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Laser Epilation


Laser epilation is the fastest and most healthy way of getting rid of unwanted hair. The wave length of the laser light employed in this method can be absorbed by the melanin pigment. Thanks to this process performed with a cooling system-equipped technique, the laser heat is transformed into a thermal form that directly eliminates the hair follicles without disturbing the skin.


Questions on Laser Epilation


What kinds of laser are employed in epilation treatment?
Laser lights employed for epilation purposes can be counted as alexandrite, ruby, diode and Ndyag. The names of these lights are associated with the wavelengths of the energy they emit. During the laser epilation, the laser energy passes through the skin until reaching the hair follicle. Laser induces a high thermal effect on the hair follicle and ensures the destruction of the follicle. As dark-colored and thick hair retains the heat better, epilation treatment of such hair form is more successful with laser light. Those with hair darker than the skin color can get successful outcomes in the shortest time with minimum adverse effects.
What is epilation and how does it impact on the hair?
The purpose in destroying the hair follicle with laser epilation is to apply selective heating, in other words burning out and destroying the cells in hair follicles. Absorbed by the hair follicle, this energy form transforms into heat and destroys the hair follicle so that the follicle cannot develop any further hair. Applied to the skin at millisecond intervals, the laser light passes through the skin without harming it and penetrates into the pigments at hair follicles. All laser epilation forms delay hair development so hair growth becomes weaker and infrequent. For the sake of a permanent laser epilation, the treatment is aimed at destroying the particular section of hair follicle called “papilla”. Development phase of hairs namely anagene, catagene and telogene prevailing during the moment of treatment is significant for the outcome. If hairs are at different developmental phases during the treatment, the desired outcome of the treatment is achieved after an average of 4-6 sessions. Duration and dosage of administering the laser light varies by the individual’s skin color and structure.

How long does a typical laser epilation session last?
The duration of the treatment varies by the site to be treated. While the average duration of the session is 1-5 minutes for moustache and chin area, treatment of all legs takes around 30-45 minutes. Session interval is 4-6 weeks.

Which bodily areas may receive laser epilation?
Almost all areas of the body may receive laser epilation treatment. Body hair distribution and volume in men and women is different. Fundamentally, the women complain of general excessive hair growth on any part of the body whereas the men are mainly pissed off by hair between eyebrows as well as hair over the cheekbone, on the back, neck, chest and nape. Each laser pulse destroys 25-30 hair follicles, so the duration of the treatment is fairly shortened.

How does laser light epilate?
Laser’s epilation mechanism: Applied to the skin in pulses at millisecond intervals, the laser light is absorbed by the melanin pigment in the hair, passes through the skin without harming the neighboring tissues and selectively concentrates on the hair follicle, creates a thermal energy there and destroys the follicle. After a couple of successive treatments, the treated site is fully cleared of hair. Starting from the very beginning session, you start to get rid of your hair

Can every skin color receive laser epilation treatment?
The most appropriate skin form for laser epilation treatment is the one having dark-colored hairs on a light-colored background. But with the state-of-the-art Alexandrite-type epilation devices, it is now possible to administer the treatment to every skin color including the dark skin colors. Laser epilation treatment can be applied at every season of the year, provided the skin is not tanned.

Is Laser epilation safe?
One of the most considerable technologic inventions of medicine, laser is showing a rapid evolution over the last 30-40 years and safely employed in myriad of fields ranging from ophthalmology to dentistry. One of these new areas of application is the laser epilation. Right dosage for the right patient secures a safe use. Laser’s use for epilation purposes does not give out any carcinogen or any chemical or radiation effect. The FDA (American Food and Drug Administration)-approved devices employed in our center are widely used as well in plenty of developed countries spanning from the States to England and Australia.

Energy produced by laser consists of a light with a particular wavelength. This light form safely passes through the skin and reaches the hair follicle, and does not leave any trace on the body. For instance the X-ray lights leave radiation residue in the body and may present risk if administered frequently. However, laser light leaves no residue in the body, so it is safe. It has no carcinogen effect. The reliability and effect of laser epilation treatment has been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997.

Does laser epilation treatment leave any trace?
After the laser epilation treatment, erythema may occur for a period of 5-10 minutes or sometimes half an hour. This is temporary. The risk of burns and then traces on the skin is every time possible for laser epilation devices deprived of a cooling system as the light is absorbed also by the melanin pigments on the top layer of the skin. As laser devices with cooling system do not allow the skin to cool down, the burn effect is reduced. Very rarely, a slight trace may be left but it totally fades out after some time. One of the most superiorities of alexandrite laser employed in Epiderm is that it leaves no permanent trace.

Who may receive laser epilation?
Every person with dark-colored hairs regardless of the gender of 12 years age or older may receive laser epilation. There are many epilation methods available in the market for unwanted and sometimes excessive body hairs. Among them, “Laser Epilation” is the most preferable one as it is painlessly applied and acts effectually. 

Perfect results are obtained in persons with light skin and dark hairs. However, with necessary dosage and period adjustments depending on the color of the skin and hair, the same results can be achieved. Nevertheless, no laser epilation treatment is applied to persons with colorless hair and black skin. This treatment may be administered to every person of 12 years age or older with dark hairs.

Is laser epilation treatment possible during pregnancy?
As we do not have clinical studies yet, no adverse impact has been reported, but we do not apply laser epilation during the initial 3-month period when the baby is formed.

How does the skin appear after the laser epilation treatment?
After the treatment, a temporary slight feel of burn like sunburn may appear on the skin but it fades out after a couple of hours.

Does laser epilation have any side effects? Any feel of pain during the treatment?
The laser epilation treatment does not have any permanent side effect. During the treatment, local slight swelling and erythema, indicating that the hair follicles are effected by the laser energy, may occur but fades out in a very short period of time. A slight pain may be felt during the treatment, but it may be minimized thanks to creams with anesthetic effect administered prior to the session.
Thanks to the CYNOSURE Apogee 5500 Elite laser epilation system, the most effectual and reliable dosage may be selected with sophisticated setting mechanisms and a painless, fast and comfortable epilation is ensured with the air-cooling system. 




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