skin. The appearance of redness depends on the color, thickness and density of the hair on the treated area. Black thick hair, because it contains a lot of eumelanin, absorbs light and heats up well, so the redness can be stronger.

Elos-epilation is more effective than laser and photo-?

Natalia Grigorieva: No, rather the opposite. About 10 years ago Lumenis created the world’s first contact cooling photosystem and had it patented. Syneron couldn’t get around it, and had to reduce the power of the light energy to avoid skin burns. And to increase the general warming. added RF pulse. The result is “elo-epilation”: low-power light, intense heating of the skin without destroying the hair follicle. Due to the high painfulness of the procedure, specialists sometimes turn off the radiofrequency heating. the remaining energy is not enough to irreversibly “kill” the follicle.

Carina Musaeva: Yes. Elos-epilation has advantages over light methods of hair removal. First, it can remove blonde and stiff gray hair. Secondly, the color of the skin is not important. Thirdly it is possible to sunbathe immediately before and after the hair removal procedure.

Does epilation affect the appearance of neoplasms? Are there studies on this topic?

Natalia Grigorieva: No. No special studies have been conducted, but no link between hair removal and cancer has been found (for so many years not a single known case of cancer was caused by hair removal). Most devices are approved by the FDA, an organization that studies the effect of various agents and techniques on the appearance of neoplasms.

Elena Nasatskaya: Not exactly. American scientists came to conclusion that appearance of malignant tumors is “programmed” by the body. Epilation can not provoke them, but can speed up their growth, as in fact the procedure is physiotherapy.

What is the basis of laser hair removal?? It’s safe?

The principle of laser hair removal is taken from cybernetics. Laser is a bunch of concentrated light of certain wave and intensity. Target for the laser is only pigment of the hair or microscopic capillaries that feed the follicle. The laser beam moves like a tube to the hair follicle, heating and destroying it.

The laser beam for hair removal operates at a precisely defined depth. 755 nm-1064 nm, which is 9 times thinner than human hair. That is, laser hair removal can not “reach” lymph nodes, muscles and bones. This is one of the stupidest myths!

According to researches of the Fund on skin cancer control of the USA (the most authoritative source in the world in this sphere), modern devices not only do not cause skin cancer, but also prevent it due to the fact that they normalize melanogenesis work. pigment production. This data was also confirmed by the Russian MINZDRAV.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a method of hair removal by targeting destructive impact of light radiation on the hair follicle. Just one procedure, which takes from 5 to 20 minutes, can remove up to 25% of unwanted hairs. Effective, isn’t it??

“Among the main advantages of laser hair removal. permanent hair removal after 6-7 treatments (with significant hair growth every six months repeated procedures are required); relatively painless; no side effects, provided that the specialist is highly qualified and the equipment is good”.

What is the principle of action? A laser is a device that emits a concentrated beam of light with a high energy density. In hair removal, the follicle is the target. The laser beam “focuses” on the hair pigment or microscopic capillaries that feed the follicle. It works at a prescribed depth and does not damage nearby tissues. As a result the follicle is first strongly heated and then destroyed.

Laser hair removal machines are differentiated by the type of lasers. Their main difference from each other is the wavelength of light. The bigger it is, the deeper is the penetration and higher is the efficiency. The following types of lasers are commonly used in cosmetology.

It removes only dark hair on light skin, it can not cope with light hair.

At one time he replaced the ruby laser in the laser systems, which was used in cosmetology until the beginning of the XXI century. In contrast to its bigger brother the alexandrite laser generates light irradiation with a wavelength of 725 nm against 694 nm for the ruby laser. Gives maximum results on fair skin, no tan, but it does not remove light hair. In addition, without the cooling pad the procedure is rather painful.

The wavelength is 800-900 nm, which allows hair removal even on tanned skin. And though the diode laser can’t get rid of gray hair, he perfectly copes with light hair.

How long does recovery last after first laser hair removal treatment?

The wave length is high enough. 1064 nm. The laser beams affect not only the melanin, but also coagulate (seal) the blood vessels. In other words, the neodymium laser can deprive the hair of nutrition, which leads to the death of follicles. But it is necessary to notice that for epilation such lasers are applied seldom. Their main focus in clinics is the removal of vascular mesh on the face.

This technology allows hair to be treated in two ways: by light and current. The laser beam heats the hair and the electrical pulse hits the hair follicle. Depth of exposure reaches up to 5-6 mm compared to 4 mm with conventional laser hair removal.

