Epilation, Unwanted hair might be a day to day problem for most of us. We struggle between painful solutions and expensive products and spend a lot of time to reduce the visibility of body hair in different areas. Thankfully, there is a better solution that will be very effective and sustainable in very few sessions; laser epilation.
Laser Epilation Application
The laser beam is applied to the skin for milliseconds by selective heating while the hair follicle is removed with laser epilation. It is only held by the pigment of melanin, and therefore, the light energy turns into heat energy, heating the hair and burning it. Most hair follicles are non-pigmented, the pigment is usually located at the top of the root section, thus the laser beam cannot directly heat and destroy the roots. The heat generated by the burning of the remaining hair in the bristle sac causes the hair root to be destroyed.
The thicker and darker the hair, the more heat will be obtained in the bristle sac and the root will be easier to destroy. When the hair is thin or light in color, the heat obtained from the laser may not be sufficient for the destruction of the root. During the application, the laser head shoots at a distance of 2-3 cm to the skin. Since it does not contact the skin and does not disturb the integrity of the skin, there is no hygiene problem. The effect of laser rays on bacteriostatic, that also contributes to hygiene.
The most important factor in determining laser dose is skin darkness. For this reason, instrumental measurement with spectrophotometric devices is preferred instead of a visual decision. It is essential for an effective and permanent result that the dose to be applied does not irritate and destroy the skin, but at the same time, it is sufficient to obtain sufficient heat in the hair sac.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
Hair develops in 4 stages: early anagen, anagen, telogen, and catagen stages. The hairs we see on our skin are the hairs in the anagen phase. In addition to these hairs, there are also hairs in the stages of catagen and telogen (shedding and sleeping), but these hairs are not visible. When a hair that passes the shedding phase starts to fall out and go to sleep, another hair follicle in the same region goes to awakening (early anagen) and then to growth (anagen). Therefore, even though we always see the same amount of hair, we don’t see the same hair. Since the laser only affects the hair follicles that have hair inside, that is, early anagen or anagen phase, several sessions (such as 4-6) should be applied.
The appearance of the hair, which will pass to the anagen phase after 2 months in the body and 1 month in the facial area, is the indication of the time of the laser epilation session. The laser light only affects the hair follicles in the anagen (active) stage and not all roots are active at the same time. Therefore, telogen (passive) roots will need to be applied to them when they become active. A permanent solution is achieved only after several laser hair removal sessions.
Since the thickness and density of the hair are different in each body, it is not possible to give an exact number of sessions, it varies from person to person and from area to area. On average, 4-6 laser epilation sessions are usually sufficient.
In laser epilation application, the dose is selected according to the skin type. In this way, it is aimed to finish the treatment as soon as possible by working at a power that will affect the hair follicles but will not harm the skin. Since everyone’s body structure and hormonal levels and skin type are different, the time required to achieve results in laser hair removal varies from person to person. The sessions are repeated at appropriate times to capture the hair during the anagen (growth) phase.
To be able to know how many sessions you need to get rid of body hair in a specific area, you can contact us, and our physicians will be helping you and answering your questions.
Before and After The Sessions
First of all, the skin colours of the areas where laser epilation will be applied should not be tanned from the sun or solarium. Dose adjustment will be made by measuring your skin tone with a Digital Spectrophotometer. Root removal (waxing, tweezers, epilator) should not be applied to the hair in the areas where laser epilation will be applied within the last 20 days.
The growing hairs can be shortened with razor or scissors in the body until the last 3 days before the session, only with scissors in the face area, we prefer you to come without shortening. Roaccutane and similar acne medications should not be used in the last 6 months. Processes such as yellowing and dyeing should not be performed on the hairs where laser epilation will be applied.
If the skin peeling product (peeling) is used (such as retinoic acid, glycolic acid), it should be left 15 days ago. While applying laser, there should not be any make-up material and paint on the skin. Laser epilation is not applied to the affected area in those who are in the first 3 months of pregnancy, in the last 6 months, in patients with psoriasis or skin darkening diseases.
Secondly, after a session, it is recommended not to be exposed to the sun for 2 days after laser application and not to enter the solarium. Sunscreens with a high protection factor (SPF 30 and above) should be used if it is mandatory to be exposed to the sun (especially for the face area). If you tanned between sessions by sunbathing or tanning with a solarium, if your skin color has not come close to its normal tone when the next session time comes, your application will not be delayed until your skin color approaches normal. A warm shower can be taken immediately after laser epilation.
Applications that will irritate the skin such as pouch and peeling should not be performed for a week. Laser Epilation is applied in the area varying according to the skin sensitivity; It is normal to develop a rash from 1 hour to several days. In some people, if there is a slight swelling, rarely crusting and acne in the application area after the procedure, it will pass by itself without the need for treatment.
When Will I See the Results?
The roots of the laser epilated hair begin to fall out with a slight extension within 3 to 10 days or can be easily removed when held by hand. The spill time can also reach 15-20 days. The session intervals are determined when the hair starts to grow again. It is generally 4 weeks for the facial area and 8 weeks for the body areas. The average number of sessions is 4-6 sessions for body areas, 6-1 2 sessions for facial areas.
This number may vary depending on the skin and hair structure. The hair density decreases permanently, on average, by 15% per session, you can only see the difference only after the third session, but if you continue your sessions regularly, you may not have a hair problem after the first session. In small areas, there is no need to carry out a control session since it does not contribute to the course of treatment.
Who can do epilation?
Laser epilation is not applied to the affected area in those who are in the first 3 months of pregnancy, in the last 6 months, in patients with psoriasis or skin darkening diseases.
Other than that, anyone over 18 years old can be eligible for the application.
Does epilation hurt?
Epilation does not hurt although you might feel a little tingling sensation while the root of the hair follicles are being burned.
How many sessions do I need?
The average number of sessions is 4-6 sessions for body areas, 6-1 2 sessions for facial areas. This number may vary depending on the skin and hair structure.
What should I do after a laser epilation?
After a session, it is recommended not to be exposed to the sun for 2 days after laser application and not to enter the solarium.
Can you apply epilation on facial hair?
Yes, it is safe to apply epilation on facial hair.