Intense light emitted by the Palomar StarLux® System is absorbed by the dark pigment found in hair follicles. The ligh is “pulsed,” or turned on, for only a fraction of a second, just long enough to disable the follicle. While the light energy is delivered, the unique contact-cooling handpiece helps protect the skin through conductive cooling.
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 others, you may choose to have a topical anesthetic applied to increase comfort during the procedure
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 consultant will develop a treatment program that best fulfills your individual needs.
After-effects vary from patient to patient. Typically, within several minutes, the treated area may become slightly red and puffy. This reaction subsides quickly, usually within a day. Since the Palomar StarLux® does not cut the skin in any way, you can return to normal activity immediately. Most hairs fall out within 7-30 days of the treatment. Additional treatments can be scheduled every 2-3 months, until the desired endpoint is reached.
While other hair removal methods may cause skin irritation, Palomar’s unique sub-zero contact-cooling handpiece provides added protection during treatment. Gentle compression of the skin by its cool, wide sapphire surface brings laser energy closer to the parts of the follicle that are responsible for hair growth.
By delivering laser energy deep into the skin, the Palomar StarLux® System disables the parts of the follicle that produce hair, resulting in permanent hair reduction.