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Hair Removal

Pain-Free Hair Removal

Photos courtesy of: Kyle Holmes, MD

A virtually pain-free diode laser hair removal machine

Laser hair removal is the #1 non-invasive aesthetics treatment available today with an estimated growth rate of 18%. With nearly 3.1 million laser hair removal treatments performed in 2006 alone, hair removal is a fantastic way to inject profit into your practice. While there are many methods to eliminate unwanted hair, very few can eliminate hair regrowth while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. And photoepilation is quickly becoming the most popular. Lasers and light sources use the principle of selective photothermolysis to eliminate hair and its potential regrowth without damaging the surrounding skin. During a laser hair removal treatment, light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft. This absorption raises the temperature of the hair follicle and thermally destroys the cells responsible for regrowth. The attributes of the light (wavelength, pulse duration and power) are chosen to ensure damage to these cells and not to the rest of the skin.

Alma Lasers provides you two great options for laser hair removal, both providing Alma’s virtually pain-free hair removal technology. If your practice is looking to add laser hair removal along with several other aesthetic treatments, then the Harmony®XL’s SHR handpiece is an ideal fit for your needs. If your business is looking for a dedicated laser hair removal machine, then the Soprano®XL with its SHR mode is ideal for your location. Either solution enables you to provide Alma’s patient-friendly Pain-Free, Hair-Free hair removal procedures.

Technology in use

With HarmonyXL
To perform light-based hair removal with the HarmonyXL SHR handpiece, a large rectangular window emitting broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb.

The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises slowly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.

With SopranoXL
SopranoXL uses 810-nm diode laser technology, the gold standard in laser hair removal since its introduction in 1998. Unlike earlier systems, however, SopranoXL energy penetrates deep into the dermis (where the hair follicle is located) with high average power and a rapid 10 pulse-per-second repetition rate.

Using CW Pulse™ technology allows homogeneous distribution and more effective fluence to be delivered with improved patient comfort. The unique pulse structure of SopranoXL incorporates two discrete pulses. The first is a preheated long pulse that safely heats the tissue; the second short pulse effectively destroys the hair follicle and its surrounding vasculature.

Key advantages for physicians

  • IN-Motion™ technology – virtually pain-free hair removal without the use of anesthesia or numbing gels
  • Permanent hair reduction of all pigmented hair on all skin types, including tanned skin
  • Low cost of ownership with no disposables required

Key advantages for patients

  • Comfortable treatment with little to no irritation
  • Effective permanent reduction of hair
  • Little to no chance of side effects

Harmony XL handpeices:

Pain Free Hair is a state of the art procedure specially designed to remove unwanted hair faster, more comfortably, and with fewer visits then before.

Hair Removal

Hair removal is the most popular light-based aesthetic procedure in the world. Using a novel 650 – 950 nm AFT handpiece, HarmonyXL can deliver fast, effective results for permanent hair reduction on all skin types, including tanned skin. This SHR handpiece now has contact cooling and uses IN-Motion™ technology for virtually pain-free procedures with no downtime – Alma Lasers’ remarkable Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ procedure.

SHR Handpiece – How It Works

To perform light-based hair removal, a large rectangular window emitting broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb. The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises quickly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.

Skin Tightening with Near Infrared

Deliver deep dermal heating that induces neocollagenesis using the Near-infrared handpiece on the Harmony Family. A series of three to six treatments produces a tighter, fresher appearance – without pain or invasive procedures.

NIR Handpiece – How It Works

The near-infrared handpiece delivers uniform energy distribution and effectively targets lipids and connective tissue. It exerts its biological effect on the skin through two major mechanisms:

  • Heat-induced collagen shrinkage and micro-thermal injury
  • Dermal regeneration, repair (healing) and remodeling

The NIR handpiece produces dramatic, yet comfortable deep dermal heating without damage to the epidermis.

Pixel Pro

Give your patients a more youthful appearance with the Pixel Pro featuring the iPixel skin resurfacing laser on HarmonyXL. As part of Laser360iQ or a stand-alone treatment, the procedure will gradually stimulate new cells to replace aged and photo-aged skin, with little patient downtime.

Pixel Pro – How It Works

With the High Power Pixel 2940, preprogrammed laser energy passes through the patented Pixel micro optics lens array and penetrates the skin, affecting just 15-20 percent of the surface. It creates an ablative thermal channel at the pixel area – a micro-injury – without disturbing the surrounding tissue. Those micro-injured areas start the process of healing and the untreated area acts as a reservoir for rapid restoration. As collagen remodels, skin tightens and texture improves.

The gentleness of the procedure allows delicate areas such as the neck, chest and hands to be treated as safely as the face with little risk of infection. There is little downtime or discomfort, minimal analgesia, and no other disposables are required.

Pixel Pattern

The Pixel Pro is one handpiece with three different tips for ablation and fractional ablation; 4mm Erbium, 1×7 fractional rolling and 7×7 fractional stamping tips. The operator can decide the appropriate dot pattern for each patient.

Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT™)

Treat superficial vascular and pigmented irregularities to improve a patient’s skin color. Use a series of approximately five treatments using one of the AFT handpieces on HarmonyXL:

  • SR / SR cooled- skin rejuvenation
  • SVL / SVL cooled- superficial vascular/pigmented
  • VP / VP cooled- vascular/pigmented lesions

AFT – How It Works

AFT is the next generation of intense pulsed light. It takes formerly unused short-wavelength light and converts it into part of the usable spectrum through a special filtering system. It increases emission and penetration, for safer and more effective treatments.

AFT also delivers Equally Distributed Fluence, which means that every pulse has uniform energy density across the entire output face. This fluence ensures repeatable results and remarkable safety. AFT yields a more efficient system for ideal clinical improvements, less discomfort and minimal skin damage.

Pain-Free Hair Removal

Hair removal is the most popular light-based aesthetic procedure in the world. Using a novel 650 – 950 nm AFT handpiece, the Harmony Family can deliver fast, effective results for permanent hair reduction on all skin types, including tanned skin. This SHR handpiece now has contact cooling and uses IN-Motion™ technology for virtually pain-free procedures with no downtime – Alma Lasers’ remarkable Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ procedure.

To perform light-based hair removal, a large rectangular window emitting broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb.

The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises quickly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.

IN-Motion Technology

IN-Motion Technology represents a breakthrough in patient comfort, speed of procedures and repeatable clinical results. Why? Because the high peak energies used in traditional photoepilation technology must have high cooling before, during and after each pulse and therefore the handpiece must be stationary during the energy delivery.

Alma Lasers’ unique IN-Motion technology combines concurrent cooling with a gradual thermal rise to the target’s critical temperature, without the risk of injury and with much less pain for the patient.