Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Women on average, spend over 1728 hours of their lifetime dealing with body hair. Save time, effort, pain and expense. Our next-generation laser hair reduction solutions set you free, whatever your hair or skin type.

Much like tonsils and wisdom teeth, body hair tends to be a bit of a bothersome legacy from the evolutionary process. For many women, it becomes a constant struggle to deal with unwanted body hair. Traditional depilatory methods such as shaving, waxing, halawa or tweezing provide temporary visual relief, but is only a matter of time before hair regrows, making hair removal a frequent and painful chore. In fact, studies show that the average woman will spend about 72 days of her life, and a considerable sum of money, dealing with body hair over and over again. (And that’s just the legs)

There’s the pain factor too. Although nicks, cuts and bruises can be reduced with care and skill, they are hard to avoid entirely.

Laser hair reduction has grown to be an attractive option in the quest for smooth, beautiful skin. In the right hands, it is a safe and effective procedure for all parts of the body; the upper lip, chin, back, legs, forearm, underarm, and bikini line being the most popular. Moreover, it saves a great deal of time and expense in the long run.

The mechanism of laser hair removal

Hair grows out of follicles, which are like the bulb of a flower. In laser hair reduction, a concentrated beam of light is absorbed by the dark pigment (melanin) in hair and turns into heat which travels down to the follicle and neutralises it. The hair shaft is destroyed and the follicle cannot grow hair again.

Now here’s something to take note of. Although laser hair reduction eliminates hair growth permanently and swiftly, it is not a magic wand that makes all body hair disappear in one go. It takes multiple sessions. Let’s go down to the root and understand why.

Hair goes through three different stages of growth. The first, or Anagen stage, is the active growth phase. The bulb, or bottom of the follicle, is attached to the dermal papilla which convey nutrients to the hair follicle. The second, or Catagen stage is a short transitional period in which the hair stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks in size, breaking away from the dermal papilla. The hair follicle begins to die. The last phase of the growth cycle is the Telogen or resting phase in which the remains of the hair bulb are inactive. The hair is eventually shed, usually through friction.

While hair in different stages coexist at any given time, laser zeroes in on the points of maximum pigmentation: hair which is in the Anagen (growth) stage. This hair also happens to be attached to the bulb of the hair follicle, providing a continuous pathway for the heat to get to where it should.

However, hair in the Catagen and Telegen phases does not attract the laser beam.

At any point of time, only about 20-40% of body hair is in the Anagen phase. So you would need repeat sessions to eliminate successive rounds of Anagen hair as they crop up. Generally speaking, this would mean 6 to 8 sessions spread out over a period of 12 months. The exact number of sessions would depend on hair and skin type as well as response to treatment. Sometimes, hormonal changes in the body, led by pregnancy or other reasons, can cause something called a paradoxical effect – where new hair grows in previously treated areas, calling for additional sessions.

How Laser Hair Reduction solutions work

As a rule, laser hair reduction has generally been perceived to work better on light skins with dark hair, as compared with other combinations. Because they function by targeting pigmentation, lasers can cause discomfort by impacting darker skin, while lighter hair on lighter skin can be hard for laser to “see” and act upon.

We have worked for years to innovate around these limitations and bring the benefits of faster, smoother and painless laser hair reduction to the entire spectrum of customers with various skin and hair types.

At the heart of the experience is the expertise of our dermatologist-therapist teams. They work closely with every customer to deliver a customised treatment crafted around the individual’s hair and skin type, using the latest US FDA approved technologies, systems and devices.

What you can look forward to

Depending on your skin and hair type, your dermatologist will recommend. Body hair can be a tricky adversary, coming up at various untreated spots at different times as it follows its own growth cycle. What’s most important is that you stay the course and go through the required number of sessions so that body hair can be rooted out altogether.  These would depend on skin colour, coarseness of hair, the area of the body being treated, gender and underlying health conditions. You can rely on your dermatologist to analyse all of these factors before drawing up a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

What About Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that removes unwanted hair by using a concentrated beam of light, called laser. a prior consultation with whom will help you understand whether this treatment is suitable for you. The specialist may suggest between two to six sittings of laser hair removal treatment for you. Laser targets the roots of your hair therefore you should stop plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before the treatment.

This treatment will delay hair growth for long periods, and when the hair does regrow, it should be significantly finer. You might require maintenance 

treatment for better and more effective results of laser hair removal. 

What is Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that is quite common for removing unwanted hair. This procedure uses highly focused beam of laser directed at those unwanted hair. It is quite commendable that this laser hair removing treatment can be performed on any part of the body that has unwanted hair.

