Permanent hair removal is achieved through selective photothermolysis using hair removal lasers. The color of the hair is determined by the concentration and type of melanin (eumelanin for dark or black hair and pheomelanin for red or blonde hair). The sensitivity of hair follicles depends on their melanin type. Melanin is also the primary determinant of skin color. Only the melanin chromophore of the follicle, which absorbs certain wavelengths of visible light, is targeted and selectively destroyed during the selective photothermolysis process. Pulse duration should be equal to or smaller than the thermal relaxation time of the follicle, in order to minimize the damage to the adjacent tissues.
The laser alexandrite, the diode and the ILP are the most common types of lasers that are used for hair removal. The number of sessions required mostly depends on the phototype of the skin and the color and thickness of the hair. A certain degree of redness and swelling that lasts only a few hours is to be expected after each session. The frequent use of moisturizers is recommended, while sun exposure should be avoided.
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Dr. Varnalidis always discusses and explains each procedure step by step. He also offers extensive post-surgery advice and is here to answer any question you might have, so that a smooth recovery and the best functional and aesthetic outcome are achieved.
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