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Palomar Vectus™ Laser
The Vectus™ Laser is the intelligent choice for fast laser hair removal. A dedicated solution for high-volume hair removal, the Vectus laser uses optimized technology to provide fast, uniform, permanent hair reduction for the widest range of skin and hair types - without sacrificing comfort.
The Vectus Laser is the product of Palomar's unequaled experience in developing superior hair removal technologies, empowering the aesthetic provider with intelligent features that optimize hair removal treatments.
Featuring the largest spot size and most uniform beam profile available today, the Vectus laser allows providers to quickly treat unwanted hair, even in the largest areas such as a back, in less than five minutes.
Sapphire treatment tips with Advanced Contact CoolingSM help protect the epidermis and help keep clients comfortable throughout treatment, while Photon RecyclingSM and the uniform beam profile allow for the most thorough coagulation of hair follicles - reducing the need for multiple, overlapping passes. The Vectus Laser features the integrated Skintel™ Melanin Reader™, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, helping providers to more safely offer optimized hair removal treatments tailored to each client's skin type, lifestyle, and ethnicity.
Palomar has led the field of permanent hair reduction - from receiving the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for laser hair removal in 1997, through developing the best-selling hair removal laser, to advancing the science of hair removal technology with the next-generation Palomar Vectus Laser.
For the practice that wants to offer additional popular aesthetic treatments through one cost-effective system, the Palomar Icon™ Laser and Optimized Light™ Platform includes options for permanent hair reduction in addition to other popular energy-based cosmetic treatments.
Skintel™ Melanin Reader™
The Skintel™ Melanin Reader™ provides an additional element of treatment confidence by determining the average melanin density of skin, in a quantitative manner, prior to energy-based aesthetic treatment - such as hair removal or skin renewal. Understanding how much melanin is in the skin helps the aesthetic professional to better choose the treatment settings on Palomar systems for enhanced treatment outcomes, while minimizing risk of over treatment.
For use with the Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System and the Vectus™ Laser, the Skintel™ reader aids the treatment process by providing suggested test spot settings based on the individual's Melanin Index value.
Until now, aesthetic treatment providers have primarily relied on fairly subjective tools to determine a client's skin type - including the traditional Fitzpatrick Skin Type evaluation, observations of the client's skin, and the client's account of recent sun exposure.
The Skintel™ Melanin Reader™, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, now offers practitioners a quantitative method of measuring melanin content for better treatment guidance and an added element of confidence.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
Why Laser Hair Removal?
Some people find their unwanted hair so embarrassing and inconvenient that it compromises their happiness. Today's culture laughs at the look of unsightly body hair on parts of the body that make it seem out of place. Many men have been ridiculed for the hair on their backs, and women for hair under their armpits. For a long time, shaving and waxing were the best alternative to avoid unwanted body hair. Many men and women find they have to shave on a daily basis in order to maintain a groomed look. If long-lasting hair removal is your goal, this method is not for you. Waxing is a more barbaric form of dealing with unwanted body hair, and it can also be messy, difficult to get consistent results, and you must be careful to avoid infections. Laser hair removal is the most state-of-the-art and high-tech method in removing unwanted hair for longer and even indefinite periods of time. It is the only proven method available for easily removing hair from large areas of the body including the back, chest, legs and face. Laser hair removal is effective, precise and cost efficient.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
If you're interested in laser hair removal, it's important, as a first step, to learn how it works. Laser hair removal technology is the use of an invisible beam of light and a constant source of heat that penetrates the hair follicle, disabling and then destroying it at its root while preserving the surrounding skin.
The procedure of removing unwanted hair is simply targeting the follicle and then directing the laser beam at its root. The hair removal process begins as the laser beam finds the hair follicle that it is targeting by first finding the melanin (the dark color of the hair).
Who Can Benefit From Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal works on all skin types but hair that is red or grey in color is almost impossible to treat. Check to see if laser hair removal is right for you
Are There Any Problems With Laser Hair Removal?
Unlike other hair removal methods such as electrolysis, waxing and, of course, shaving, laser hair removal is the most state-of-the-art and high-tech method in removing unwanted hair for longer (and even indefinite) periods of time. It is the only proven method available for easily removing hair from mass areas of the body including back, chest, legs and face. Laser hair removal is effective, precise and cost efficient.
The laser simply and directly pinpoints the root of the hair and removes it from the body. Although the process is precise and beneficial, i t can be irritating to the skin - therefore it is important that numbing cream is applied to the area, and a cooling device is utilized throughout the procedure for comfort. These cooling systems also prevent the laser beam from causing harm or discomfort to the surrounding skin.
What Are The Types of Lasers Used For Hair Removal?
There are currently four types of lasers for hair removal:
Alexandrite - The Alexandrite laser has a shorter wavelength system compared to other types of lasers and works quickly. It is best for light skinned individuals because it can lighten the pigment of dark skin.
