LIGHT SHEER XC vs. LIGHT SHEER ET

    Laser epilation is performed with two devices of the noted manufacturer Lumenis LightSheer. Both are used by the top dermatology centers worldwide. In our Beauty Center in Nova Gorica, we use the latest device LightSheer XC, while for the treatment at other locations in Slovenia, the portable device LightSheer ET is used.

    Both devices are efficient on all types of skin and hair. Successful treatment of bright hair on bright skin is guaranteed by short impulses (5ms), while successful treatment of dark hair on dark skin by a series of longer impulses (400ms). Owing to direct cooling with the sapphire tip (local analgesia), the treatment is less painful compared to other lasers. The direct pressure executed by the laser head on the skin enables the laser beam to reach the hair follicle. The efficacy of the device is therefore guaranteed also on the spots where hair follicles are deeper in the skin.

    LightSheer XC
    • A larger sapphire tip enables (12x12mm) a faster treatment on larger areas.
    • Compared to other similar devices, treatment with LightSheer XC is 50% shorter, allowing for a maximal patient comfort.
    LaserSheer XC and ET portable
    LightSheer ET
    • It is portable.
    • The advantage of smaller sapphire tip (9x9mm) resides in a greater precision of treatment on smaller surfaces.

    Questions frequently asked by clients

    What is a laser and how does it work?

    The diode laser generates a light beam of a certain wavelength that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, destroying the hair and its generative cells.

    When is laser epilation most effective?

    The hair can be permanently destroyed only in its active phase of growth when it is still attached to the nucleus and contains a lot of pigment. On average, the body is covered with 10-20% of hair in the active phase of growth, while the remainder is in the phase of slowing, making it impossible for the laser to destroy it. With one treatment and in the optimal conditions, between 10 - 20 % of hair is destroyed. Therefore, on average 5 to 7 sessions are necessary in order to remove the hair from the treated area.

    What does the efficiency of laser epilation depend on and what are considered optimal conditions?

    It depends on the number of hair in the phase of active growth, skin color, color and thickness of hair, hair density, skin sensitivity as well as on the previous methods of depilation, the hormonal state and age. The most optimal conditions are black hair, white skin and as much hair in the active growth phase as possible. According to world data, in three to five percent of people laser epilation fails to be successful.

    What is the time interval between hair treatment sessions?

    Since active growth phases differ with respect to the areas of the body, intervals between treatments vary in length, too. Treatment of face is repeated every 6 to 8 weeks, while treatment of body every 8 to 12 weeks. After each treatment, the regrown hair becomes thinner, brighter, and growth is slower which results in longer intervals between treatment sessions.

    What is the process of laser epilation?

    The first visit is dedicated to conversation, check up, assessment of the state and testing. Before treatment, skin is cleaned, marked and hair is shaved. After treatment the skin is sensitive, a slight redness may appear that quickly disappears. Only in the case of stronger hair, redness may last from 2 to 3 days. Hair that remains in the skin after treatment is eliminated spontaneously in 2 to 3 weeks. Usually the treated area remains without hair form 1 to 2 months until the regrowth of the previously undestroyed hair.

    Positive effects of laser epilation?

    Laser epilation has a positive effect on pseudofolliculitis (inflammation of hair follicle), ingrown hair and other types of skin inflammation, functioning at the same time as anti-ageing photorejuvenation system that stimulates skin regeneration.

    What are the medical indications?

    PSEUDOFOLLICULLITIS - is an inflammation of the hair follicles caused by hair ingrowth as a result of shaving and waxing. It may occur anywhere on the body, but it is especially common on men’s chin (pseudofolliculitis barbae), bikini area and armpit. The inflammation may spread to other follicles as well due to which the treatment is long-lasting and may leave permanent effects on the skin, such as spots and scars.

    SINUS PILONIDALIS - is an inflammatory disease located in the dermis above the sacral or coccyx bone. It occurs as a result of hair in-growth on the area and may occur in two forms: as an acute pilonidal abscess or chronic pilonidal sinus. Recent research has shown that the most efficient long-term preventive and curative solution is laser hair removal, i.e. epilation of the interested area. However, it may also be performed privately. Laser procedure is the same as in hair epilation performed anywhere on the body.

    What are the contraindications?

    Laser epilation is not performed in the case of hair growing from pigment marks, scars, warts, when herpes simplex or major inflammation are involved or in the case of treatment with certain medicines. Special attention is paid to marks and skin changes. If the state of excessive hairgrowth or excessive hairgrowth disease is diagnosed, the patient will be referred to a dermatologist or an endocrinologist who will assess the hormonal state and prescribe further medication and treatment.

    Is laser hair removal expensive?

    In order to permanently remove hair e.g. on legs or bikini area (a result obtained by laser epilation), one has to wax once a month. Doing this between the age of 20 and 50, in 30 years this means 360 times of waxing and 360 hours, amounting to between 13,000 and 15,000 EUR. On average, from 5 to 7 laser treatments are required, which is 12 to 17 hours, and the final cost is between 1,700 and 2,400 EUR. If we add the time spent to get to the salon, possible inflammations, pain and hair ingrowth caused by waxing, there is no doubt that laser epilation is far the best and the most economical solution.

    Instructions and recommendations for clients

    • Do NOT expose to sun 4 weeks prior to and after treatment – use SPF 50 sunblock.
    • Do NOT tweeze, wax, use cream, electrical epilators or hair bleach from 4 to 6 weeks prior to treatment; in this period hair may be shaved or cut.
    • Shave hair 2 to 3 days prior to treatment, in particular on larger areas (legs,...).
    • Prior to treatment, skin must be clean, free from make-up or cosmetic preparations.
    • Tell us if you are pregnant, have any chronic disease or take medicines.
    • After treatment, apply aloe vera or other cooling or soothing preparations to the treated area.
    • A few days after treatment do not perform peeling, go to sauna and public swimming pools.