Laser Hair Removal
For years, women and men have subjected themselves to painful, expensive and inadequate methods of hair removal. Today, laser hair removal is a more viable alternative to shav¬ing, waxing and plucking than ever before. In fact, more than 1.3 million Americans underwent laser hair removal in 2008 due to its proven safety and effectiveness.
About the Lumenis LightSheer® DUET™ Laser
The LightSheer DUET offers two laser handpiece choices, depending on your needs. The High Speed LightSheer DUET is a laser that produces a larger beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, allowing the hair to absorb the light and heat up. As it heats up, the hair shaft and bulb are damaged which significantly impedes its ability to re-grow. And with the large spot size, the process treats numerous hair follicles simultaneously, making the treatment much faster than traditional laser hair removal alternatives.
The LightSheer High Speed handpiece uses breakthrough vacuum assisted technology in combination with diode laser light to allow rapid and comfortable treatment of large areas. A back or legs can now be treated in 15 to 20 minutes, without the need for topical numbing creams. Dermatology & Skin Care Associates is the only practice to offer this painless laser hair removal treatment in southwest Ohio!
The LightSheer DUET also offers your physician the gold standard LightSheer ET™ handpiece with ChillTip® cooling for smaller areas such as upper lip or chin. The LightSheer DUET allows Dr. Muennich to truly customize treatment for your hair type and skin type, including skin of color.
What can you expect?
Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments. This is because the laser works best when hairs are in an early growth stage (referred to as anagen), and all the hairs are not in this phase at the same time. Dependent on your skin and hair type, typically 5-7 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart are needed to achieve the desired results.
If you have tanned skin or have been exposed to a lot of sunlight, you may be asked to wait until the tan has subsided to begin treatment. Additionally, the treated area must be shaved close to the skin immediately prior to treatment - this can be done at home and we will assist in shaving the hard-to-reach areas in the office. Three weeks prior to treatment, patients are told not to use hair treatment products such as gels and waxes.
The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the procedure and the skin type. Side effects are rare and, if they do occur, are typically minor. They may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle, which are, in fact, positive clinical results and indicate that the follicle has responded to treatment. Most people return to normal activity right away.
Our practice is pleased to offer the High Speed LightSheer DUET for permanent hair reduction with exciting speed and amazing comfort. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Muennich to learn more about your treatment, possible side-effects and what results you can expect.