Thanks for posting your follow up Malie. See, hitting the ab area is tricky. The reason is that these hairs are finer than leg hairs, bikini area hairs, or even men’s facial hairs. The Yags, the Alexandrites, flashlamps, and, plain diodes have to rely on putting enough energy into these fine hairs to not only knock out the hair, but the supporting bulb, bulge, and and capilary system feeding into the whole hair growth mechanism supporting that one hair. With thicker hair, they can pull this off, because the dark ahirs are big and fat, absorb much energy from the laser, and dissipate it to the follicals surrounding support system, thus doing it’s best to permanently kill the hair.
But, the thing is though, abdominal hairs are by nature thinner and wispier. They just can’t absorb that much energy to kill off the hair’s support system that is non-pigmented. So what you get, is hairlessness for a bit, if that, then regrowth could very well kick in. Of course, sometimes the hair does get knocked off permanently, but this is only going to be at a higher power that the tech feels comfortable giving you. And they do shy away from treating at those higher powers.
That’s why companies that put big efforts into their R&D, instead of perfecting the wooden wheel, have moved away from relying on just laser light killing of the hair, and hopefully, it’s supporting hair bulb. That’s where RF comes in. RF is nothing new to medicine. It’s now used in many cutting edge applications. It’s advanced. It’s used in somnoplasty and relieving the effects of spinal disk bulging. Syneron lasers use this, they cost a lot more, they’ve been through a whole lot of research and developement, they combine two powerful hair removing effects. The hair is attacked through the Diode laser, but in combination, the hair’s supporting bulb and bulge system is attacked through Radio Frequency. This gives total hair death of the target follical. See, there’s a difference between getting hair clearing, and getting permanent hair death. And more tools have to be used if their is to be better success. Laser/RF treatments are the next generation. First of the Synerons was the Aurora that topped out at 25J-RF, then the Comet at 50J-RF, now there’s the Galaxy that delivers 100J_RF.
If you stay with the YAG, any real effective treatment on the stomach is going to be painful, and increasingly painful. And really, using a numbing cream is their way to make up for their older technology. Because they’re blasting you, relying on pure laser effects. If you go with a Comet or Galaxy you’re not going to need the numbing cream, because your not going to be so close to the burning threshold. They use a moderate Joules on the Laser, and use it in conjuction with Radio Frequency Joules. Not so much pain, good for your skin type, more complete attacking of the follical to give more permanent results.
See how this last YAG treatment works out, but if you feel a need for further sessions, think about getting an appointment with a Syneron using clinic. Ask back here if you have any questions.