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Hair Removal &
hair removal method has to work around the fact that it is only during the Anagen
stage of growth that the follicle can be neuteralised. Typically only 10% of hair
follicles are in this phase at any one time and the growth period is different
for each individual is different. Talk about a moving target.
The laser seeks to
use the concentration of pigment (Melanin) in the hair shaft to absorb the laser
light and thereby damaging the follicles ability to regenerate hairs with heat.
Meanwhile the laser must be able to pass harmlessly through the other tissue components.
Laser Process Is Not Easy Or Without Risk
is very hard to hit the hair root (dermal papilla) repeatedly and accurately,
since the laser beam is only one to several thousandths of an inch in diameter.
In many cases, the laser can destroy tissue around the follicle. Debris such as
blackheads, whiteheads and oil can keep the light from reaching the root. Similarly
a curved or distorted follicle may obstruct the laser light. In these cases, the
laser will not hit the hair root but will singe the hair at the surface, or glance
off the side of the follicle wall. When any of the above happen, some minor scarring
greatest risk with lasers is permanent eye damage, which increases with the higher-class
lasers. Severe skin burns can also be caused by laser light. The clinic should
provide protective eyewear (which is suitable for the wavelengths used). In the
USA this is mandatory.
- Not For Every One
A number of
factors will effect the result of the treatment.
Colour - There must be a good concentration
of colour in the hair to absorb the laser light the laser light will not be absorbed
by grey, white or blond hair.
Colour - Coloured skin contains so much pigment that the laser
light is absorbed in the skin and not the hair.
Condition - The hair needs to be just visible
on the surface of the skin. The shorter and coarser the hair is the better the
- Some medication can cause photosensitivity of the skin, these include some antibiotics,
blood pressure, heart tablets and Premarin. These medications do not exclude patients
from treatment but need to be discussed in detail by patient and clinician.
Levels - It appears that those with higher
'female' hormone levels respond faster to total elimination.
of the combination of all these factors it is very hard to follow recommendations
from others who have received treatment, as every one will have a different experience.
Of Lasers Is Regulated
the UK the Local Health Authority will supply details of the registered clinics
and the lasers that they use. This registration covers the safety aspect of the
use of lasers but does not have any bearing on the effectiveness of the treatment.
As a condition of the registration, treatment may only be carried out with the
authorisation of the clinic doctor, and by a trained laser clinician. The certificate
of registration and the clinicians training certificate must be displayed.
To Consider When Approaching A Clinic
the above advice and explanation freely provided? Are consultations free? Is the
clinic registered with the health authorities? Which laser machine is used? Who
will operate the equipment and therefore carry out the treatment and are they
trained? What arrangement for test is suggested? Is the correct eye protection
provided? Does the clinic welcome and understand the special needs of transgendered
clients? Can you bring a friend? Even after getting positive answers to these
questions you are bound to feel vulnerable it is important that you have trust
and confidence in the clinic and the clinician. They should be aware of this and
should be supportive in providing the clinicians background experience and commitment.
Before full treatment any good practitiioner should insist on patch tests to gauge
skin reaction and probable success rate.
Treatment Is Not Proven Permanent
trials record patients that have not experienced re-growth in four years. However
for legal reasons the manufacturers of these relativly new machines are unable
to class the process, (or advertise the process), as permanent with current records.