For many men and women, unwanted hair can be an embarrassing nightmare. Traditional hair reduction techniques such as shaving, plucking and waxing provide only temporary relief and may actually stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis can be effective, but often requires years of painful, continuous treatment. Many people are now seeking laser treatment for the reduction of unwanted hair.
The Cynosure Apogee 6200 Enhanced TKS Laser provides consistent reproducible results as substantiated by quality clinical research and peer review. It differs from other hair reduction lasers on the market in that it utilizes the best known combination of clinical factors to isolate the energy of the treatment to the hair base and not the skin or other unwanted areas. The result is a more effective treatment for patients with a larger tange of skin tone treatable. The Apogee Laser increases both the destructive effect on the hair follicle and the protective effect on the skin.
It is recommended that patients stay out of the sun for 2 - 3 weeks prior to laser treatment. Treatment should not be performed if you have a suntan or sun burn. Patients should not tweeze, wax, or use a depilatory agent for one month prior to treatment. The area treated should be shaved 12-14 hours prior to treatment. If the area to be treated has a heavy growth of hair, you should shave just before coming to the office. Do not wear makeup, deodorant, perfumes, or powder on the areas to be treated.
During the Treatment
Patients will be asked to use protective eyewear (goggles) to avoid exposure to direct or scattered laser light. The area to be treated may be shaved if it hasn't been shaved within 12-14 hours prior to treatment. A yellow or light colored marker may be used to outline the treatment area. This serves as a guide for the laser handpiece. A clear aloe gel, sometimes frozen or chilled, may be applied to the treatment area to ease the sensation of the pulse from the laser. The laser handpiece and cooling device are then positioned and activated on the area to be treated. Laser pulses are delivered to the treatment area with a 10% overlap between pulses. A laser pulse can be described as a wave of heat with the sensation of a pinprick. A topical anesthetic may be applied if necessary, however, the aloe gel and cooling device should cut down on any discomfort.
Post Treatment Instructions
After you have received your laser treatment the area treated will resemble a moderate sunburn. Loose, natural fiber clothing is recommended. It is recommended that a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher should be applied whenever exposed to the sun. Try not to rub, scratch, or pick the area treated. Swimming, sports and/or strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 2-3 days following the laser treatment. Ointment may be applied to the treated area to prevent drying and crusting and to also promote a soothing effect. Antibiotic ointment should be used if there is any blistering or break in the skin. Patients should contact the office if there is any indication of infection (redness, tenderness or pus).
Hair experiences three phases of growth: anagen, catagen and telogen. It is during the anagen phase that hair reacts to laser light. The goal in hair reduction is for the laser light to penetrate to the depth of the hair follicle during the anagen phase to achieve long-term results. This is why, depending upon the area treated, you will need to be treated anywhere from 2 - 7 times.
Light energy is absorbed by the pigment melanin; it is then transformed into heat energy disabling the hair follicle. Those individuals with course, dark hair, and light color skin respond best to the laser. In those people with darker skin color (more melanin) the skin tends to compete with the hair for light energy resulting in the potential for damaged skin, not the hair follicle. This is another reason why tanning should be avoided prior to treatment. Skin types can be classified in one of six categories. These categories show how each different skin type reacts to sunlight. A person's skin type is evaluated to determine safe, effective levels of laser energy to use during the laser hair reduction process.