Many men and women in Cyprus choose to remove unwanted body hair for cosmetic, social, cultural, or medical reasons. Most common methods are available for permanent hair removal are Intense pulsed light (IPL), laser-assisted hair removal and electrolysis.

           The various lasers now most commonly available for hair removal are the alexandrite laser (755 nm), diode laser (810 nm), and Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm). These lasers target melanin and subsequently produce selective photothermolysis of the hair follicles. The longer wavelengths, such as with the 1064-nm Nd:Yag laser, are safer for darker skin types IV-VI. The risk for adverse events such as dyspigmentation, blistering, crusting, edema, and scarring is greater with darker skin types.

           Intense pulsed light (IPL) sources (IPL is not a ‘’laser’’ as many people though in Cyprus, it is just a filtered light) use the same principle of selective photothermolysis used with lasers to target melanin in hair follicles; but it not consist of one uniform wavelength like lasers. This expose the patient to some unnecessary wavelengths which in return may cause unwanted hyperpigmentation.

           Electrolysis, also termed electrology, is an effective method for permanently removing hair, especially in small areas. When professionally performed, electrolysis may offer even more permanent results for people who are otherwise not a candidate for laser hair removal (i.e. people with dark skin, or someone who has red, blonde or gray hair). The most effective areas for electrolysis treatment are usually facial areas like the upper lip, chin, and cheeks. In Cyprus Aesthetic Center we prefer radiofrequency (FDA approved, USA) to achieve best possible results.

           Hair removal is multisession procedure and no single method is perfect for all patients. Most important factor is a medical professional must be in charge to minimize complications and increase success.

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