Cooperation with the client is very important here. During the whole treatment cycle, there must be no tanning of the skin (either in the sun or in the solarium). The senior physician must be informed about any exposure to the sun before laser treatment.
The senior physician of the the Bodyclinic attaches the greatest importance to safety. For this reason, no initial treatment takes place without a test treatment being conducted first of all. This must be carried out at least 48 hours before the treatment itself.
Preparation for the treatment
It is advisable to shave only the area to be treated at least six weeks before the treatment and not to remove the hair by waxing or plucking. Also the skin must not be pre-tanned, i.e. one must refrain from sunbathing or visiting solariums.
The client should shave the appropriate part of the body once again three days before the treatment. To increase the comfort, we apply an anaesthetic cream one to one and a half hours before the treatment, to alleviate the pain of the laser epilation.
Implementation of the treatment
The laser device sends an energy-rich ray of light through a laser hand piece, which is passed over the body at a constant distance. The treatment consists of a series of laser impulses at a time interval of half to one second. About one square centimetre is covered by each impulse. In this way, the hair follicles in this area are heated to over 65° C and thus lose the ability to produce a new hair.
During the treatment, a light stinging or burning is felt which, however, becomes more and more tolerable after the first impulses. Many patients describe the treatment "as if a taut rubber band flicks against the skin". As mentioned above, the feeling of pain is greatly alleviated by applying an anaesthetic cream.
After the treatment
Within 15 - 30 minutes after the laser epilation, the skin becomes slightly or very red and the follicles swell. This reaction mostly subsides after two hours, at the latest after one day. The cold pack which we lay on and a cooling special cream bring fast relief. If necessary, the client can apply the cream once again themselves at home. In the first week following treatment, patients are to refrain from exposure to sunlight or lying on a sunbed.
In the experience of the senior physician, the skin is not damaged if the laser device is set properly. Superficial crust formation can occur if the skin is very sensitive or the dose of laser energy is too high. As a rule, these crusts break off within a few days and the skin remains unchanged.
In rare cases, however, stronger crust formation lasting up to 14 days and subsequent temporary color changes of the skin can occur (increased or reduced pigmentation of the skin areas affected). In virtually all cases, these pigment changes regulate themselves within four to six months. Scar formation can only occur if a blister has been formed previously, i.e. third degree burns. These, in turn, can only occur after extreme overdosage of the laser energy or incorrect handling.
One treatment is unfortunately not sufficient.
Depending on the part of the body, 30 - 70% of the hair follicles are in a state of rest. However, during the first treatment, the laser only destroys the hair follicles in the treatment area which are in a state of growth. Hair which is in a state of rest is insensitive to laser treatment. Further laser treatment is therefore necessary after a few weeks or months, in order to treat hair follicles which are now growing in the same way. For this purpose, depending on the type of hair and the area to be treated, a treatment concept must be drawn up in collaboration with the doctor. Mostly three to five treatments are necessary, at intervals of one to three months. In this way, a reduction of 75 to 95% of the hair which grows after the treatment is generally achieved.
Since this process of hair removal is new, there is no certainty whether the success will last a lifetime. The senior physician at the Bodyclinic has been observing the results since 1997. During this time, the results for most clients have been very stable and it can be assumed with some certainty that the areas which have been free of hair for so long will indeed remain free of hair.
© The Bodyclinic: 10/2017