Hair removal with the alexandrite laser: preparation, implementation and follow-up treatment
Three to four weeks before treatment, the skin should no longer be tanned. You should avoid intense sunbathing or going to the solarium for the last month before treatment. The reason for this is the working of the alexandrite laser, because the laser light can not penetrate strongly tanned skin. Instead of reaching the deeper hair follicles, the laser would heat the upper layers of the skin. Burns would be the result.
Epilation, waxing or plucking of the body parts to be treated needs to be stopped at the latest 4 weeks before the treatment. Depilatory creams are also to be avoided for this period. Immediately before hair removal, the affected area of the body is shaved. If it is a facial treatment, any existing make-up must completely removed.
For the implementation of permanent hair removal* no anesthesia is necessary. The laser has an integrated cooling system that soothes and protects the skin. Nevertheless, it can come to short-term redness through the laser action. However, these disappear after one or two days.
How long the treatment session lasts depends on the size of the part of the body to be treated. The permanent hair removal* in the upper lip area only takes about 10 minutes. Treating both legs, however, requires several sessions of an hour each.
What happens after the treatment?
Follow-up treatments are unavoidable in permanent laser hair removal*. This is due to the growth cycle of the hair. The growth cycle of the hair is divided into three sections: the growth phase, the transition phase and the resting phase.
For the laser treatment, only hair in the growth phase are to be treated, which affects only about 20 to 30 percent of the hair. The remainder is at the same time in another, untreatable phase. After about six to eight weeks, the phases alternate and another part of the hair roots is available for treatment. Until all hair or hair follicles are treated, therefore, several sessions are needed.