What is it?
Lumenis LightSheer Duet is an FDA-approved diode laser that we use for reducing unwanted hair of the face and the body.
The Lumenis LightSheer Duet uses vacuum-assisted technology in combination with the diode laser light, allowing us to treat patients without the need for anaesthesia or gels, and with the system one can treat backs and legs very fast, which means patients can return to work faster and there is minimal preparation time required.
How Does it Work?
The high speed LightSheer Duet is a laser that produces a larger beam of highly concentrated light which is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, allowing the hair to absorb the light and heat up. As it heats up, the hair shaft and bulb are damaged which significantly impedes its ability to re-grow.
Who is a Candidate?
All patients are candidates as this laser treats all skin types.
What Can I Expect?
Permanent reduction of hair.
Safety and Side-Effects
Side-effects are rare and if they do occur are typically minor. These may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle which are, in fact positive clinical results and indicate that the follicle has responded to treatment.
Swelling – is temporary and not harmful. Cold packs or an anti-inflammatory preparation may reduce the swelling.
Bruising – is unlikely to occur. If bruising occurs it will normally clear up in 1 – 7 days.
Healing – there is always the slight possibility of developing a crust or blister. This is superficial and rarely results in any scarring and is treated like sunburn or any other superficial blister.
Pigment change – the treated areas will probably heal without any pigment change. However, there is the slight chance that hyperpigmentation (darker) or hypopigmentation (lighter) areas may occur. These are generally temporary, restricted to dark skin and will fade within 1 – 6 months. Sun exposure must be avoided for three to four weeks prior to therapy and after, as exposure to the sun may intensify hyperpigmentation. It is rare that change is ever permanent.
Pain – patients report that treatment feels like a rubberband snap. This discomfort may range from mild to moderate and does not last long. Rarely, a mild burning sensation may last for up to one hour. A cold compress or ice pack may be used if desired, and topical anaesthesia cream can be provided if required but only for limited areas of treatment.
Scarring – this is rare with dark skin patients. It is important to follow all the post treatment instructions carefully in order to prevent infection.
Recovery time is minimal and most people return to normal activity right away.
Before Treatment Instructions
Discontinue Aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medication two weeks prior to laser treatment, including homeopathic medications such as Omega-3 or flaxseed oil. Sun-tanning should be avoided six weeks prior to treatment. If patients have a history of recurrent herpes simplex or connective tissue disorder such as systemic lupus erythematosus or porphyria or are taking any medications which may respond to light sensitivity such as Isotretinoin (otherwise known as Roaccutane/Oratane) or Tetracyclines, please inform us. If you have a history of keloid scarring or bleeding disorders, please inform us.
After Treatment Instructions
Quick warm showers are recommended. If areas are treated other than the facial area, hot baths are not advised for 24 hours.
If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply Vaseline and contact the laser nurse or dermatologist. The area should be kept lubricated with Vaseline to prevent crusting or scabbing of the tissue.
Cold packs or any other cooling preparation may be used to ease temporary discomfort.
Prolonged sun exposure is to be avoided for four weeks before and after treatment.
Make-up can be applied as long as the skin is not broken. Mineral make-up can also serve as an additional sunblock.
Who Performs the Treatment?
Our specialist laser nurse, who is uniquely skilled in laser hair removal.