Permanent hair removal with
PhotoDerm® HR is a laser-like device that generates an intense pulsed light that eliminates unwanted body and facial hair permanently and gently. Unlike lasers, PhotoDerm® HR allows for the treatment of many more hair colors and different skin types.
For millions of men and women, excessive hair growth is not only a cosmetic problem, it also affects them on a psychological and social level. Removing hair by shaving, plucking, waxing, needle epilation (electrolysis) or by using chemical depilatories is often painful, accompanied by side effects, and the results are often frustrating and short-lived. PhotoDerm® HR brings a new dimension to the easy, gentle and permanent removal of hair with the help of pulsed flashes of light.
How does PhotoDerm® HR work?
A cooling gel is applied to the surface of the skin before the treatment begins. With a push of a button, the physician triggers a high-energy flash of light that passes through the skin into the hair follicles, destroying them without damaging the surrounding tissue. The hair falls out immediately or within two days at the latest.
Can all kinds of hair be removed?
PhotoDerm® HR makes hair removal possible in typical problematic areas such as the face or the bikini line. The darker and thicker the hair, the quicker it is to obtain the desired results.
Does this treatment hurt?
Since this treatment merely involves a pulsed light, most patients only feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a rubber band when the pulsed light penetrates the skin. Painkillers or local anesthesia are generally not needed.
How many treatments are needed?
Typically, 5 to 8 treatment sessions are necessary. Each session lasts 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the area being treated and the density of the hair growth. Since the hair can only be treated in the growth stage, a certain pattern of treatment intervals must be followed for treatment sessions.
Are there any side effects?
There might be an occasional slight redness of the skin or swelling at the treatment site, but that will disappear after a few days. In rare instances, overreactions similar to sunburns might occur, but they generally heal well and only patients with darker skin are affected. The same goes for pigment changes.
What do you need to keep in mind before and after treatment?
It is imperative that you avoid tanning beds and intense exposure to the sun prior to, during and for several weeks following treatment. You can resume your regular activities immediately or the day after treatment. Please talk to your physician about taking medication or any other specific information you need.
Will my insurance company pay for this treatment?
You have for pay for PhotoDerm® HR, because it is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance.
Is PhotoDerm® HR better than other methods?
Removing hair by shaving, plucking, or waxing is not only painful, the results are also short-lived. The PhotoDerm® HR treatment enables hair to be removed gently and permanently.
Is PhotoDerm® HR better than needle epilation?
With needle epilation (electrolysis), a probe is inserted into each hair follicle, discharging a small amount of electric energy that destroys the root of the hair. This extremely painful and prolonged treatment must be repeated on a regular basis and is often associated with side effects such as wounds and scars. PhotoDerm® HR only uses light energy, which means no penetration of the skin is necessary. With a single flash of light from the PhotoDerm® HR device, more than one hundred hair follicles are treated simultaneously, which would take more than one hour with needle epilation.