Facts About Laser Dye on the Face

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Facts About Laser Dye on the Face
Dye helps to usher laser energy to the facial hair follicle. (hair dyeing image by Mikhail Malyshev from Fotolia.com)

Carbon dyes are used in laser hair removal to prepare a hair follicle to be the main target for the laser energy. The dye ushers the laser energy to the exact location where the hair is created in order to kill the follicle, making hair regrowth nearly impossible. Dyes are used on all spots of the body for laser hair removal. They are often used on the face due to the light pigmentation of the hair, which can at times be resistant to laser energy.

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Background

Lasers come in different energy waves. Quasi-Constant Wave Diode Lasers, or QCW for short, are best for hair removal of any type, especially fine facial hair. QCW lasers have a certain wavelength, along with a higher level of laser radiation, that is ideal for targeting a precise area of the follicle in order to kill it, therefore making it nearly impossible for hair to grow back in that location.

How It Works

A diode laser can be used while hair has not been removed from the treatment area, unlike some lasers. A carbon-based dye is placed on the treatment area, which then seeps into the follicle of the hair, helping to usher the laser energy directly to the hair follicle. Basically, the dye acts as a conductor.

Advantages of Home Use

Using a carbon-based dye with at-home laser facial hair removal equipment gives you little room to make a mistake. The dye captures all of the heat of the laser and brings it directly to the area, which will kill the hair follicle, allowing you to be hairless for a long period of time. Some women experience permanent results of hair removal from this method. The carbon dye is so effective that it allows for fewer treatments to achieve optimal results.

Disadvantages Of Home Use

It is rare that people develop an allergic reaction to carbon-based dye, but it is possible even though the dye does not come from a metal base. Allergic reactions can happen almost immediately during or after treatment, or weeks after completion.

Before you begin

Before performing at-home laser facial hair removal with dye, you should check with your doctor or a trained professional in laser hair removal. It is always best to make sure that the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks, and to gain tips from those who have completed the process in a clinical setting.

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