What it solves
Goodbye waxing, chemical creams and razors. Getting forever rid of superfluous hair is possible, thanks to permanent laser hair removal. The condition at its worst has a name: hypertrichosis, which means an exaggerated development of hair on the body. This can create acute aesthetic discomfort, especially in women. Furthermore, due to social conventions and contemporary habits, there are areas we regularly shave, sometimes with the accompanying undesirable effects of redness or burning, skin irritations and ingrown hairs.
Hypertrichosis is a distinct condition in which there is increased hairiness, with no areas of predilection. However, since hair is more abundant on men, this problem, by definition, generally affects women.
It differs from hirsutism, in which there is instead – above all in female subjects – an anomalous increase in male-type hairiness, i.e. in those areas where the presence of hair is characteristic in men (chin, upper lip, sideburns, chest, pubis, thighs).
The presence of hypertrichosis is almost absent in Asians, black people and Native Americans. It occurs less in northern European people, and is more common among the ethnic groups of the Mediterranean basin.
Causes of hypertrichosis
This condition can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life.
In the first case it may be due to genetic factors, including, on very rare occasions, Ambras syndrome, also called “werewolf syndrome”.
On the other hand, if hypertrichosis occurs in one phase of life, it is almost always linked to hormonal hyperactivity, in particular of hormones such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and glucocorticoids, and can be due to:
- medications (including monoxidil, cyclosporine, and systemic or topical corticosteroids);
- deficiency states (anorexia, undernutrition) and paraneoplastic syndromes;
- polycystic ovarian syndrome and metabolic diseases, which also often cause hirsutism and acne problems;
- traumatic brain injury;
- acrodynia (a form of mercury poisoning).
Furthermore, it can also occur in the case of repeated skin trauma or inflammation.
Depilation for man and woman
At Image Regenerative Clinic, hypertrichosis and hirsutism are treated first with the Alexandrite laser, which allows the doctor to focus the energy at the level of dark pigments and target the hair bulbs. This particular medical device uses an innovative technology that acts on growing hair. The Alexandrite laser beam (alexandrite being the mineral name), at 755 nanometers and diode, calibrated on a wavelength around 800 nm, guarantees permanent results, both by acting on the melanin hair contain, and by selectively and definitively destroying the follicle.
White hairs, on the other hand, are treated with the Timed procedure.
The areas most requested by women for permanent hair removal are legs, groin, armpits, arms and face, while permanent hair removal for men often concerns the back, ears, hands and feet.
Definitive hair removal is also highly appreciated by men, both for purely aesthetic reasons, in areas such as the back, the back of the neck and ears, as well as for sporting reasons. Not surprisingly, swimmers and body builders often request it for chest and legs as well.
For whom it is appropriate
Permanent epilation is indicated for anyone with superfluous hair on the face and body. Highly recommended for delicate areas such as groin, armpits, mustache and eyebrows. Recommended for those who don’t like waxing, razors and other hair removal methods.
Ideal for those suffering from pathologies related to the hair bulb, including irritative folliculitis and pilonidal cysts, or also in case of hypertrichosis.
From 16 years.
From 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the area to be treated.
Sessions and frequency
Approximately 3-4 sessions are required for the face, armpits and groin. 5-10 for arms, legs and back.
Do not expose yourself to the sun for the whole month before and after the session; at the same time, avoid waxing, tweezing and bleaching of the hair to be treated. During the session, wear the appropriate protective glasses the clinic provides.
Image team led by Prof. Carlo Tremolada performs the definitive laser hair removal in Milan.
You can view before and after photos of permanent laser hair removal at Image Regenerative Clinic. The material related to previously treated cases allows you to evaluate examples of results according to the different individual needs.
View the permanent laser hair removal prices in our prices page or fill out the form to request information.
Can you shave between laser hair removal sessions?
There is no specific advice not to shave between laser hair removal sessions, but it doesn't really make much sense as you remain hairless for a month and a half following treatment. If it is necessary to "adjust" the situation during the summer break, you can depilate with a razor blade, but not with wax or similar.
Are all hair removal lasers the same?
No, indeed, there is a wide range of lasers that are used for permanent hair removal. Alexandrite is the gold standard, but there is also YAG, another medical laser for dark phototypes. Furthermore, the treatment can be performed with aesthetic pulsed light (which is not even a laser, but a light). Finally, there is the diode laser, which, being in contact with the skin requires the application of a gel, and all the much less effective non-medical diodes and pulsed lights.
Can laser hair removal be done in every case?
Laser hair removal can only be performed when there is the right indication: in particular, the hair must be sufficiently dark (not blond, white or red) and the skin must not be of a dark phototype.
What is the minimum age to have laser hair removal?
The right age to start with laser hair removal treatment is after puberty. For minors, formal parental consent is required.