Laser Hair Removal for Men
Laser hair removal is the most effective method for long term removal of unwanted body hair. At Medicine of Cosmetics we are 5 mins out of Adelaide, very convenient for these monthly appointments!
Our friendly and experienced technicians are fully trained (All nurses have certificates in Laser & Safety) and happy to discuss all your personal needs at a free consultation and attend to your needs throughout all the treatments including your follow-up care. Call and book an appointment now.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
Laser hair removal is the most effective method for long term removal of unwanted body hair. MOC Laser (class 4 medical grade) uses 810nm wavelength and is safe – clinical studies have shown it to be highly effective for hair removal.
The Diode laser works by projecting a beam of light which is converted to heat and conducted down the shaft of the hair to the hair follicle. The laser is calibrated to target pigment (melanin) in the growing hair. This means that the hair follicle is destroyed without damaging the surrounding tissue.
An initial consultation is required prior to treatment where a technician/nurse will assess your skin type and hair growth to see if you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal. A test patch is performed before treatments begin to assess the reaction of your skin to the laser.
The target area is shaved before treatment so that the surface hair does not absorb the laser energy. We carefully photo-document and monitor the entire treatment process along with our clients.
Because the laser only acts on hair follicles that are in an active growth phase (approx. 10-30% at any one time), more than one treatment will be required to kill the hair follicles that subsequently enter this growth phase.
Other factors that may affect the number of treatments required include your skin type, age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medications and metabolism.
Since darker hair tends to have higher pigment content, the laser is most effective on dark brown or black hair. Darker tones of red and blonde hair are also treated effectively with the laser. White or grey hair can be treated if there is enough pigment in the hair shaft to conduct the energy of the laser beam. This can be assessed by test patching.
There may be a little discomfort and some areas are more sensitive than others, however, there is a cooling system within the hand piece which significantly reduces discomfort. Skin may appear slightly red after laser hair removal treatment. This normally subsides within a few hours.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IPL AND LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Both treatments produce energy in order to disrupt the growth cycle of each hair follicle to reduce hair without damaging the surrounding tissues.
The main difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL lies in the technology that each method uses to generate the light.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser Machines produce a single wavelength of light which has a specific target. Laser machines create more heat directed at the hair follicle than IPL systems, which achieves better results.
The heat from the Laser Machine is absorbed by the follicle and not the skin, therefore there is a decreased risk of burning, which makes Laser a safer option for darker skinned individuals.
IPL – INTENSE PULSE LIGHT
IPL plays an important role in the treatment of the skin, such as treating pigmentation and fine blood vessels, however for Hair Removal IPL isn’t as effective as Laser.
IPL’S are not lasers, however they do produce a spectrum of wavelengths (like a light bulb.) Because there are many different wavelengths are dispersed at a variety of depths, only some of these will be effective for hair reduction.
Laser Technology is simply more effective, and does achieve better results whilst also being safe for all skin colours opposed to IPL which is only suitable for lighter skin tones.