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9 months & counting and the truth about hair removal laser

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Hello there!

I finally found some alone time to do this 🙂

My name is Dr Abby Ousman and i am an aesthetic physician. Nice to meet you.

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This is officially my first blog entry eversince Dr Abby Clinic first opened its doors in October 2013.

Believe it or not June 2014 marks approximately 9 months of the clinic being in operation. How time flies!

Thank you to all our valued clientele for giving us such never ending support. We truly appreciate it!

This first blog entry is specially to announce the arrival of our latest world class laser – the GENTLE YAG LASER – by a renowned aesthetic device manufacturer Candela.

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Now i know many of my clients have been waiting for this laser and i’d like to share with you readers out there, what this laser can do.
Gentle YAG laser is a USFDA approved laser to treat 3 issues: Hair removal, Skin tightening & rejuvenation, Fine veins removal.

The laser is no stranger to me as i have been operating it since 2010.
In fact its one of my favorite medical aesthetic device.

The special thing about this laser apart from it being multipurpose is, it is safe for all skin types.
Yes even the darkest skin type can have this treatment done effectively and safely.

This laser is called ‘GENTLE’ Yag (pronounced as in ‘bag’) because it has integrated DCD cooling which means, during every shot of laser that comes out, there will be a cooling cryogen spray hence the heat from laser is greatly reduced…resulting in more comfort during treatment!

This blog will focus on the laser capability in doing permanent hair removal. I shall talk about the other two functions in the next blog entry.

Now im sure many of you out there wonder what is the difference between Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal vs Laser Hair Removal.

This is also one of the most popular question i get during consultations.

First of all as the name sounds, IPL utilises broad band ‘light’ energy. It does not permanently destroy the hair follicle but merely cause temporary cessation of growth, while LASER is an acronym which stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
The Gentle YAG laser produces an intense, highly directional beam of light with a specific wavelength that targets melanin content in the hair follicle and permanently destroys them, without destroying the surrounding tissues.

IPL imposes higher risk of burns and hyperpigmentation in tanned or dark skinned individuals. While Gentle YAG laser is FDA cleared for all skin types, even African skin. There are hundreds of IPL devices out there, some has lower safety profile than others. So know your IPL device and who is operating it.

Do know that beauty salons can only operate IPL, and lasers should only be operated by certified and trained doctors (or nurses) in licensed medical clinics.

However both IPL and laser only work for black or brown (pigmented hairs). But not for blond, white or grey hairs.

The next most popular question I get asked is ‘How permanent is permanent?’ or ‘Why laser hair removal is not 100% permanent?’

I do not claim ‘100% permanent hair removal’ but ‘rather up to 95% permanent hair reduction’, reason being is the way that hair grows on our body.

Laser hair growth cycles have an affect on how permanent laser hair removal can be.

Our hair is present in 3 different stages – ANAGEN (growing stage) , CATAGEN (transition stage), TELOGEN (resting stage).

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ANAGEN PHASE

Your hair grows around half an inch a month, and faster in the summer than in winter. The growth phase, or anagen phase, lasts an average of 3-5 years, so a full-length hair averages 18 to 30 inches. The anagen phase is generally longer in Asians, and can last as much as 7 years with hair being able to grow to 1 metre.

CATAGEN PHASE

At the end of the anagen phase, your hair enters the catagen phase. A short transitional phase that lasts approximately 10 days.

TELOGEN PHASE

Lastly, your hair enters the telogen phase, a resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. The follicle then remains inactive for 3 months and the whole process is repeated.

Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different times, otherwise all your hair would fall out at once. Instead, you only shed a certain number of hairs a day – up to 80 hairs on a healthy head of hair.

On average at any given time, 85-90% of hair is in the Anagen phase, 1% in the Catagen phase and 10 to 15% in the Telogen phase.

So what does all of this mean to you?

The laser can only target the hair in the Anagen stage because it contains the melanin that the laser light absorbs and kills.

Hence you’d require more than one session to achieve up to >90% permanent reduction of hairs.

This is the precise reason why laser hair removal is not 100% permanent and has nothing to do with the IPL/Laser machine.

So depending on the type of hair you have for example if you have very thick, coarse hair, you will notice an approximate 85 to 90% reduction of hair growth.

However, anyone with fine hair (like fine women upper lips hair) will only see a reduction of approximately 45% to 60%.

In my experience, laser hair removal seems to be more effective for men than women because women are predisposed to grow new and more hair on their face as they get older. This can be caused by changes in hormones, menopause and medication.

However, women’s bikini, underarms or legs usually result in 95% permanent reduction because women are predisposed to eventually lose hair in these areas.

Six to eight laser hair removal sessions are generally required to achieve the best results for both men and women.

Sometimes up to 10-12 sessions in an area of highly dense of hair distribution, like mens thick beard or private parts.

Interval of laser should be once every 4-6 weeks for facial hairs, and once every 6-12 weeks for body hairs.

Our price starts from RM 200 (upper lips), depends on the facial or body areas and how many sessions you take up.

We have a special buy 5 free 1 session package which entitles you to better savings.

We have such an elaborate and extensive categories of pricing, right up from intrusive hair line (baby hairs) to bikini line or brazilian hair removal down to your fingertoes.

Pricing wise, IPL is pretty competitive (could be even higher depending on location) but laser ultimately gives a more permanent and obvious result with less number of sessions required. So why not laser?!

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment.
That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.

For the month of June we are currently having special buy 1 package get 50% off for the second package, so call the clinic to schedule a session now and hair free days are here to stay! Especially those who are going for a beach trip or getting married, or simply just lazy to shave!

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This article was written by Dr Abby Ousman

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