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    Yes, You Can Do Laser Hair Removal In Summer

    The new permanent hair removal devices reduce the time that sun exposure should be avoided and expand the range of skins in which it demonstrates efficacy.

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    If you have approached to inform yourself about the laser hair removal, or you are undergoing it, surely you have encountered several recommendations and limitations. Namely: the skin cannot be tanned, do not sunbathe the next two weeks, do not play sports the day of the session.

    And, of course, go through the clinic between October and May. Summer and permanent hair removal have not traditionally gotten along, especially because of the side effects that the sun can produce after the session."

    The conventional laser generates high thermal tips on the skin causing an aggression that needs a recovery period prior to sun exposure," explains Carmen Díaz, manager of the Germaine de Capuccini de Goya aesthetic center. "Radiation can cause spots on damaged skin." The recommendation: wait 15 days.


    Nor can tan or dark skin undergo this type of laser. "To remove hair, selective photothermolysis occurs in the pigmented structures of the hair follicle, responsible for hair generation," says Dr. Josefina Royo, director of the Laser Medical Institute  (IML).

    “Tanned skins and very dark phototypes could absorb some of that energy. As a result, strength is lost to incapacitate the follicle and a temporary thermal injury to the skin occurs.”

    Hair color also reduces laser capacity. The white hair has no color (which is the element that attacks each shot) and the fine blond has little pigmentary charge. "It does not capture enough energy to reach the photocoagulation temperature that ends it," says Royo. The redhead also resists. "The person responsible for this tone is pheomelanin, different from the eumelanin of the brown or brown patient."

    Goodbye to (almost) all limitations

    However, the new generation of devices eliminates most of the borders that this hair removal has set so far. The hair still resists. “All laser technology has a chromatic foundation. They work by emitting a coherent and monochromatic light that has an appetite for being absorbed by a (dark) color, ”says Royo. Therefore, blondes, albinos and redheads cannot opt ​​for it. Not even artificially. “We have tried to artificially pigment the follicular structures. Even so, the depilatory result was poor. ”

    Summer, however, has ceased to be an obstacle

    "Soprano lasers act with a new medical principle called progressive photothermolysis, consisting of a warm-up maintained at a low temperature, there is no aggression on the skin and therefore the sun can be taken a day after the session," says Diaz. Dr. Royo would extend it between 48 and 72 hours. "Once the inflammatory component has disappeared, the patient can start sun exposure without problem."

    Tanned skins and phototypes V and VI can also be shaved with these lasers. And this is achieved by regulating the wavelengths that are applied, according to the tone of the complexion and the hair. "To be understood, Alexandrite is used for thin hair and light skin, the Diode for thicker hair and dark or tanned skin, and Neodymium-Yag for deeper hair and black skin," Diaz reels.

    In Germaine de Capuccini they have Soprano Platinum, a machine that applies the three waves simultaneously at each shot. "A hair removal is achieved that covers all possible skin and hair causes." From IML stand out one of theirs, the superdiode (Vectus). "Being a diode, its pulse profile harnesses the energy in more depth, penetrates more and does not tend to remain in the tan."

    What to do before, after and during treatment?

    As for what should be avoided before a laser session, the precautions do not vary, avoiding tanning. "The skin must be healthy, photosensitizing medication must not have been ingested and retinoic acid must not have been taken the previous two months," Royo said.

    After depilation, sun exposure should be avoided for one to three days and not wear tight clothing immediately after. Royo recommends "apply a skin solution in the form of a cream or gel containing aloe vera and chamomile to accelerate the normalization of the skin." If the treated area is exposed, Díaz opts to protect it with a 50+ factor.

    During the process towards permanent hair removal, the interval between sessions also remains similar to the classic. "It will be two months in the first and will increase depending on hair growth," says Diaz.

    Thus, as Royo points out, more hair follicles are activated and more hair can be destroyed. And, in all cases, those known as review sessions should be given every 6 to 12 months. “Sleeping follicles cannot be removed. When stimulated, additional hair removal will be necessary for that new hair,” Diaz warns.

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