Frequently asked Questions
Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation
Since the laser beam targets the pigments contained in the hair, all pigmented hair will react very well to treatment. Hair from very dark to dark blond can be treated effectively, while white or grey hair will not respond to the treatment. In general, the darker the hair, the better the absorption and therefore the better the results.
On average, three to four skin rejuvenation treatments. Most patients see improvement after 1 treatment.
The hair alternates between periods of growth (anagen) and no growth (telogen). The transition between the two periods is characterized by an interruption in bulb cell proliferation and by a widening of the terminal part of the hair root, which is anchored to the walls of the follicle; this intermediate phase is called catagen. In humans, the phases of different hair growth are not synchronized, i.e. each hair is in a different phase of growth. During a hair removal session, all the hairs are targeted, with no way of knowing in which phase of growth they are. That means that, in a certain area, only a specific percentage of hair reacts to the laser treatment, i.e. only hairs in anagen phase. Therefore, a series of laser sessions is always necessary. How many sessions are needed varies on a case by case basis and depends upon hair and skin type as well as on genetic predisposition. Normally, six to ten sessions per area are needed in order to reach hair reduction of up to 90%.
The sessions are fast with only slight discomfort. During the first 1-2 hours after treatment, your skin may look and feel sunburned.
The treatment sessions are fast! Typically less than 20 minutes!
It does NOT primarily rely on heat like the older laser and IPL technologies. Instead, it uses mechanical energy to stimulate collagen and improve elastin. It is effective on pigment and vascular conditions, such as poikiloderma.
Changes are immediate and lightening progresses with time and repeat treatments.
Every patient has a different experience with tattoo removal. Does it hurt? It’s going to be uncomfortable, yes; the question is, “How much?” Since PiQo4 treatments are completed much faster, patients often go through sessions without anesthesia. Both cold air and topical numbing cream can be used on the area if needed.
The number of treatment sessions depends on the following:
- The type of ink in your tattoo and how much of it was used
- Color and depth of the ink
- The location on the body (tattoos closer to the heart tend to clear faster than those further away)
Everybody has different factors, but owners have seen over 40% reduction in treatments with the PiQo4 versus other lasers!