Laser Hair Removal Overview
The Lumenis LightSheer DUET is a two-in-one laser hair removal machine that works best on large areas of skin, such as the back and legs. The DUET’s integrated vacuum-assisted technology lifts and stretches skin, allowing the laser to effectively target hair follicles, reducing the amount of energy absorbed by oxyhemoglobin, and reducing the risk of affecting the surrounding skin. This allows for lower treatment energy levels to be utilized, and thus minimal discomfort during treatment.
Doctor Vallecillos boasts the Lumenis LightSheer DUET Diode Laser System in his armamentarium of hair removal systems. The LightSheer Diode Laser is considered the gold-standard in terms of hair removal technology due to its ease of use, speed of treatments, and versatility for virtually all skin types.
The Lumenis LightSheer DUET offers several advantages over conventional hair removal systems. The large spot size translates into great surface areas of treated skin, with a subsequent reduction in treatment time by over 75% as compared to conventional laser hair removal systems.
You should avoid exposure to the sun for several weeks before the procedure. Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment within the hair follicles, so waxing and other full hair removal techniques should be avoided for up to six weeks before the procedure. Shaving is fine and should be performed just prior to your scheduled procedure.
Generally, topical anesthetic and cooling gels are not necessary. This is one of the clear advantages of this laser system over others.
- The Lumenis LightSheer DUET laser is applied to the area(s) to be treated. The device lifts and stretches the skin slightly, allowing the laser to more accurately target the pigment within hair follicles, damaging them and effectively reducing and eventually eliminating the follicles’ ability to produce hair.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
Who is a candidate for hair removal with the Lumenis LightSheer DUET?
You should consider Lumenis LightSheer DUET hair removal if you wish to permanently reduce and/or remove hair on large areas of the body, such as the back and legs.
What is the recovery time for laser hair removal?
There is no recovery time for the Lumenis LightSheer DUET, though some temporary redness and swelling, known as perifollicular edema, may occur. Each treatment is short, but multiple treatments will be necessary to achieve best results. Be sure to wear a high SPF sunscreen on all treated areas and avoid sun exposure before and after treatments.
Are there risks or side effects with the Lumenis LightSheer DUET?
You should expect some temporary redness and swelling on the treated areas, though this will disappear quickly. Overzealous treatment on darker skin (Types V-VI) may result in localized hypo-pigmentation. This typically resides over the course of weeks to months. Sunscreen should be used and direct sun exposure should be regularly avoided following treatment, as doing so can increase the risk of hyperpigmentation.
How long do the results last?
Laser hair removal can be a permanent, effective, long-term solution to unwanted body hair. Although each treatment is short and involves no patient downtime, multiple treatments will be necessary to achieve best results. Typically, 4-6 treatments are required for optimal results, although it is not uncommon for some patients to require more treatments.