Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal


Photos courtesy of: Kyle Holmes, MD

A virtually pain-free diode laser hair removal machine

Laser hair removal is the #1 non-invasive aesthetics treatment available today with an estimated growth rate of 18%. With nearly 3.1 million laser hair removal treatments performed in 2006 alone, hair removal is a fantastic way to inject profit into your practice. While there are many methods to eliminate unwanted hair, very few can eliminate hair regrowth while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. And photoepilation is quickly becoming the most popular. Lasers and light sources use the principle of selective photothermolysis to eliminate hair and its potential regrowth without damaging the surrounding skin. During a laser hair removal treatment, light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft. This absorption raises the temperature of the hair follicle and thermally destroys the cells responsible for regrowth. The attributes of the light (wavelength, pulse duration and power) are chosen to ensure damage to these cells and not to the rest of the skin.

Alma Lasers provides you two great options for laser hair removal, both providing Alma's virtually painless hair removal technology. If your practice is looking to add laser hair removal along with several other aesthetic treatments, then the Harmony®XL's SHR handpiece is an ideal fit for your needs. If your business is looking for a dedicated laser hair removal machine, then the Soprano®XL with its SHR mode is ideal for your location. Either solution enables you to provide Alma's patient-friendly Pain-Free, Hair-Free hair removal procedures.

Technology in use

With HarmonyXL
To perform light-based hair removal with the HarmonyXL SHR handpiece, a large rectangular window emitting broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb.

The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises slowly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.

With SopranoXL
SopranoXL uses 810-nm diode laser technology, the gold standard in laser hair removal since its introduction in 1998. Unlike earlier systems, however, SopranoXL energy penetrates deep into the dermis (where the hair follicle is located) with high average power and a rapid 10 pulse-per-second repetition rate.

Using CW Pulse™ technology allows homogeneous distribution and more effective fluence to be delivered with improved patient comfort. The unique pulse structure of SopranoXL incorporates two discrete pulses. The first is a preheated long pulse that safely heats the tissue; the second short pulse effectively destroys the hair follicle and its surrounding vasculature.

Key advantages for physicians

  • IN-Motion™ technology - virtually painless laser hair removal without the use of anesthesia or numbing gels
  • Permanent hair reduction of all pigmented hair on all skin types, including tanned skin
  • Low cost of ownership with no disposables required

Key advantages for patients

  • Comfortable treatment with little to no irritation
  • Effective permanent reduction of hair
  • Minimal risk of side effects