On the other hand, the traditional methods like waxing, plucking, shaving etc. are largely specialized for a specific area of the body. This treatment can focus on a small patch of hair anywhere on your body and provide you with a long term solution for unwanted hair. 

Most commonly, people use laser hair removal to treat hair on their face, arms, underarms, chest, bikini line and legs. It is important to keep in mind that this method does not allow you to completely get rid of your hair. The new hair that grows will be finer and easier to maintain. Most patients experience near permanent loss of hair.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

In laser hair removal treatment, a concentrated laser beam directed at an area on your body with unwanted hair.

This emitting beam of concentrated light is absorbed by pigments i.e. melanin at the root of the hair.

The hair follicles are destroyed by the heat in such a way which therefore, limits future production of hair.

This does not permanently cut off hair growth.

It effectively slows down hair growth.

Some hair can grow back after some period of time but they become very fine and manageable and are in small quantity.

Repeating this treatment again will help you get rid of those hair as well.

This is why multiple sessions are recommended by the doctors to achieve desired results.

What Can You Expect During The Treatment?

Normally before the treatment, your hair are trimmed to just a few millimeter above the skin.

You can experience a little discomfort during the procedure which is why the targeted area is applied with a numbing cream to help with the sting caused by laser beam.

The doctor presses the hand held device to your skin at the targeted area.

The machine can also have a cooling gel to mitigate any potential side effects of the laser.

The laser machine that directs the beam is adjusted according to the colour, location and thickness of the hair being targeted.

The time required for the treatment depends on the area being treated.

A small area like upper lip can be treated in a few minutes while other bigger areas can take longer.

Preparation For Soft Light Laser Hair Removal?

It is a specialized treatment and should be handled by experts.

Prior to this treatment, you should discuss your expectations of this procedure with your doctor along with your medical history so that there are no problems going further.

There are other things that you can do to ensure the best treatment.

You should refrain from waxing or plucking six weeks before the procedure.

This procedure targets the roots and if you have removed the hair, there would not be any root for the laser to act on.

Therefore, you should let your hair grow for a few weeks.

You should also avoid sun exposure before and after the treatment as it can make your treatment ineffective.

Sultan Al Olama Medical provide the latest technology in laser Hair removal 

 1-Candela GentleMax Pro

Hair life cycle

Alexandrite & Nd:YAG laser wavelengths have high absorption on melanin, when laser is absorbed, the energy thermally damages bulge & bulb cells, these cells are responsible for hair growth and removing them prevents future hair regrowth.

The hair is rich in melanin & has a life cycle of 3 stages:

  • Anagen: this growing stage is the ideal target of laser hair removal, the hair is fully attached to the bulge & bulb cells which can be thermally damaged by burning the hair.

  • Catagen & Telogen: hair in this stage stops growing and is not attached to the bulge & bulb cells, hence burning hair by laser doesn't remove bulge & bulb cells. These cells can be removed once the hair cycle returns to anagen stage, which explains the need for multiple sessions.

  • Targeting melanin in hair

  • Hair removal lasers target melanin which is present in both hair & skin, hence a protection of skin from the thermal effect is needed. Hair removal lasers use different cooling technologies to cancel the thermal effect of laser & protect skin.

  • Candela's proprietary Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) cools the skin precisely & consistently in a way that prevents under-cooling of skin that may cause burns, and over-cooling that may leak to hair itself & affect results.

Hair removal efficacy

Efficacy of hair removal necessitates using a pulse duration shorter than the Thermal Relaxation Time (TRT) of hair, when achieved, the hair gains temperature faster than its losing it till it reaches the burning point.

The TRT of the hair depends on its size, smaller hairs have low TRT which needs low pulse duration to reach the burning point.

GentleMax Pro avails 3 msec, the lowest pulse duration in hair removal supported by the high protection by the patent DCD cooling, which makes it effective in thick & resistant thin hair.

2-Cynosure Elit Plus 

Effective Treatment for All Skin Types

With Elite+, you have the flexibility to customize treatments to encompass all skin types. Variable spot sizes and pulse durations make Elite+ the natural choice to accommodate a range of specific skincare conditions.

  • Deliver exceptional results across all skin types

  • Easily switch between wavelengths for different treatments within a single session

  • Air-cooling throughout treatments enhance patient comfort and satisfaction

  • Longer pulse durations of up to 300ms precisely match the energy delivered in concert with thermal relaxation time

3-SPLENDOR  X

The revolutionary square shape laser spot provides faster and uniform coverage of the treatment area, with larger spots penetrating deeper. no overlap, no burns and no retouching missed areas.

  • Deliver exceptional results across all skin types

  • Easily switch between wavelengths for different treatments within a single session



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