LightSheer® DUET Laser Hair Removal
The LightSheer® DUET by Lumenis is the gold standard in laser hair removal. The high-speed DUET system offers several significant advances over previous laser systems. It uses innovative vacuum-assisted technology and a dramatically increased spot size which combine to make treatments faster and less painful, allowing us to treat larger areas such as the legs or back more quickly and comfortably. This innovative DUET laser technology eliminates the need for topical anesthetics and messy treatment gels for most treated areas. I t is one of the safest, most effective, and technologically advanced laser systems available, and can be used on most skin types, from fair to dark.
Virtually everyone has unwanted hair in some areas, including the face, underarms, bikini area and legs in women, and the neck or back in men. In the past, removing the hair, whether by shaving, plucking or waxing, was painful, time-consuming and/or messy, while only offering a temporary solution to a frustrating chronic problem. With the advanced technology of the LightSheer® DUET laser system, unwanted hair can be removed faster, reliably and affordably from most body areas.
How does it work?
The light emitted from the LightSheer® laser is selectively absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles, destroying them or impeding their growth. Since the hair must contain pigment for the laser to work, it is not effective in removing the fine blonde “baby” hair on the cheeks.
How many treatments are needed?
Since the laser light only targets hairs that are in an actively growing phase, several treatments at 4-8 week intervals are required to progressively eliminate new hairs that enter the growing phase. Many factors can affect the number of sessions required, including skin color, hair color and thickness, and hormones. In general, very fair skin and very dark hair respond the fastest to treatment. At Las Colinas Dermatology we offer laser hair removal in packages of up to 10 treatments. Most of the hair is removed or reduced in the first few treatments, while the last few of the 10 treatments are typically used for “stragglers”, or hairs that come into the growing phase later, in smaller numbers.
What should I expect?
Treatments may take 5-10 minutes (the upper lip or chin) to 20-30 minutes (entire legs or back) and in most cases cause minimal discomfort, requiring no topical anesthetic or treatment gel. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minimal, and may include mild redness or irritation.
When is the best time for treatment? What about sun exposure?
Complications from laser hair removal are rare, but their risk is increased in tanned skin, so Dr. Black recommends no sun exposure to the area to be treated for four weeks prior to treatment. Also, the laser-treated areas are more sensitive to sunlight for a few weeks, so a broad spectrum sunscreen is recommended at all times. Any areas that will be exposed to the sun regularly such as the face or legs should be treated in the fall, winter or spring, once the tan has faded.
Why should I have laser hair removal at Las Colinas Dermatology instead of a discount “laser center”?
As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Alison Black is a specialist in the treatment of skin, hair and nails. She is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the two premiere organizations that provide ongoing advanced education in laser procedures and dermatologic cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic and medical laser procedures are not an afterthought at Las Colinas Dermatology; rather they are an area of expertise Dr. Black, our nurse practitioner Brooke Smart and our staff are committed to and update our training for in an ongoing manner. Though advances in technology have made laser hair removal quick and relatively painless, it is still a medical procedure and Dr. Black, Brooke Smart and their staff have the experience, knowledge and training to provide you with the most up-to-date care and treatment.
Call Las Colinas Dermatology at 972.432.0300 and we will be glad to answer any questions and schedule a consultation to see how LightSheer® laser hair removal can reduce your time spent shaving and plucking unwanted hair.