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Laser hair removal  


Laser hair removal is the most effective treatment we have today to reduce unwanted hairs in certain areas.

The Alexandrite laser is ideal for lighter types, while the Nd: YAG laser is the only laser to be used in dark skin types. The laser light passes through the skin to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed and converted into heat. This heating causes the destruction of the hair follicle and thus the reduction of hair growth in this zone.

Laser hair removal only works on pigmented hair and does not affect white, light blonde or red hair. In addition, it only works on hair that is in the growth phase of the hair cycle. Only about 80% of our hair is actively in growing phase, while the other hairs are in a resting phase. It is therefore necessary to treat several times to obtain good results. On average, 4 to 6 sessions are required, with a time interval between sessions ranging from 4 to 8 weeks,

depending on the body zone.

In most areas permanent laser hair removal works very well and the hair does not grow back anymore. 

In areas where hair growth has a hormonal influence (most commonly face in women, back in man) it can be more difficult to depilate permanently as new hairs will continuously be formed. Nevertheless, it can be useful to reduce density and thickness, but maintenance treatments have to be considered.

It is important not to pluck the hair with tweezers or wax it from 4 weeks before the treatment,

because the presence of the hair root is required for the treatment to be effective enough.

We ask that you shave the area 1-2 days before your appointment, such that a short 1-2 mm hair is present at the

time of treatment. The treatment is uncomfortable but not painful. During the treatment, cold air is used to

cool the skin and make the treatment as comfortable as possible.After the treatment, the skin may be

slightly red and the hair follicles may be swollen for a day or two. A soothing cream will be applied.

An alternative to laser hair removal is laser hair bleaching. The laser temporarily removes the pigment in the hair shaft and root, without destroying the hairs. It is an easy way to diminish the visibility of dark hairs on forearms or in the face for instance. The pigment return after a few months so we recommend this treatment before summer,

or when no laser hair removal can be done.

Laser hair removal & bleaching DERMATOLOGY CENTRE Dr. Cathy Dierckxsens Brussels is specialised in cosmetic procedures and lasers treatments for face and body. For medical dermatology the practice is specialised in medical laser treatments, mole- and skin cancer screening and in surgical dermatology. Dermatology Centre Avenue des Nerviens 41, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium +32 (0) 2 735 94 42
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