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Laser pubic hair - Brazilian cutDo you think a Brazilian can be a deal-breaker in a sexual relationship?

Things have changed in the genital grooming department, and some people feel that we have porn to thank for it. Sheila Jeffreys, the author of Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West, puts it bluntly when she says “the main reason women wax their genitals appears to be the desire to please the kind of partners who find the look of pornography and prostitution sexually exciting”.


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  • Filed under: LT | hair removal
  • OB/GYNs and Laser Hair Removal

    Some people wonder why OB/GYN practices offer LHR. Isn’t it the realm of plastic surgeons and dermatologists?

    For gynecologists laser hair removal is a natural transition and a perfect fit as they can perform these procedures in discrete areas of the female body in a comfortable setting of a medical office. Permanent reduction of hair in women care clinics also tends to be more affordable as these treatments are typically focused on small areas and can be combined with regular office visits.

    laser hair by OB/GYNs

    How does laser remove hair?

    Highly controlled flashes of laser beams are selectively absorbed by hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages and destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle- all without damaging surrounding tissue. Hair follicles are usually in different growth cycles at different times in relation to one another. Since the follicle must in active growth in order to be affected by the laser, several treatments spread over several months are required to assure the destruction of all hair follicles.

    Areas treated: bikini area, underarms, and face.


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  • YAG 1064 nm Lasers Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Devices
    Applications Hair Removal, Photorejuvenation, Skin Tightening, Active Acne treatment, Telangiectasias (spider veins), Rosacea, Sun & Age Spots, Pseudofolliculitis Barbae. Hair Removal, Photorejuvenation, Sun & Age Spots, Rosacea.
    Efficacy High power to dermis: more energy to follicles, vessels, collagen, sebaceous glands. High power absorption in epidermis: less energy to deep dermal structures.
    Comfort Less painful due to shorter pulse durations. Very painful due to tendency to super heat epidermal melanin. Skin cooling gels or equipment needed.
    Risk of Side Effects Safe on all Skin Types. Higher risk of burning skin; not recommended for use on skin types 4-6 or tanned skin because of pigmentary risk.
    Consumables Few or none. Frequent head replacements (on average after 30,000 pulses), filters and gels – annual cost $5,000-$10,000.

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  • A White Paper by David J. Friedman, MD

    I recently completed a clinical study of laser hair removal using the LightPod Neo, a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser from Aerolase. I was requested to conduct this study because I have a well established cosmetic dermatology practice in which I perform the laser treatments myself, and hair removal is a key area of my laser dermatology expertise.

    I became intrigued by this laser’s unique 0.65msec pulse duration, which is below the skin’s thermal relaxation time; this unique feature negates the need for skin cooling during treatment that is common with other systems, and it allows for treatment that is virtually pain-free on any skin type. But the main question in my mind at the outset had to do with clinical efficacy: would this device have the capability of delivering long-term results?

    The parameters of the study, conducted during the Winter of 2006/2007, were as follows:

    • Total of 12 patients treated (11 females, 1 male)
    • Ages from 30 to 42
    • Skin types II through VI
    • Multiple anatomic sites: chin and neck, cheeks, upper lip, back, axillae

    Patients were treated without any form of cooling or application of gels or anesthetics, either before, during or after treatment, regardless of skin type. The laser delivered fluences that were appropriate for hair removal, causing hairs to singe and creating perifollicular edema as expected; transient erythema was observed in just a few instances and patients reported that the treatment pain ranged from painless to tolerable. Patients were treated monthly for a total # of treatment sessions ranging from 3 to 7, and they were followed to assess long-term results. The majority of patients reported >75% clearance; those treated 5 to 7 times reported 82% clearance on average and as high as 93%. These assessments were made, on average, 8.3 months after the patients’ final treatment sessions.

