Effective, Gentle & Safe Hair Removal in Hammond, LA
Treat unwanted hair growth on all body areas including upper lip, cheeks, chin, neck, breasts, stomach, arms, shoulders, bikini area, legs and back. elōs is the first and only technology that uses combined energies to efficiently and gently remove hair of many colors and types from all skin tones. elōs is truly the next generation of safe and effective hair removal technology. Achieving beautiful, silky smooth skin is now easier than ever.
How does hair removal with elōs work?
Hair follicles are precisely targeted and destroyed using the revolutionary elōs combination of bi-polar radio frequency and light energies.
Is hair removal with elōs right for me?
Both men and women can achieve permanent hair reduction on almost all body areas. Only elōs is proven to remove lighter colored hair on all skin tones. To achieve a successful outcome on lighter hair colors, more treatments may be required compared to darker hair colors.
When can I expect to see results?
Hair growth is reduced after each treatment. The number of treatments required will be based on your hair color, hair type, body area and skin tone.
Does it hurt?
Cooling of the skin surface as well as constant measurement of the skin’s resistance ensures safety and comfort during treatment. This is a no-downtime procedure. Many patients return to normal activities immediately after treatment.
More About How elōs Works
Hair Growth Cycles
Long-term hair removal has to affect hair in the active cycle of its growth, namely in Anagen. All long-term epilating methods target hair at this stage; and since the growth cycle differs between body areas, each body area requires re-treatment at different time intervals to achieve maximum results.
The normal hair cycle is comprised of three stages: active growth – Anagen, transition – Catagen and resting – Telogen. Hair follicles go through these cycles in a non-synchronized manner.
It is important that patients understand the hair growth cycle in order to have realistic expectations
Goals of permanent hair reduction with elōs
Traditional methods of hair removal by laser or light source rely on photothermolysis to achieve permanent hair reduction. Thermal damage to the follicle and to the hair growing structure must be sufficient for denaturizing, resulting in cessation of the normal hair growth cycle.
Using traditional systems in order to achieve photothermolysis in hair removal, there must be sufficient light absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft in order to produce heat in the surrounding follicle. In instances where there is insufficient absorption of light, thermolysis cannot be achieved.
This explains why poor target hair (low melanin concentration) is not successfully treated with traditional systems. By combining both light and radio frequency (RF) current, the elōs Plus Motif HR applicator uses two different energy sources to thermally damage the follicle, even follicles growing poor melanin target hair such as grey, blonde and red.
Since light/laser is just half of the equation in elōs, lower fluence or less optical energy is used as compared to traditional systems. This has direct correlation with the reduced incidence of side effects using the elōs technology.
Bipolar RF follows the principles of electrical current. It has no interaction with melanin in the skin, which is why it can be applied to all skin types safely. In addition, the hair shaft has high electrical impedance and will “push” the RF towards the follicle.
The synergy between light and RF current results in unparalleled safety and efficacy in hair removal. This process has obvious advantages over traditional photothermolysis:
- Lower optical fluence used, resulting in reduced incidence and reduced severity of blistering, scabbing, crusting, hyper/hypopigmentation. It enables the safe treatment of light as well as dark and moderately tanned skin.
- Lower optical fluence results in little to no prolonged epidermal effects, such as redness and inflammation of epidermis – no downtime.
- Lower optical fluence often makes the treatment more comfortable than traditional lasers or light sources. Patients do not require topical anesthetics.
- RF is used to compensate for lower optical energy. Treatment is safe and comfortable without compromising efficacy.
- RF provides real-time tissue monitoring by measuring the impedance drop with each pulse emitted, which is inversely proportional to the increase of heat in the tissue, increasing the safety margin of the treatments.
- RF may be effective in treating hair with low melanin content, such as light or fine hair.
- Optical and RF energy combinations can be adjusted to all skin types, hair colors and body locations for optimal treatment.
Permanent hair reduction means that when a follicle is thermally destroyed it is not able to grow a terminal hair again.
Because there are many millions of follicles that can potentially grow on the body, it is not realistic to expect that every single follicle in the treatment area will be disabled.
Over several treatments with appropriate intervals, most of the follicles that cycle through hair growth will be affected by the elōs procedure and will be critically injured so they are permanently disabled.
The follicles that are dormant or of vellus hairs are not affected during these treatments.
It is important to remember that the body can convert these inactive or dormant follicles to grow later in life as a result of many factors: hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, menopause, disease or medications, obesity, or idiopathic causes. This is why there can be no guarantees or promises of “all the hair gone forever” from a certain area. Follicles are closely intertwined with the skin and body and respond to internal physiological changes.
Hirsutism, or hypertrichosis, can also affect cycling times and hair growth patterns. This should be identified when taking the medical history so that the patient can be counseled to have realistic expectations. These patients often require more treatments than average and have less predictable response to treatments than patients without hirsutism or hypertrichosis. Since there is gradual and cumulative reduction with each treatment session, the hair density (or number of follicles that are growing hair) should decrease.
