Laser produces an intense light energy beam. At different wavelengths this beam targets different skin structures. The Alexandrite laser targets hair follicle pigment. It destroys the hair follicle without causing any damage to the surrounding skin. Hair has a three-phase cycle of growth; the growing phase, dormancy phase, and resting phase. Growing hair is successfully removed by laser. At any given time, approximately 85 percent of hair is in the growing phase. A series of treatments will give best results for effective hair removal.
There are a number of lasers being marketed today. Most of them will reduce hair growth. Laboratory tests, as well as practical application, have revealed the Alexandrite laser is best. Reasons include:
• The Alexandrite laser target depth is the same as that of the hair follicle. It is therefore more effective at destroying the unwanted hair.
• The size of the hand piece means that Alexandrite lasers can treat an area five times that of other lasers. This results in faster treatment and a lower cost.
• Customer reviews state that Alexandrite laser treatment is much less painful that that of other lasers.
• Advanced computerised delivery systems ensure an effective and safe treatment.
Alexandrite hair removal is a very safe procedure, with an extremely rare rate of complications. The most noticeable reaction is the expected redness or very slight swelling, which will resolve after a few hours. Alexandrite laser hair removal procedures can be undertaken within a short window of opportunity, even during a lunch break. Qualified hair removalists are well trained to ensure safety without complications. Patients often feel no discomfort at all, or at worst a slightly hot stinging sensation during treatment.
An Alexandrite Candela GentleLase is medical grade, and has been purposefully developed for therapeutic use, arising from specifically dedicated research. Other older laser technologies have been adapted from alternative usages, and are not programmed for the same exacting results. Alexandrite lasers are more effective at melanin absorption compared to diode lasers. This in turn provides better energy transfer for optimum results.
Alexandrite is also proven to be more effective at removing thinner, finer hair over less treatment sessions. Candela GentleLase also incorporates a built-in cooling system to counteract the heating effects of laser. This guarantees the most comfortable treatment possible. It is designed for fine control by qualified operators, resulting in accurate and effective treatment.
Alexandrite lasers for dedicated hair removal use were cleared by the FDA in 1997, with many advances in the technology since then. Prior to this, plucking, waxing, shaving, and electrolysis were the only available methods for hair removal, with less than satisfactory results. Alexandrite lasers have now become the standard for removal and management of unwanted hair.
The large spot size and high repetition of Alexandrite lasers has resulted in it quickly usurping the role of the ruby laser. It is now the most widely utilised and fastest method. An entire back can be treated in less than thirty minutes. Alexandrite lasers are also much smaller than the outdated ruby type.
Alexandrite lasers can precisely control the amount of light they emit. They are the optimum tool in terms of energy levels, time, pulse duration, wavelength, active area, beam diameter, and line width. The end result is greater manoeuvrability and flexibility for the clinician and patient, resulting in a comfortable, timely, and effective treatment.