Laser Epilation
Permanent Epilation

According to social standards excessive hair growth in certain body areas is undesirable from cosmetic aspect. In case of women these areas are the following: bikini line, abdomen, face, shin, breasts and the armpit. In case of men these are the back, the neck and hands. Nowadays the most efficient method of depilation is the laser-guided method.
Laser epilation at the DRN Dermatology in Sopron
Laser epilation at the DRN Dermatology in Sopron
Turn back the
hands of time
In the DRN Aesthetic Laser Centre we perform depilation treatments with the Diode laser equipment manufactured by the world’s leading laser producer. Based on clinical data this is one of the most effective laser type in case of skin types /pale skin, dark hair/ which are characteristic to people of Central Europe.

How does laser radiation work? The special laser light penetrates the skin – not damaging the surrounding tissues – and it is selectively absorbed in only pigments /melanin/ found in hair bulbs. If the hair bulb rich in melanin (still growing) is irradiated with a destructive laser light of adequate intensity, the hair bulb will die and will not produce hair any more. Projected to one follicle this is what we call permanent depilation.

Why are more treatments necessary? The life cycle of follicles consists of three phases: growing phase (anagen), transient phase (catagen) and the dormant, resting phase (telogen). Significant melanin production is only in the growing phase, so this can be destructed easily with laser. The date and time of the treatment should be chosen accordingly to this, as this is the optimal period to perform the irradiation. During this anagen phase most follicles are active. As considering all hairs only one portion of the follicles are in this cycle, so multiple treatments are necessary to treat as much follicles in the anagen phase as possible with the follicle-destructive laser beam. This date can be different depending on body part sin question and it also vary individually.

For whom can laser depilation provide the best results? From the above mentioned facts it can be concluded that the laser radiation selectively absorbing in melanin can provide the best results in patients whose hair is dark so it conducts the energy easily to follicles (in such cases the hair contains lots of melanin), while paler skin does not absorb the energy. After solarium or sunbathing the darker the treated skin area is, the larger amount of radiation is absorbed by the surrounding skin tissues, so risk of a burn is increased, while the laser beam will not affect the hair. Due to this fact it is important that the treated skin surface should not be exposed to UV light a month before and during the therapy.

How is the first consult? In DRN Aesthetic Laser Centre our assistant will inform you in written and verbal form about the treatment. There might be cases when the laser depilation is not recommended, as no better aesthetic results can be expected from the treatment. In such cases we do not charge you for the consult. The following cases fall under the above mentioned category: depilation of a naevus, taking certain medications, internal medicinal diseases, red, grey or soft hair, dark skin, liability to developing cheloids, etc. Future patients fill in a questionnaire asking about previous diseases, recently taken medications, they get a price offer, then they sign an informed consent form and finally the skin test is performed in a small surface of the skin. After 10-15 minutes of waiting, based on the reaction given to the laser impact, it can be decided whether the treatment can be performed or not. If the answer is yes, an appointment is booked for the patient and the first treatment is performed. The intervention is supervised by a dermatologist-cosmetologist specialist and performed by a qualified assistant. The length of the intervention depends on which body part is treated (for example: armpit approx. 10-15 minutes, thigh, shin 1 hour). During the treatments patients lye on an adjustable bed, their eyes are covered with protective glasses. During the treatment family members are not allowed to be in the room. The treatment is usually associated with mild pain, but rarely stabbing-piercing pain can be experienced when the light is flashing. If a hair is too long, it absorbs lots of energy and not enough effective radiation will reach the follicle. If the hair is too short, the laser „will not find” it. Due to these facts it is the best if you come to the first treatment with one-two millimeters long shaved hair. Before the depilation treatment please avoid sun exposure, solarium and waxing for a month, and you should only use a razor or hair-removal creams for depilation. In summer always use sunscreen.

How many treatments are necessary and how much time should I wait between two treatments? Accordingly to the life-cycle of the hair follicles the frequency and the time between two sessions may vary depending on which body part needs to be treated. One course of depilation usually consists of 4-6 treatments. Treatment intervals are usually 1-3 months long. In DRN Aesthetic Laser Centre the assistant prepares an individual treatment plan based on relevant tables, consulting with the treating physician and the assistant makes your next appointment. Keeping the breaks between the treatments is essential from the aspect of results, so we ask you to keep the given treatment dates precisely.

What should we do after the depilation? After the treatment we need to cool the affected area using a body lotion. It should also be used for a couple of additional days at home. You should not go to solarium for two weeks from the last treatment.

What results can be expected? For instance: regarding the hair found on the back, shin, armpit or bikini line, after 4 treatments the results is considered to be excellent based on qualification from American scientific literature if 70-86% of the hair can be removed permanently within 9 months. These results can be achieved with our Lumenis Light Sheer device. Success of the treatment is proven even in case of ingrown hairs.

When do the results become visible? Patients tend to only recognize dramatic loss of hair. This can be experienced around the second-third treatment (in case of the armpit, shin, bikini line). The hairs which may grow out again will be thinner and lighter, then due to the repeated treatment they will fall out, so the hair becomes rarer. For whom is depilation not recommended? The treatment is contraindicated in case of any types of cancerous diseases, inflammation or drug-induced hyperpigmentation (brown spots), scarring and liability to developing red scars (cheloids). We do not perform depilation in birth-marks, in case of several solar lentigos, in case of children, pregnant women or presenting hormonal problems. It is not recommended for regular solarium-users and for those who have dark skin or grey, red or blonde hair.

What kind of side effects or complications may emerge? If we use too low energy the treatment will not be effective. If the energy is too high it may burn the skin. These can be avoided by performing a preliminary skin test. After the treatment redness of the skin may occur which will disappear after 1-3 days. Mild vesicle formation may develop in case of people whose skin is very sensitive, which will cease within 10 days. Mild pigmentation (brown spots) or depigmentation (white spots) develop very rarely and they might last longer, but they will eventually disappear without a trace. Our laser centre has the proper knowledge and professional experience to be able to choose the most ideal treatment and to achieve maximum results. But we cannot take responsibility for unexpected, individual reactions.

How do we do depilation during the time between the treatments? Do not use wax. You should only remove hairs with shaving or hair-removal creams.