It's no secret that laser hair removal has become one of the most popular laser treatments on the market. Laser hair removal has been around since the '90s, and we've seen leaps and bounds in technology innovations over the years. However, old technology continues to propagate laser hair removal myths that simply don't hold up anymore.
Keep reading to learn how new diode laser hair removal technology, like the Astanza ReSmooth (AKA the Asclepion MeDioStar NeXT), is breaking the rules and making this laser treatment more inclusive than ever.
Myth #1 - Laser hair removal is painful.
Contrary to popular belief, laser hair removal is not painful (at least not anymore). Previously, patients may have experienced a burning sensation or the feeling of a rubber band snapping against their skin during treatment. Now, patient comfort is a top priority with the help of the Astanza ReSmooth's SmoothPulse mode and contact cooling feature.
The SmoothPulse mode makes laser pulses almost unnoticeable, even for patients with more sensitive skin. Also, the contact cooling feature protects the topmost layer of the skin immediately before the light pulse. With ReSmooth contact cooling, the patient won't be able to feel most of the light pulses converted into heat to target the melanin found in hair.
Obsolete technology that doesn't employ SmoothPulse modes or proper cooling lends to the belief that laser hair removal is downright painful. Patients should always ask their laser hair removal practitioner what types of skin-cooling features their device uses before getting treated.
Myth #2 - Laser hair removal takes a long time.
Imagine how long it would take to paint a wall with a nail polish brush. That's what older laser hair removal technology is trying to do when they use small laser spot sizes to treat larger areas (or any area for that matter).
(This video features the ReSmooth Standard handpiece that uses a 1.4 cm2 spot size. Comparing the ReSmooth's XL-L handpiece with a 9.1 cm2 spot size to the Lumenis Lightsheer just wouldn't be fair.)
It might be appropriate to use a smaller spot size on the hair above the upper lip or in between eyebrows. However, older lasers like the Lumenis Lightsheer, that don't have additional spot size options, are limited to using the same tiny spot size on larger areas (legs, back, underarms, and more). Without proper spot sizes, a single laser hair removal treatment would take a long time to complete.
Lucky for patients and practitioners, the Astanza ReSmooth has six different spot sizes ranging from 1.0 cm2 to 9.1 cm2. With such a wide range of spot sizes, practitioners can treat any sized area quickly and efficiently. Read how the ReSmooth can treat an entire back in under five minutes.
Myth #3 - Laser hair removal doesn't work on darker skin.
Patients with darker skin tones have long thought that laser hair removal wasn't a viable option for them because the laser would cause hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin). Thanks to new technology, patients with darker skin tones can now receive laser hair removal treatments without the risk of altering their skin tone.
The Astanza ReSmooth's unique wavelengths allow practitioners to effectively and safely treat darker skin for laser hair removal. The 810 nm targets brown/dark hair tones, while 940 nm targets the vascularity of the hair follicle. Both wavelengths are safe to use on patients with darker skin tones because they have relatively low absorption rates of melanin. Read more on performing laser hair removal on darker skin types.
Keeping Up with Changes in Laser Hair Removal
According to ASDS, laser hair removal is the fourth most popular laser treatment patients receive. To keep up with this new influx of patients, it's no surprise that med spas, physicians, and other laser clinics are swapping their older technology for more competitive devices. With advanced features like SmoothPulse mode, contact cooling, and unique 940 nm and 810 nm, practitioners are now able to safely, effectively, and comfortably treat any patient for laser hair removal. Click here to find an Astanza ReSmooth laser hair removal provider near you. To learn more about how to grow your clinic with laser removal, click here or the link below.