I went for a Permanent Hair Reduction Trial for the underarms about 3 weeks ago. And I think it’s time for a review after observing the growth after the procedure for 3 weeks!
You might have noticed that I’ve used the word Reduction instead of Removal. Why is this so? After a consultation and learning about hair removal/reduction from the Doctor who did the procedure for me, I learnt that there’s no 100% removal of hair regardless. No matter how many times you go for laser or IPL there will still be a few strands of stubborn hair which refuses to be removed.
Our hair follicle will go through various phases during the growth cycle and laser works best on hair in the active growth phase.
So how does this LightSheer Duet works? It’s a new machine that will enable hair removal to be fast while being safe and effective. It will suck up the skin like a vacuum so that the hair will be nearer to the laser source and then it will be heated up. This is something like burning the hair as you will actually smell the burnt hair smell during the procedure. The laser will disable the hair follicles to regrow.
But like I mentioned, laser only works best on growing hair, hence multiple treatments is needed to reduce the hair greatly. This is because our hair are in different growing phases at any one time. That’s why multiple treatments is needed to treat the hair when they are in different phases.
The LightSheer Duet comes with two ‘guns’, one to target at larger areas and one for small areas. The one for small areas comes with a chill tip to cool down the small areas.
The great thing about this laser is that the procedure is super fast! For my trial, it takes less then 2 minutes for the whole procedure! Of course the 2 minutes does not includes the prep time where the nurse will cleanse and shave the treatment area to prep for the laser. Pain wise is super minimal.
Probably a 1 on a scale of 10, as I mentioned the LightSheer Duet will suck up the skin like a vacuum so there might be a little pain for some. For me it is quite ok but maybe it’s because my threshold for pain is quite high.
Now let’s talk about the effectiveness of the laser. This might sounds gross but I tried to pull at the hair on my underarms area with my fingers after the treatment and some came out very easily. Good sign, which means the laser is working as the hair follicles were destroy and hence the hair strands could be removed without any pressure.
I shaved a few days after the treatment so as to be able to monitor the growth. I noticed that the hair are growing in patches and some areas are clean of hair. I would say there’s at least a 25% reduction of the hair. Sorry, there’s no visuals of my pits as it’s a little unglam to post it up here.
I think I’m going back for a few more treatments from my own pocket. It’s recommended to have 4-6 treatments with an interval of 4-6 weeks between each treatment for the best results. I was even told that there are some people who are satisfied with the results after 2-3 treatments. But of course this is depending on individual as it might be super efficient on some and not as much on others as we all have different hair growth.
If you are interested to know which Clinics does Hair Reduction with Lumenis LightSheer Duet, drop me an email and I will direct you to the contact person. Do note that only Doctors can use the Lumenis LightSheer Duet for procedures so you can be sure that it’s 100% safe and fuss free!
Here’s to less hairy pits!