What is the Spectrum 2000 Q-Switched Ruby Laser?
Red light emitted by the Palomar E2000 System is absorbed by the dark pigment found in hair follicles. The laser is “pulsed” or turned on, for only a fraction of a second – just long enough to disable the follicle. While the laser energy is delivered, the unique contact-cooling handpiece helps protect the skin through conductive cooling.
The Palomar E2000™ System Treatment
Multiple treatments are generally required. The actual number depends on the color of your hair and skin, as well as factors such as hormone levels and hair follicle size. Your hair removal center will develop a treatment program that best fulfills your individual needs.
While you may feel a slight tingling sensation, most people tolerate the procedure very well. Because some areas of the body are more sensitive than other, you may choose to have a topical anesthetic applied to increase comfort during the procedure.
After effects vary from patient to patient. Typically, within several minutes, the treated are may become slightly red and puffy. This reaction subsides quickly, usually within a day. Since the Palomar E2000 System does not cut the skin in any way, you can return to normal activity immediately
How Is Unwanted Hair Usually Removed?
Shaving is a simple procedure… but it’s also messy and time consuming. (And who needs nicks and cuts?) Shaving is temporary solution, one that requires a constant commitment.
Ouch! This quick-fix is not only painful… it’s highly impractical for large areas! And, if you’ve ever tweezed, you know that the hair you pluck will only grow back again
Another temporary solution. This messy procedure requires a significant time commitment and must be repeated about once a week. Caution: if depilatories are left on too long, they can cause severe skin irritation or even chemical burns.
Waxing can cover large skin areas and may last for a month or more. Yet this procedure is painful and can cause allergic reaction as well as prolonged inflammation of the hair follicle.
This procedure involves sticking a needle into each hair follicle and applying an electric current. In expert hands, electrolysis can successfully eliminate hair. But because you can treat only one hair follicle at a time it’s tedious and time-consuming.
The Speed of the Palomar E2000 VS. Electrolysis and Waxing
|Body Area||Palomar E2000||Electrolysis||Waxing|
|Back||15 minutes||10 + hours||30 minutes|
|Legs||45 minutes||12 + hours||1 hour|
|Bikini Line||6 minutes||4 + hours||15 minutes|
|Underarms||6 minutes||2 + hours||15 minutes|
|Chin||4 minutes||45 + minutes||10 minutes|
|Upper Lip||2 minutes||30 + minutes||15 minutes|
Treatment times shown represent the approximate time to treat an average specific total body area one time.
The Palomar E2000 system resulted from years of research at Wellman Laboratories of photomedicine, part of the Massachusetts General Hospital – one of the world’s leading medical research institutions. After careful scientific study of hair follicle anatomy, researchers precisely matched laser output to the size, depth and location of hair follicles within the skin.
Palomar’s unique sub-zero contact-cooling handpiece is designed to conduct heat away from the skin before, during and after each laser pulse. This cooling process protects the skin and minimizes discomfort. Palomar’s TwinPulse T mode provides maximum laser absorption, while giving the skin extra time to cool between pulses.
Treatments using the Palomar E2000 System are faster than those provided by any other technique, including earlier laser procedures. The large 3/4 (20-mm) square spot size means that even large body areas (like back and legs) can be covered quickly. The table to the right shows the speed of the Palomar E2000 System. Compared with electrolysis, which can take 15 seconds or more per hair, laser hair removal is the fast alternative! It is even faster than waxing and much more effective
Permanent Hair Reduction
Permanent hair reduction is defined as a long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs that grow back after a treatment regime. Such hair reduction after at least one complete growth cycle (4-12 months, depending on anatomical location) is considered permanent hair reduction. Clinical trials performed at Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that most people treated with appropriate energies achieve 10-50% permanent hair reduction following each treatment.