Flawless LightSheer Hair Removal Treatment

I read about the contest for Flawless but was late to register. :( But I figured why not share what I've been up to since last month!

Last month, I enrolled myself at Flawless and got the lifetime package of LightSheer Hair Removal treatment.

How does the LightSheer Diode Laser System work?
The system emits near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed, or turned on, for only a fraction of a second. The duration of each pulse is just long enough to damage the follicle, while the system's unique, patented contact-cooling hand piece, the ChillTip, helps protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery.

What advantage does the Lightsheer have over the laser hair removal systems?
The LightSheer Diode Laser System was designed from the ground up for laser hair removal, so it has the wavelength, fluence, pulse width, and active epidermal cooling system—the ChillTip ideally suited for laser hair removal.

LightSheer™ is rapid, dependable, and has a patented ChillTip that helps protect skin tissue.

Why should I use the Lightsheer Diode Laser System?
The LightSheer Diode Laser System's design provides for enhanced comfort during treatment, minimal risk of infection, speed and accuracy. Since the system uses a unique cooling handpiece, it minimizes skin irritation that other methods may create. Since it is non-invasive (no needles to penetrate the skin), the risk of introducing bacteria into the skin is reduced. Finally, the LightSheer Diode Laser is a precise instrument that can be adjusted to damage only the hair follicle while minimally affecting the surrounding skin.

Does the Lightsheer work on different skin colors?
The LightSheer diode laser system safely and effectively treats all skin types. For darker skin types and people with tans, appropriate fluences are generally lower and appropriate pulse widths are generally longer to prevent damage to the epidermis. Using the appropriate treatment parameters, however, people with all skin types can benefit from laser hair removal with the LightSheer.

What is important about the 3 phases of hair growth?
There are two resting phases and one growing phase. Only hair in the growing phase is effectively targeted by any laser system. Hair that is in the regression or resting phases will not be affected. At any one time only 50 to 75% of your hair is in the growing phase which is the major reason that multiple treatments are required.

How does the laser work?
The laser light targets pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft. The melanin absorbs laser light and generates heat which damages hair follicles. Melanin in the surrounding skin can also absorb laser energy. Thus there is a balance between burning the hair follicle vs. the skin. People with a lot of expressed melanin (tanned or naturally dark) will absorb laser light, therefore heat, in the skin, which increases skin burning.
Do females who have excess patches of hair on their faces, acne and irregular periods, need a hormonal evaluation prior to treatment?

Yes, they may have an underlying hormonal problem that needs to be evaluated.

What pre-treatment is required?
- Do not tan for 3 to 4 weeks prior to the procedure.
- Stop using self-tanning products on treated areas one week prior.
- Do not wear make-up, lotion, or deodorant over area to be treated on the day of treatment.
- Prior to applying a topical anesthetic, prep the skin with rubbing alcohol.
- Shave the skin to be treated the same day as your appointment.
- Do not pluck, wax, or tweeze the area for at least four weeks prior.
- If prescribed for skin lightening, apply hydroquinone every evening for one month prior to treatments.
- Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or greater every day.

What post-treatment is required?
- Keep the area clean and moist, applying aloe vera as needed.
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream twice daily for 48 hours.
- Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or greater every day.

Is the procedure painful?
In a scale of one to ten, most patient rate them a 3 or 4. Some patient feels a small rubber band snapping on skin. Each person’s tolerance is different and some may feel nothing at all.
For sensitive skin, topical anesthetic may be used to numb the area.

How soon will the hair fall out?
Some hair will extrude immediately. Hairs will continue to shed up to three weeks.

Are the results permanent?
The LightSheer laser has been cleared by the FDA for hair removal and permanent hair reduction on all skin types.

Why do results vary?
No two people are alike as to hair and skin color. Treatment is individualized from patient to patient.

How often should treatment be done?
The Lightsheer works by disrupting the hair on its growing phase at the time of treatment. Since hair enters the growing phase at different time, treatments are usually given at an interval of 4-6 weeks.

What percentage of hair will be reduced permanently?
Typically 60 to 95% of the hair can be reduced permanently. There is nothing available that will prevent new hair from growing in the future.

What are the possible complications?1
- Burning of the skin
- Blistering of the skin
- Scabbing of the skin
- Hypopigmentation (lightening) of the skin
- Hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the skin
- Scarring
- Infections of the skin (Unlikely)

I was a bit scared during my first treatment just because I didn't know what to expect. Even though I was told that it wouldn't hurt.

As the treatment started, it felt like pricking. I would say waxing hurts even more than the laser treatment. However, as I felt pricking on my skin, I also felt pricking on my head. Hahaha! I felt the pricking sensation in my brain. I was told that it's because of the nerves connected to our head. It was tolerable though. I used to wax so I was already used to pain. :p I couldn't see what was happening as I had some kind of glasses to wear, and it was to keep my eyes safe from radiation (I guess).

After that, that was it. I was scheduled for my second session the month after. Dra. Cuya, the derma who treated me said that it usually takes 8-10 sessions before you see the final result.

I've just had my second treatment last week. So far I've only seen a slight change. I have thin hair so it was hard to see the difference but I thought that there was less hair on the area. Although it's too early to tell yet as I'm still far from finished.

So for the second session, it was also the same procedure. They cleaned the area first and shaved the hair and this time, they put a really cold gel before using the laser to remove the hair. Because of the cool gel, I think it numbed the area so the pricking was not as painful as before. I didn't feel the pricking on my head, rather just the area being treated. Whew!

Dra. Tarun who treated me the second time said that the hair is actually starting to grow more sparsely. Yehey! I can't wait for my third session and see the result by then! :)

I would say that I think this is a good investment. Although I shelled out almost P24,000 for this. It's a lifetime package! Flawless is the only clinic that offers a lifetime package for laser hair removal and when I computed, it would cost cheaper. Plus they use the Diode Laser system, which is, from my research, better than other laser treatments and less painful! I would say this is really accurate. :) So far I haven't had any complications yet and it's all good and positive results! Good investment, good investment!
I'll post an entry again after my 3rd session. And I've also tried their facial (classic and acne prone facials). I'll post an entry about it soon. :)