In Toronto-Dermatech Laser Clinic we can help you get at the root of the problem with laser hair removal with our state-of-the-art Elite MPXTM laser system. Laser hair removal gives you effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body that you have unwanted hair. Whether it’s your face, legs, back, or bikini line, you can have the results you want.
To understand how laser hair removal works, it’s helpful to understand how your hair works.
Hair grows from deep within hair follicles, which are thin cavities embedded in the skin. Hair does not grow continuously, but grows in a three-phase cycle.
While the rate at which hair grows differs by individual, the length of the hair growth cycle generally depends on the type of hair and area of the body. For example, the active growth phase of the hair on your head may last several years, while hair on the body has an active growth phase that may last only a few months.
During laser hair removal procedures, a laser device emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color (also known as melanin). The energy absorbed damages the pigmented hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow. Hair follicles that are in the anagen, or active growth phase, have more pigment and absorb more energy, and typically respond the best to treatments. For this reason, it typically takes multiple treatments to achieve the best results – it’s important to “catch” your hair in this active growth phase when you are receiving treatments.
There are many devices for laser hair removal however, we use the best in laser technology, the Cynosure® Elite MPXTM and Icon. The Elite MPXTM uses two proven Gold Standard laser wavelengths, Nd Yag and Alexandrite, that provide treatments for patients of all skin types. Treatments with this system are fast, effective, comfortable, and safe.
With spot sizes up to 24mm, the Elite MPXTM laser provides fast treatments, allowing you to resume your normal activities as quickly as possible. These larger sized spots make for quick treatments of larger areas such as the back, legs, or chest. Smaller spot sizes are used for smaller areas, such as the upper lip.
The Elite MPXTM contains two different types of laser wavelengths that provide effective treatments on patients of all skin types. One of the lasers is better for lighter skinned patients, and the other is better for darker skinned patients.
In addition, the Elite MPXTM uses an advanced, exclusive technology called “Multiplexing.” Multiplexing mixes the two lasers together, allowing us to tailor the treatments exactly to your particular skin and hair type for outstanding results.
In addition to providing effective treatments, Multiplexing also results in less painful treatments.2 This is supplemented by a built in air cooling system to provide continuous skin cooling during treatment making it an extremely tolerable experience.
The Elite MPXTM system has been in clinical use for many years and has been proven safe in many clinical publications.
Prior to your procedure you should make sure the area being treated in freshly shaven. This will allow for effective energy delivery of the laser device to your hair follicles, thus providing a more effective treatment. During the treatment, the laser specialist will guide the device over the treatment area. As he or she does, it will deliver light energy, which travels through your skin and is absorbed by the hair follicles. You will feel cold air blowing throughout the treatment for added comfort. You will also hear a slight beep as the laser delivers this energy into your skin. It is normal to feel a slight snapping like a rubber band as the energy is being delivered.
The hair follicles that absorb energy from the laser will be damaged. Hairs that were present in the follicles at the time of treatment will fall out over the next couple of weeks and future hair growth will be impaired. Since not all hairs are actively growing at the same time multiple treatments are required for optimal results. As the follicles in the transitional and resting periods return to the active growth phase, you may notice some hair regrowth but not as thick as it was before the treatment. This regrowth will become thinner and lighter with each subsequent treatment until there is little, to no hair at all.
For more information about this Treatment or to schedule a consultation, contact Dermatech laser clinic at email@example.com or call us at (905) 597-2552.