Ruby - such as the EpiTouch or Epilaser: The Ruby laser is the oldest type of laser used in hair removal. It is best for people with light or fine hair and fair skin. Compared to newer lasers, the Ruby covers a smaller area and can be more time-consuming.
Diode - The Diode laser has a longer wavelength of light compared to the Alexandrite or Ruby. The Diode penetrates into the hair follicle without causing as much epidermal injury as lasers with shorter wave lengths. The Diode laser has a fast repetition rate, meaning it can treat large areas of the body quickly.
ND and LP Yag- The ND and LD ND Yag laser has the longest wavelength and is therefore capable of treating all skin pigments. This laser can be used to treat a large area quickly.
Each of these lasers has been FDA-approved for laser hair removal. They are proven effective, fast and safe methods for successful hair removal and permanent hair reduction. Your dermatologist will select which laser is appropriate for your hair and skin type as well as the amount of hair you wish to remove. Compared to shaving or waxing, all four types of lasers for hair removal provide longer lasting results with less frequent maintenance.
What to Expect During and After Treatment
It's comforting to know what you'll experience during and after your laser hair treatment sessions. During laser hair removal, you'll wear goggles so your eyes won't be exposed to light from the laser. At first, you will likely feel a stinging sensation, indicating that the laser has been activated. The treatment involves a series of impulses that cause prickling and a slight burning sensation. Your clinician may also apply a topical anesthetic to the area being treated to minimize discomfort, but most people can tolerate the procedure without it. Some people have likened the feeling to that of a rubber band snapping against your skin. You might also detect the smell of singed hair, which is nothing to worry about.
The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on the work you are having done. The smaller the area, the less time is involved, whereas a larger area, such as the back, may require several hours. After laser hair removal, you may experience brief swelling and redness. Some people feel stinging and you may also experience a slight crusting of the skin. If the latter occurs, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) should be used to moisten the affected area. Typically, most people don't have much redness at all. Don't expect, however, that all the hair will fall out right away - it may take as long as two weeks after treatment.
For the most part, you can return to your normal routine immediately, though you should avoid direct sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen with a high SPF. Some doctors also advise that you avoid exercise and strenuous activity for the first 24 hours so as not to perspire and cause increased irritation. You should continue to avoid direct sun exposure and tanning booths for several weeks after treatment. Be careful when touching the treated areas: don't wax or pluck hairs, pick at the skin, or rub or scrub it. A gentle washing with soap and water is perfectly fine.
The initial Laser Hair Removal preparations can begin weeks before the first treatment takes place. These steps often involve preparing your skin and unwanted hair to make them more conducive to laser treatments.
If you normally wax, tweeze, use depilatories or bleach your unwanted hair, these methods should be discontinued 4-5 weeks prior to laser treatment. Shaving is recommended instead. This is mainly a precaution to ensure that the hair removal process is completed efficiently and correctly.
Lasers are attracted to melanin in hair and skin, so if you have tanned skin or regularly apply tanning creams and lotions, these should be discontinued 4-5weeks in advance of your laser treatments.
This also means that patients should avoid sun exposure in the time leading up to laser hair removal sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) should be applied before any prolonged time outdoors. Sunburned skin should not be treated with laser procedure.
Within 24 hours of your laser hair removal appointment, it's recommended that the chosen areas are shaved of all existing hair with the exception of the face. The facial hair should be visible. Shaving the treated areas allows the laser procedure to be completed efficiently, with less discomfort and/or pain during the hair removal process.
When you arrive for your hair removal appointment, you are expected to be ideally shaved and clean. Additional instructions would be to avoid applications of lotion, makeup, perfumes, and deodorant on the treatment day. Any substances on the skin surface during treatment can refract the laser's energy and interfere with the laser's effectiveness.
If you feel you have a low pain tolerance, an anesthetic cream may be applied 30-40 minutes to the treated skin for numbness. The numbing cream should be wiped off prior to laser hair removal procedure.
After session is over, you will likely notice that your skin appears red and somewhat irritated from the treatment. This is completely normal, and the best thing you can do at this time is to keep your skin well hydrated, protected from the sun, and free from excess irritation. Our center offers post-laser lotions that can help minimize redness and sensitivity for patients who desire it.
By following these basic guidelines for laser-treated skin, patients should be able to resume daily activities immediately post treatment. The tone and feel of treated skin should be back to normal within 1-5 days.
Usually treatments are spaced out 4-8 weeks apart depending on the body area and the hair cycle length for that area. For most body areas 4-6 weeks space is recommended between laser hair removal procedures, whereas others may require to wait at least 8-10 weeks. Typically the shedding of the treated hairs takes about 2 to 3 weeks. The hair should be allowed to fall out on their own and should not be manipulated. If you should have further questions please do not hesitate to ask our specialists. Free consultation is always available and strongly recommended.