Tanning and Laser Hair Removal

In winter, the uptake in clients using tanning booths and sunless tanning products increases, putting patients at a higher risk for burns and scarring. Proper understanding and screening is necessary to prevent this.

As laser technology is becoming more advanced, lasers are becoming increasingly good at detecting and targeting unwanted hair. The Candela GentleLASE series is one of the most advanced on the market. Few other lasers are able to match its speed, efficacy and versatility. Its 755nm alexandrite laser is able to spot-target a larger surface area with more precision.

During the winter there is a noticeable increase in the number of women and men using self-tanner or visiting tanning salons to get a faux summer glow. The winter season is also when there is an increase in laser hair removal precisely due to the lack of sun. It is very important for laser technicians to be vigilant and ask clients if they have been exposed to tanning salons or self-tanner.

The reason for this is that self-tanning products darken the surface of the skin in the same way as normal tanning through UV rays. When the skin surface darkens, it creates a competing target for the light energy of the laser – with the other competing target being the colour in the hair. By darkening the surface of the skin, more laser energy will be absorbed at the skin’s surface rather than at the base (bulb) of the hair follicle. When too much light energy is absorbed at the surface of the skin, it creates unwanted heat which can then cause blisters or burns.

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Winter Skin Solutions: Laser Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation

Winter is the perfect time of year to start promoting skin solutions. Banish dry, winter skin with resurfacing treatments or remove unwanted hair during the season with the least exposure to sunlight.

With cold, windy days come dry, itchy skin and chapped lips. During the winter, patients should be encouraged undertake laser skin treatments and change their skin care routine. Many clinics find an uptake in laser procedures during the winter because of patients’ decreased exposure to natural sunlight.

Recognising the basic structure of skin will help to understand the effects of treatments and products on the skin’s biological functions. Skin is composed of three primary layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The outermost layer of the epidermis is the stratum corneum, providing a barrier against water loss and absorbing unwanted materials that come into contact with the skin. Exposure to natural elements such as low temperatures, indoor heating, low humidity, and harsh winds can disrupt the water moisture in the stratum corneum. The skin can then be further irritated by harsh soaps and prolonged, hot showers.

Skin rejuvenation treatments and laser hair removal procedures are ideal during this time of year because of the low exposure of clients to sunlight. During colder temperatures, patients are more likely to be covered-up and remain indoors, ensuring that treatments are safer and more effective with less exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays of sunlight.

Using the Palomar Cosmetic IPL system, skin rejuvenation procedures are able to remove the upper layers of skin and reveal fresh and healthy skin below. The Candela GentleLASE is an alexandrite laser that is one of the most effective on the market for targeting and removing unwanted hair. It becomes even more effective during winter, as skin becomes less tan and the contrast between the hair follicle and skin colour increases, thereby making it easier for the laser to effectively remove hair. The targeted laser tip is able to target melanin quickly, comfortably, and effectively.

Why Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

Laser and IPL treatment can remove fine lines and wrinkles, discolorations and irregularities by promoting the growth of healthy, new skin.

Lasers are good for more than just hair removal. The CandelaGentleLASE and IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy machines, such as the Palomar StarLux, are able to renew and treat skin disorders. The outer layer of facial skin is inevitability damaged by constant exposure to nature and external elements. However, just below the skin’s outer surface, there is fresh and healthy skin. Laser skin resurfacing quickly and safely reveals this new skin and encourages the growth new revitalized skin on the face.

Laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. They work by producing an intense beam of light in one direction. This beam is able to gently vaporize or ablate skin to improve wrinkles, scars, blemishes, and seal blood vessels. Broad spectrum, or IPL, has the ability to specifically treat blood vessels and pigmentation.

Laser resurfacing to improve cosmetic flaws such as wrinkles, acne scars, aging or sun-damaged skin is the latest scientific breakthrough in skin rejuvenation. The newest laser systems are extremely precise and selective, allowing treatment results and safety levels previously not available.

Laser resurfacing is able to treat all wrinkles, including static or dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles appear during certain facial expressions or movements, whereas static wrinkles will always be there. Laser skin rejuvenation is generally painless, however patients should always have a prior consultation to understand if the procedure is right for them and what their goals are following treatment.

It is very important for patients to seek out professional doctors or skin care professionals. Only professionals experienced in laser skin resurfacing should perform treatment. Credentials and training of staff should be on hand for all clients. Many clients may also request before and after photos of previous patients and a printed or digital photo album of previous patients is a good idea to keep in the office.

The Evolution of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has evolved to meet the growing demand for reducing unwanted body hair.

Hair removal is a lucrative and growing industry. According to Gillette, in 2002 men and women spent $8 billion on razor blades to remove unwanted hair in the United States. The average male spends more than one month of his lifetime shaving his beard and women spend hundreds of hours shaving away unwanted hairs. In general, women begin shaving at a slightly younger age than men, however they shave an area nine times as large.

Shaving has existed for thousands of years and technological advancements have meant that humans can speed up the hair removal process using precise laser technology. Today, laser hair removal is the third most popular nonsurgical medical procedure in the United States. In 1995 the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) approved the first laser hair removal device, the Nd:YAG. Similar to the Candela Gentle YAG, this device is primarily used for patients with darker skin because the light penetrates deeper into the dermis, lessening the chances of hyperpigmentation. In the early 2000’s many other lasers were cleared for use, including ruby, alexandrite and diode lasers. The Candela GentleLASE is Laseraid’s most advanced 755 nm alexandrite laser and has been proven to be highly effective in permanently reducing unwanted hair.

Comfort during laser hair removal has also evolved over time. Initially, comfort was a big issue and patients were often administered topical numbing creams. Today, there are cooling tips and attachments to ease any pain or discomfort during treatment. Laseraid offers the Zimmer Cryo Cooling tip as an attachment to all of its Candela Laser products. The Candela GentleLASE also offers a large 18mm spot size, ensuring that treatments can be finished in minutes instead of hours. Larger spot sizes are also more effective in reducing the amount of unwanted hair.