Laser Hair Removal is a type of medical treatment that incorporates the light and pulsation from advanced laser technology to remove unwanted hair. It has proven to be most effective on dark, coarse hair, especially for individuals with light skin tone. It works when the light transmitted through the beam of the laser passes through the skin and penetrates the hair follicle. Heat transferred from the laser damages the follicle, inhibiting natural growth. The laser light used in the 1064 ND YAG Laser is designed to target melanin or pigmentation. This is why it is easy to target dark hair on light skin.
Laser Hair Removal is not as effective on light-colored hair, but it is not impossible to perform. Laser Hair Removal is not recommended for individuals with dark colored skin because they are at higher risk for skin discoloration caused by the contact made to the surface of the skin when the laser is in use.
In addition to removing unwanted hair, this process can also be used as a treatment option for ingrown hairs or pilonidal cysts. Common areas for treatment include the chin, upper lip, pubic region, abdomen, and armpits.
The area that has been treated may be red or swollen for the first couple of hours following the treatment. The stinging sensation may linger for a couple of days, but most patients return to their normal activities following their session. For the first few weeks after treatment, it is best to avoid sun exposure. Final results differ from person to person. Hair targeted during the treatment should begin to shed within three weeks.
The Q-switch Laser by Quanta Lasers built in Italy utilizes specific wavelengths of lasers to target all colors of ink effectively. It is safe for all skin types without the complications of hypopigmentation, blisters or superficial burns. The laser vaporizes the ink, turning the liquid ink into microscopic solids which will be eliminated by the immune system and lymphatics of the patient. Multiple treatments are necessary for the complete removal of a tattoo, though some patients chose to lighten the tattoo for easier cover-up tattoos in the future.
The art of tattooing has been around for hundreds of years, and millions of individuals around the globe have experienced the excitement of getting a tattoo for the first time. Most individuals believe tattoos are small pieces of art that represent something significant, such as another person, object, or a memorable event in their life. Getting a tattoo is a personal choice. Deciding to remove a tattoo is also a personal choice and one that Anew Laser M.D. takes very seriously. It doesn’t matter if a client is removing a name from a past relationship or fading a current tattoo to allow for a cover-up, we aim to deliver safe, comfortable, and effective tattoo removal.
Although there are other methods available for removing unwanted ink, Laser Tattoo Removal has proven to be the most effective method. Removing a tattoo with a laser has a decreased amount of risks in comparison to other tattoo removal methods. The procedure is non-invasive, and there is no downtime following each treatment. With high-tech laser technology designed to remove any color of ink from all skin types, the chance of scarring is minimal, and the results are breathtaking.
High-intensity laser lights penetrate areas of the skin that contain tattoo ink. The heat from the laser breaks up the pigment into smaller particles, which are naturally carried out of the body through the immune system. Each tattoo requires a different treatment process, and the number of sessions needed to remove the tattoo entirely is determined by five factors; the size, the color, the age, the location, and whether or not the tattoo was done by a professional or an amateur (stick and poke.) It can take anywhere from 3-15 sessions to remove a tattoo, but tattoos that contain dark colors, like black and blue, show immediate results because the color of the ink absorbs the light beams completely.
After each treatment has been completed, allow time for the treated area of skin to cool. During each session, a cooling device, known as the “Zimmer” will continuously blow cold air onto the surface to ease any discomfort. If the treated area of skin is not cooled entirely within a few minutes, and an ice pack can be used to lower the temperature. Exposure to the sun and tanning beds following each treatment is not recommended because the skin is in the process of healing, and harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays will further damage the surface, and cause the area to blister.
Different wavelengths of the laser will be employed to target the sebaceous glands of acne or the more superficial vascular and pigmented lesions. Vascular lesions like rosacea, telangiectasia and pigmented lesions like age spots and lentigo can be zapped away with the 532nm ND YAG laser.
Lasers being used to treat vascular lesions are capable of treating a variety of birthmarks, dilated vessels such as is seen after chronic sun exposure or in medical conditions such as rosacea, red noses, red cheeks, vascular growths such as hemangiomas, and some scars.
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