While a thick, luxuriant head of hair is, undoubtedly, something to be proud of—even flaunt—excess hair on other areas of the body can be a source of embarrassment. If you live in a hot, humid climate, or are very athletic and play sports or exercise strenuously, it can also be a source of discomfort, as excess hair traps perspiration. At La Fontaine Aesthetics, we offer some of the best laser hair removal Denver has to offer.
At La Fontaine, we of course offer waxing for a shorter-term solution to unwanted hair, and it can be used on virtually any part of body. For longer-term hair removal, we offer two options. One uses the Starlux device, and the other uses the Mediostar.
They both work on the principle of emitting light energy in short, pulsing bursts. When this light energy is absorbed into the hair pigment—or melanin—it damages the hair follicles and, ultimately destroys the root, so that the hair does not grow back.
The differences primarily lie in:
The Starlux is actually an IPL, not a laser. IPL stands for “intense pulsed light,” and the device can be used for not only hair removal but a number of other conditions as well, such as uneven pigmentation, broken capillaries and acne.
Our skin contains chromophores, which is the chemical that absorbs light and produces color in our skin. Different colors have different wavelengths, and IPL emits a variety of wavelengths of energy, and so is absorbed by different colors.
Lasers are used for many different types of medical and cosmetic purposes. They are typically “monochromatic.” This means that they emit only one wavelength, and practitioners select the wavelength appropriate to what the laser will be used for.
The Mediostar, while a true laser, utilizes additional technology to produce results. There are several models, offering various benefits but, basically, it delivers two different wavelengths of energy, rather than the single wavelength of other lasers or the broad spectrum found with an IPL device. It can safely be used on darker skin colors.
When the bursts of energy are applied to various areas of the skin, they are absorbed by the chromophores. This causes the chromophores to heat up, and it is this heat that damages or destroys them. IPL is less suited to darker skin colors.
Both techniques require four to eight treatments, with a wait of approximately four weeks between treatments.
The follicles that have been damaged or destroyed will not grow back. However, regeneration is a normal process for the body, and new follicles will grow. Depending on a number of factors, you may need to repeat either treatment within 6 to 12 months.
Both techniques have built-in skin-cooling systems to relieve any discomfort as the IPL or laser device is moved across the treatment area.
Both techniques are quite safe for most people, however, the following may indicate that you are not a candidate for either one. Note that some situations may just be current and do not preclude you from having the treatment at a later time.
The technical information distinguishing the Starlux from the Mediostar is provided here so that you are on your way to understanding the principles and differences behind IPL and laser hair removal and becoming a well-informed patient.
While offering you a luxurious environment in which to have any of the treatments we offer, along with a warm, caring atmosphere in which you can feel comfortable, safe and secure, it is very important to the La Fontaine team that you are educated in any procedure you will be having performed. This enables you to better participate in your care and achieve the best possible results.
We at La Fontaine are highly experienced in the utilization of both techniques, Dr. Oleszek and his laser certified technician will make a personalized treatment plan for you, after a thorough evaluation of the information gathered during your one-on-one consultation so as to achieve the best results in laser hair removal Denver has to offer. Call us today to schedule an appointment to get started on your treatments.
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