Goals of permanent hair reduction and the technology used here at Oregon Coast Plastic Surgery:
The normal hair growth cycle is compromised of three stages: active growth- Anagen, transition- Catagen, and resting- Telogen. Hair follicles go through these cycles in a non-synchronized manner. Long-term hair removal has to affect hair in the active cycle of its growth, the “Anagen” phase. All long-term hair removal methods target hair at this stage.
Traditional methods of hair removal by laser or light energy rely on photo-thermolysis to achieve permanent hair reduction. Thermal damage to the follicle and to the hair growing structure must be sufficient for denaturizing, resulting in cessation of the normal hair growth cycle. Using traditional systems in order to achieve photothermolysis in hair removal, there must be sufficient light absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft in order to produce heat in the surrounding follicle. In instances where there is insufficient absorption of light, thermolysis cannot be achieved. This explains why poor target hair (low melanin concentration) is not successfully treated with traditional systems. At Oregon Coast Plastic Surgery, our system works by combining light and radio frequency (RF) current. By using two different energy sources to thermally damage the follicle, even follicles growing poor melanin target hair, such as grey, blonde, and red, may be effectively damaged and reduced. Since light/laser is just half the equation in our system’s technology, lower fluency or less optical energy is used as compared to traditional systems, which results in a direct correlation with reduced incidence of side effects and offers unparalleled efficacy in hair removal.
Permanent hair reduction means that when a follicle is thermally destroyed, it is not able to grow a terminal hair again. Because there are many millions of follicles that can potentially grow on the body, it is not realistic to expect that every single follicle in the treatment area will be disabled. Over several treatments with appropriate intervals, most follicles that cycle through hair growth will be affected and permanently disabled. The follicles that are dormant are not affected during these treatments, and it’s important to remember that the body can convert these inactive or dormant follicles to grow later in life as a result of many factors: hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, menopause, disease or medications, obesity, or idiopathic causes.
Since there is gradual and cumulative reduction with each treatment session, the hair density will decrease. When the hair does grow back in between treatments, there will be less of it, and it will be finer, lighter, and slower growing. We recommend 6-8 treatments scheduled every 6 weeks for optimal results.
Call us today to learn more about laser hair removal, or to schedule a free consult with nurse Bre. Don’t miss our June special on laser hair removal packages: Buy one area, get one area 50% off (of equal or lesser value. Treatment areas must be scheduled together.)