Lumenis Duet Laser Hair Removal
Since it was introduced in 2009, the Lumenis LightSheer Duet has revolutionized laser hair removal treatment for large body areas; the process is painless and much faster than traditional laser treatments. The diode laser in the LightSheer Duet is the gold standard in laser hair removal, and has been used to safely and effectively remove hair for over 15 years. The smaller spot size is a refined version of this technology, but what sets the Duet apart is the larger spot size, which uses vacuum assisted technology to remove hair on areas like the chest, bikini, back, legs, etc. in about 15-20 minutes (rather than an hour)! Diode lasers can be used on people of all skin colors and hair colors. Hair that is darker than the skin is treated most effectively and safely. Skin and hair with little contrast will respond less effectively and may need more than the usual six treatments. In addition to hair removal, the smaller hand piece can be used to treat benign brown spots, red blood vessels and even ingrown hairs.
What can you expect from Laser Hair Removal by Dr. Davis?
You can now say goodbye to unwanted hair of any body part. Dr. Davis, a board certified dermatologist and one of New York Magazine’s Top Dermatologists, personally performs all laser hair removal procedures in her office. She has the ability to perform laser hair removal on people of all skin colors and on all body parts. There is no down time from this procedure. You can walk right out of the office and continue with your regular routine.
What makes Lumenis LightSheer Duet different from other hair removal treatments?
The LightSheer Duet has two spot sizes, the larger one is pain free, with no topical anesthetic or treatment gel required, because it utilizes a vacuum assisted technology. As a result treatment efficacy is greatly increased and treatment comfort is dramatically improved. The treatment time for large areas is drastically reduced because it has the largest spot size of any diode laser, at 22 mm x 35 mm, and is further diminished since there is no time wasted sitting with anesthetic cream. Treatment of large areas (like legs, back, or an abdomen) takes a fraction of the time of other machines on the market today. A second, smaller laser spot size can take care of other areas in the traditional manner. This smaller spot size has a cooling tip on the handpiece that can get as cold as 4° C to provide some comfort, but may require anesthetic for more sensitive areas, like the upper lip.
How should I prepare for a Laser Hair Removal session with Dr. Davis?
The treatment area should be completely shaved before your session (preferably the morning of your session). This will allow the laser to target the hair follicles beneath the skin and not be absorbed by external hair. This will maximize treatment efficacy by concentrating all the energy at the follicle (where hair growth is initiated); as well as improve patient comfort. We prefer to administer these treatments on skin that is not tanned. Skin that is tanned may need lower settings and result in an increased number of treatments. A preliminary session is recommended for dark and tanned skin, so a test spot can be observed after a week to ensure treatment settings are optimal.
Please avoid waxing, plucking, tweezing or electrolysis for at least 6 weeks prior to your laser hair removal session. If you have melasma (excessive pigment due to the sun and hormones), we recommend that it be treated prior to starting your hair removal sessions with Dr.Davis.
If you take any herbal remedies, aspirin, or prescribed anticoagulants you may bruise temporarily for your treatments, but you are able to remain on these medications. If you can stop St. John’s wort for seven days prior, that could be helpful.
The day of your treatment, do not apply any lotions, oils, deodorants, fragrance or make-up on the areas to be treated.
Post-op Care after Laser Hair Removal with Dr. Davis
During the first five days following treatment, care should be taken to prevent infecting the treated area; avoid hot baths, swimming in lakes, public pools, going in hot tubs, and massages. Please avoid any activities involving excessive sweating (exercising, sauna, steam, etc.) or manipulation (no facials if the face was treated).
Patients should use a high factor sunscreen (at least SPF 30-50) and protect the treated area from sunlight for at least one month pre and post treatment. Tanning after treatment may cause hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and then future laser settings will need to be reduced so pigment is not disrupted; resulting in extra treatments for hair elimination. Treatments are safest when skin is not tan (artificially or from the sun). Unnatural pigment makes the skin more sensitive and melanin (the pigments cells) can shift upwards making the skin prone to hyperpigmentation.
Avoid applying deodorant and fragrances on the treated areas. If you wish, you may use mineral make-up after your treatment as long as there is no visible blistering. Between your sessions, do not pluck, wax or tweeze the hairs. You may use a razor to shave the hairs to the skin surface, or a curved scissors to trim them. Cream depilatories are also permitted.
How often will I need treatments?
Generally 6 treatments are needed, though some people may require more, depending on hair and skin type. Treatments should be scheduled approximately every 6 weeks for areas on the face, and every 8 weeks for areas on the body. Scheduling depends on the areas treated; hairs on different parts of the body have different growth cycles. By the 4th treatment, you should experience significant visible results.
Who should avoid laser hair removal with the Duet?
Treatment with LightSheer Duet should not be performed in the following circumstances:
- Active cold sore outbreak on the desired treatment area (treatment can be postponed)
- History of keloid (thick scarring) formation (a test spot can be performed)
- Patients currently taking Accutane (you must wait at least 6 month after finishing therapy to have any laser treatments)
- Uncontrolled hormonal or endocrine disorders (since your treatments may not respond accordingly if there is a stimulus for hair growth)