    This study demonstrates that, from the standpoint of clinical efficacy, the Neo has the ability to perform hair removal in a similar fashion to Nd:YAG 1064nm lasers that employ substantially longer pulse durations. This is true not only in terms of % hair clearance for a given number of treatment sessions but, of particular importance, in terms of long-term results. When combined with the other advantages of the 0.65msec pulse duration mentioned above – no skin cooling with virtually no treatment pain and the ability to safely treat any skin type – this makes the Neo a unique addition to the field of Nd:YAG lasers from a clinical performance standpoint.

    The physical characteristics of the LightPod Neo laser are also very unique.

    LightPod Neo - Nd:YAG 1064 nm portable aesthetic laser from Aerolase

    Due to its air-cooled emitter design, it is a compact and portable device, in marked contrast to large conventional water-cooled laser systems. The Neo design has eliminated the water circulating system as well as fiber optic cables common in other systems, which results in a highly affordable device that is essentially maintenance-free.

    In summary, the LightPod Neo offers a new and unique set of capabilities to laser hair removal, enabling it to be a foundation laser for a hair removal practice focusing on higher-profit facial, axilla and bikini treatment areas or an extension of an existing practice into treatment of darker skin types, pain-free performance and/or any practice where the laser’s compact size, portability or lack of required maintenance are deemed beneficial.

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  • For thousands of years, body hair has been viewed as a legacy from prehistoric times and as the expression of the wildly libidinous and animal tendencies of Homo sapiens. For many cultures, trimming, plucking and twirling out pubic hairs is just part of life.

    This article in San Francisco Sentinel is a vivid explanation of why laser hair removal is so popular and bound to remain the most desired laser procedure as more consumers become aware of this permanent hair reduction option.

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  • How Laser Hair Reduction Works

    Being bold is no longer embarrassing. Being hairy is. In the U.S., and more and more so in many other countries, women’s legs and underarms are expected to be hair free. A mustache, hairs on the chin and sideburns may seriously affect a girl’s life in high school. A hairy back may freak out many men in a locker room. It’s a hair free world!

    Shaving, waxing, plucking is a daily and boring routine, that costs tens of thousands of dollars over a life time. Electrolysis is more or less history due to pain and never-ending treatment sessions. Laser hair removal is the golden standard of hair therapy of the day. Chin, upper lip, cheeks and sideburns, underarms and bikini are the most popular areas for laser hair reduction.

    The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis of the hair follicle: the laser beam heats and distroys the dark matter (melanin) in the hair bud, while not heating the skin around it. The principle works great on dark hair, which has a lot of melanin, and light color skin, which does not have much pigment.

    Many light-based devices, lasers and IPLs, with wavelengths ranging from 300 to 900 nm, are very effective and safe for dark hair removal on light color and untanned skin. But what happens if you have dark or tanned skin with a lot of pigment?

    The laser does not know the difference between melanin in the hair follicle and melanin in your skin – and, you guessed it, – it will damage both, resulting in a loss of pigmentation (hypopigmentation) in your skin, blisters and, sometimes, permanent scarring. Does that mean that Asians, Latinos, Africans and even Norwegians permanently living in Florida cannot have laser hair removal? Is there a laser that will “know the difference between melanin in the hair follicle and melanin in the skin?

    The answer is a firm “yes’! Nd:YAG laser technology with 1064 nm wavelength is best for darker skinned individuals. If you come to a medical aesthetic practice, your physician should determine your skin type and choose the right laser modality for you. Beware of flight by night spa type facilities with IPLs, diode or Alexandrite lasers. If you have dark skin, make sure that your hair removal facility has a 1064 Nd:YAG. If the provider does not have a 1064 YAG but pushes a sale of another laser or IPL to you, you need to understand that this provider will have to use low energy (fluence) to avoid burns and hipopigmentation. This strategy will result in many more treatment sessions than you expect and potentially low percentage of hair reduction. As a side effect, your hair may weaken but develop resistance to further therapy, and you will end up with fuzzy baby hair, which will be impossible to remove by any laser.

    What about laser hair removal for blonde and grey hair?

    Use the question as a test of your provider knowledge of the business. If the answer is yes, you can turn around and leave. In laser hair removal, no pigment – no result. Period.


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