The subjective assessment of how much reduction actually takes place is approximate at best and often inaccurate by many patients and clinicians alike. The actual percentage of reduction can only be calculated by performing hair density counts.
The simplest way to counsel a patient to have realistic expectations is: over several treatment sessions there will be less hair growth. This is a gradual and cumulative reduction. When hair does grow back between each of the treatments, there will be less of it, and it will be finer, lighter and slower growing.
Who should not use elōs?
Make sure to speak to your doctor about your medical history. Some people should not use elōs, depending on other medical conditions. These include:
- Pacemaker or internal defibrillator.
- Superficial metal or other implants in the treatment area.
- Current or history of skin cancer, or current condition of any other type of cancer, or pre-malignant moles.
- History of any kind of cancer.
- Severe concurrent conditions, such as cardiac disorders.
- Pregnancy and nursing.
- Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS and HIV, or use of immunosuppressive medications.
- Diseases which may be stimulated by light at the wavelengths used, such as history of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Porphyria, and Epilepsy.
- Patients with history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex in the treatment area, may be treated only following a prophylactic regimen.
- Poorly controlled endocrine disorders, such as Diabetes or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
- Any active condition in the treatment area, such as sores, Psoriasis, eczema, and rash.
- History of skin disorders, keloids, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry and fragile skin. History of bleeding coagulopathies, or use of anticoagulants with the exception of preventive low dose aspirin medication.
- Use of medications, herbs, food supplements, and vitamins known to induce photosensitivity to light exposure at the wavelengths used, such as Isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last six months, Tetracyclines, or St. John’s Wort within the last two weeks.
- Use of medications that may stimulate hair growth, such as Minoxidil.
- Facial laser resurfacing and deep chemical peeling within the last three months, if face is treated.
- Any surgical procedure in the treatment area within the last three months or before complete healing.
- Treating over tattoo or permanent makeup.
- Tanned skin from sun, tanning beds or tanning creams within the last two weeks.
- Electrolysis, waxing, and plucking within 6 weeks prior to treatment.
- As per the practitioner’s discretion, refrain from treating any condition which might make it unsafe for the patient.
Possible side effects
Although side effects are rare and expected to be temporary, any adverse reaction should be reported to your physician immediately. Side effects may include any of the conditions listed below.
Side effects may appear either at the time of treatment or shortly after. Some dark-skinned patients may have a delayed response one-to two days after treatment and should be evaluated post-test spot accordingly.
The side effects may include:
- Excessive skin redness (erythema) and/or swelling (edema).
- Damage to natural skin texture (crust, blister, burn).
- Change of pigmentation (hyper- and hypo-pigmentation).
Before treatment, your doctor will do the following to make sure you know exactly what will be involved in your procedure:
- Complete or update the patient’s medical and physical history.
- Exclude from treatment patients with contraindications for treatment.
- Determine why the patient is seeking treatment and what the expectations are.
- Inform the patient about the treatment protocol, typical treatment results and possible adverse effects and discomfort.
- Instruct the patient about the safety issues.
- Advise the patient to avoid skin irritation or intentional skin tanning. Sunscreen is advisable when outdoors during daylight hours.
- The patient should discontinue any irritant topical agents for 2-3 days prior to treatment.
- The patient should arrive for treatment with clean skin. There should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, powder or bath/shower oil present on the skin in the area to be treated. Before treatment, wipe the treatment area with a nonalcoholic preparation.
- The patient will be placed in a supine or semi-recumbent position to allow access to the treatment location.
- A topical anesthetic should be used only if necessary and according to the physician’s discretion.
- Areas of dental crowns, caps, braces, or other metal dental implants may be more sensitive to treatment and the clinician may use dental rolls, gauze or a tongue depressor to isolate the area and make the treatment more comfortable.
- The hair in the area to be treated should be clearly seen by the operator. Therefore, mark the area with white or yellow color and shave it before treatment. Alternatively, ask the patient to shave at home ~2 days prior to treatment.
- Before each treatment clean the entire applicator surface with a medical disinfectant.
After treatment care means taking care of the affected areas:
- In the event of post-treatment discomfort, it is recommended to cool the treated area immediately following treatment with cold (not frozen) packs, air cooling with SynerCool, etc.
- Blistered or ulcerated skin can be treated with a prescribed antibiotic ointment or burn treatment cream.
- During the first two days following treatment, care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated site: avoid hot baths, massage, etc.
- If scabs appear after blistering, they should be kept soft with a lubricating ointment.
- The patient should use high factor sunscreen (at least 30 SPF) and protect the treated area from sunlight for at least one month after the treatment. Tanning after treatment may cause hyperpigmentation.
The following are recommendations for post-treatment follow-up.
- The patient should return a few weeks after the treatment (4-10 weeks) for evaluation of the treatment area.
- Update the patient history while being mindful of sun tanning, new medications, etc. If the patient has not violated the contraindications another treatment may be performed.
- If no results are observed and adverse effects are noticed, treatment should be discontinued.