Nowadays laser hair removal is considered one of the most effective methods of getting rid of excess hair.

How many sessions and what it depends on?

The desired result you will notice after 4-6 procedures. This is a conventional framework, the course can consist of 10 or even 15 sessions. It depends on the epilation zone. A full course for the body consists of 6-8 sessions, and for the face. up to 10-12 sessions.

In each procedure, the laser affects the follicle in the growth stage, that is, the active hair. After its destruction, other bulbs awaken to compensate for the loss. They begin to grow from scratch and the hairs reappear. Therefore several sessions are required.

There will be several waves of active growth of dormant follicles, each subsequent wave is poorer and poorer: there will be fewer hairs in number, color and thinning. The number of these waves and the necessary procedures depends on the individual characteristics of the body. After all the bulbs are destroyed you will forget about unwanted body hair for a long time.

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Consequences and swelling of the skin, hair after laser hair removal

It is believed that laser radiation is safe for the skin in terms of tumors and other diseases. Although there is no long experience of laser hair removal in the world so far, laser irradiation is actively used in medicine for the treatment of septic wounds, where no active growth of oncological diseases has been detected.

Nevertheless, the question remains open, as well as the impact of ultrasound on the fetus during the examination in the first months of pregnancy.

Stages and number of laser hair removal sessions

The method involves several stages: the preparatory, the hair removal procedure itself and the following period of skin care.

In the first stage, in order not to damage the outer skin, the specialist treats it with anesthetic compositions.

Both the patient and the master, who works with the laser, wear protective glasses during the session. they cannot be removed until the procedure is over. Its duration varies on different treated areas and is adjusted according to the individual characteristics of the patient’s body. The average session lasts from 3 to 60 minutes.

After the procedure, a restorative soothing agent is applied to the irradiated part of the body.

There is a chance that inflammation will remain on the skin. If it is not sensitive, the slight redness will remain for about a day. If there are problems with sensitivity, however, the inflammation may last longer. Crust formation is also possible. To avoid aggravating the consequences, cosmetologists recommend applying sprays, ointments or cream on it, until it itself is dry.

The final result depends on the phototype of the dermis. Before starting the procedure, a test is performed on a small area of skin to determine susceptibility to the laser. If the patient has a high threshold of sensitivity to pain, anesthetic cream is offered.

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Epilation session is performed on clean and dry skin. A tingling sensation may occur, causing slight discomfort, but not pain.

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No other methods of hair removal are allowed between several sessions. Otherwise it is possible to traumatize hair follicles and provoke their increased growth. The subsequent laser treatment procedures are carried out as the hairs which were in the initial stage of growth increase.

Specialists recommend extending the rest interval after each session by 1 week. It also matters where the laser treatment was performed.

The number of sessions depends on the type of skin, the color and structure of the hair, the area of the body being treated. For the face it is necessary from 3 to 8 procedures. Underarm and bikini zones require laser treatment from 5 to 9 times. There must be a certain time interval between procedures. Cosmetologists insist on extending the interval by two weeks after each.

If the patient has a hormonal disturbance, even a full course of laser hair removal does not guarantee that the unwanted hair will disappear completely. Hair growth may resume. In this case, experts recommend examination in medical institutions for endocrine diseases.

Brief summary

What is the difference between epilation and depilation?

During depilation the hair is removed with or without the root; the effect lasts up to 3 weeks depending on the method.

Epilation destroys the hair follicle in one way or another, and the hair stops growing.

What kind of hair removal is preferable??

Everything depends on the budget and in some cases on the type of hair (for example, photoepilation is not suitable for removing light-colored body hair). As show numerous responses on the Internet, the most popular are laser hair removal, AFT- and Qool-epilation. Their advantage is that they are considered painless and highly effective. If you set a goal, then in 5-7 months you can completely get rid of excess body hair, provided the regularity of procedures.

How to properly care for the skin after epilation?

It is worth following a special algorithm of actions. A tip from our expert Maria Nevskaya:

On the day of epilation sites should not be wet (to prevent folliculitis).

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During the next 2-3 days you should not sunbathe, go to the sauna, and wear tight underwear and clothing that can provoke irritation.

Starting from the second day, use moisturizing and regenerating gels or creams with panthenol until the next epilation session. to prevent ingrown hairs due to increased skin dryness.

For the same purpose, once a week it makes sense to use a scrubber. In the bikini and underarm area, the use of special products to slow down hair growth on a permanent basis is recommended.

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