HEALTHCARE

Hair

Removal

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the body. Benefits of laser hair removal include:

Precision

Lasers are designed to target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding lighter hair undamaged.

Speed

Each laser machine has different speeds to meet the machines purpose which is to remove unwanted hair.  The laser can treat an area approximately the six of a dime to a quarter at one time every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas such as the back or legs may take up to an hour.

Permanent

Lasers require more treatments over the quadrant of the area in less time but require three or more treatments to remove the unwanted hair.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that requires training and medical education. The State of California only allows a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Medical Doctor to provide treatments. This is to ensure, that the patient has a medically qualified person that has been trained in the basic medical standards for patients. These degree’s in licensing do not make them automatically qualified, further training and skill are necessary to prevent potential injury to the patient.

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

Just before the treatment it is important to apply numbing cream to sensitive areas of the body if they are to be treated one hour before treatment. 

Maximizing Results

The laser hair removal machine is designed to be used on individuals with dark hair. The lighter the skin and darker the hair the more likely that the hair will not return. The darker the skin and the darker the hair, lower frequency and more treatments are often required. The present technology used by laser hair removal machines are not effective on white, red and blond hair and must resort to electrolysis for permanent removal.

One day of hair grown can improve the likelihood that the hair plexus will be damaged and destroyed.

Stimulants

The pulse light from the laser hair removal machine uses an intense pulse light, that penetrates the top layer of the skin and damages the root of the hair plexus. This damage to the hair plexus is then ejected by the skin by the body to protect the body from infection. The hair plexus has a specialized nerve receptor that can create stimulation and sensation during touching.

When a person is on stimulants prior to treatment in can make these specialized nerve receptors hyper vigilant and increase the pain. This will make the patients treatment painful and discourage future treatments.  It is strongly encouraged not to use stimulants.

Sunscreen

It is important to protect the skin with after treatment while the skin is rejuvenating after treatment. Avoid direct sun like gardening, beaches, sun tanning, hiking and other high-level exposures to ultraviolet sun rays.  I can damage the skin and increase the likelihood of cancer.

ELECTROLYSIS

Electrolysis is a method of removing hairs individually from the face and body. A electrolysis technician must go to school and be licensed by the California Board of Cosmetology.  Electrolysis has a devise with a small metal probe that is inserted down the shaft of the hair to the hair plexus where a small electrical current is used to destroy the hair. Thereafter, this individual hair is extracted from the body. Electrolysis can be used on any hair but is an extremely slow process.

Electrolysis Sessions

An electrolysis session can last up to two hours or more at a time for a small space the size of a nickel to a quarter at a time.

ELECTROLYSIS VS. LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Electrolysis began in 1875 and was invested by Dr. Charles Michel, at St. Louis ophthalmologist, devised this system to remove his patient’s painful ingrown eyelashes. It has grown over time into a consumer trade to address needs for beautification. Gender Identity disorder first appeared as a diagnosis in the DSM-III (1980), where it appeared under “psychosexual disorders” but was used only for the childhood diagnosis. Over time, it began to be used for treatment of gender dysphoria. Laser hair removal has been performed experimentally for about twenty years before becoming commercially available in 1995. As laser hair removal technology improves electrolysis often focuses on the hair that the laser hair removal machine cannot treat effectively. 

COMBINATIONS

Combinations can be used when there is a combination of different color hair or different needs on different quadrants of the body. 

MEDICALLY NECESSARY VS. COSMETIC

With World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) is the leading experts when it comes to transgender health. The WPATH recommends hair removal for transgender persons to treat their gender dysphoria. Treating this condition, improves the quality of life for the transgender individual and treats this medical condition. Treating this condition addresses the psychological needs of the transgender person, improving their quality of life, and as a result treats the needs of the transgender person so they can be more productive in society.

With the guidance of WPATH, most insurances have determined that treatment on the face, neck, chest, abdomen and back are considered medically necessary. They have determined that legs, bikini lines, arms and armpits are cosmetic. There are some rare exception when it comes to Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome and other genetic conditions that deter gender transition or infection.

The legal standards are determined by the California Department of Managed Healthcare’s Independent Medical Reviews. These determinations are public on their website and are very informative as to the legal standard for transgender Californians.

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