Full Face Laser Hair Removal Training
Full face laser hair removal is a very popular treatment, especially among Asian clients. Most women desire to get rid of unwanted hair on the face such as fuzz on the lip and chin. However, the face can be a delicate and complex area to treat when it comes to laser hair removal. Only a trained specialist, who completed good laser hair removal training, must perform laser treatments in the area to assure safety and accuracy of the results. Here, we will discuss how a trained laser technician performs a full face procedure. Below is laser hair removal training for a full face treatment.
Begin on the forehead
A full face laser hair treatment usually begins on the forehead. When performing laser hair removal in this area, be careful not to target the hair on the head. Ask the client to wear a head cap before the laser procedure begins to make sure you will avoid targeting the hair pigments on the head. Position the laser device where you are most comfortable, and you have full control over the area. For each treatment area on the face, it’s advised to perform the laser procedure section by section. For the forehead, you can take the direction from the middle of the forehead to the sides. Make sure the client wears a protective goggle before the treatment begins. Besides the hair on the head, you must also avoid treating the eyebrows. Be careful when placing the laser device, and make sure it's at least 1 centimeter away from the eyebrows. After completing the treatment on the forehead, you can proceed to the sides of the face down to the neck.
From the forehead down to the neck
You can begin the laser treatment by marking the areas with a pencil that will serve as your guide. You can begin treating from the forehead down to the neck, but make sure to avoid treating the side locks. Again, take it section by section, this time from the forehead down to the lower neck. You can mark the areas, and section it in four areas: the middle of the face, the side locks down to the lower neck, the lips down to the jaw, and the chin to the jawline. After treating the side locks, you can then proceed treating the middle of the face towards the sides of the face.
Treating the sides of the face
When treating the side of the face, the usual pattern is to begin on the side locks down to the jawline. Again, be careful not to apply laser on the side locks. Perform the same treatment in the middle face towards the sides, and then treat the area near the side locks down to the jawline of the other side of the face. When transitioning to treating the other side of the face, ask the client to face the other side, so you will get a comfortable position treating the area, and you will have control over the device and the client. After treating both sides of the face, move to treating the chin area.
Treating the chin area
When treating the chin area, take the direction from the side of the lip down to the jawline. Follow the fold of the lips or the laugh lines, and move the device down the jawline. Then, move to the area in the middle below lips moving sideward to the end of the lips. Perform the same treatment and direction to the other side of the chin, beginning in the middle to the other side of the lips.
Treating the lips
When treating the upper lip, begin the laser application on the philtrum or the or medial cleft, which is the fold on the upper lip, and then move the device to the sides of the upper lip. Perform the same treatment, and follow the same direction, beginning in the middle of the upper lip to the other side of the lips.
Treating the area under the eyes
The area under the eyes is also applied with a laser. When treating this area, make sure to not go past the bone on the eyes. The laser is applied from the middle of the under eye (away from the bone of the eyes), to the side of the face. Perform the same treatment and direction on the other side of the face.
How does laser hair removal work?
The mechanism of action for laser hair removal is selective photo-thermolysis. This treatment uses selective laser, which means it only affects the targeted hair and not the surrounding skin or tissue. With the laser’s selective chromophore technique, it works by targeting the pigment of the hair, and the melanin of the hair shaft where the laser is absorbed. Photo means the laser sends amplified light that penetrates the target area, which produces heat (thermo) that is delivered to the skin and to the base of the hair shaft. Once the laser selectively targets the hair, and light produces heat to the area, it will result in the destruction or lysis of the active hair follicle. The laser will heat the hair up to 70 degrees, which can permanently destroy the hair, and make the active hair follicle and hair shaft dormant.
Consultation before undergoing laser hair removal is necessary to know if the patient is suitable for the treatment. Because the laser works by targeting the melanin or the pigment of the hair shaft, the color of the hair must be darker than the skin. The thickness of the hair must also meet the ideal width that the laser can be absorbed by the hair. During the consultation, factors like the skin color, the color of the hair and the thickness of hair are considered to determine what kind of approach will be used for the patient. For patients with darker skin, a diode laser is used as this device can treat all types of skin and hair. The length of the treatment course will also be determined during consultation. Typically, it takes more than 6-10 sessions until 90% hair reduction will be met.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Yes, the procedure brings permanent results. However, there are several factors that may affect the outcome of the treatment. It’s important that the patients for laser hair removal understand how these factors affect the permanence of the results, so satisfaction with their treatment will be met. Below are the factors that also play significant roles in efficiency of the treatment.