Pseudofolliculitis Barbae | Ingrown Hairs
When hair grows in a curly and tightly coiled pattern, patients may be afflicted with numerous ingrown hairs that may cause skin irritation, inflammed follicles, and spots. These may eventually lead to changes in pigmentation and even scarring. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we see repeated shaving and waxing of the area leads to shaving rash and worsening of the underlying condition. Pseudofolliculitis barbae occurs most commonly in the underarm or bikini area with shaving, or, in men, at the lower neck, where coarse facial hair grows.
Laser hair removal is ideal in treating this disorder by temporarily or permanently removing the hair from the chronically inflamed lesion. Laser treatment leads to resolution and healing of the inflammed follicles and pustular lesions, dramatically improving skin texture and the associated postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Types of hair
Adult hair has 2 primary types. Vellus hair can be found over the entire body and appears as soft, fine, short hairs that are nonpigmented or very lightly pigmented and can be all but invisible. Terminal hair is the longer, coarser, and more darkly pigmented hair found on the scalp, underarm area, and groin. Subgroups of terminal hair include those on the scalp, pubic region, and eyebrows. Terminal hair is also found on the androgen-sensitive areas of the body, such as the beard and chest area in males. Although greatly outnumbered by vellus hairs, terminal hairs are more important, as they are responsible for the appearance of hair on the body. They may aid in enhancing a person’s image, or they can cause great anguish and distress due to their distribution, length, or texture.
Long-pulsed diode 810nm Laser
Treatment of unwanted hair with the 810-nm long-pulsed diode laser has been demonstrated as efective to those of the ruby or alexandrite lasers without the risk of side-effects and discomfort. Diode laser 810nm is considered to be the gold standard in treating unwanted hairs for all skin and hair typers.
After a single treatment at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin, hair reductions of 32-34% have been reported, and up to 84% hair reduction has been reported after multiple treatments. The diode laser has a longer wavelength and adjustable pulse duration, and, when used with an efficient skin-cooling device, allows for the treatment of patients with deeper hair follicles.
The diode laser is more effective for laser-assisted hair removal in patients with dark skin because of the higher absorption by melanin than is seen with the Nd:YAG laser.
Prices for Pseudofolliculitis Barbae Laser Treatment
Underarm €90 per session
Bikini Line €90 per session
Lower Neck €80 per session
Chin €80 per session
Prices are based on the size of the area being treated and are per session. Multiple treatments are necessary to achieve the best and most permanent results. We do recommend 6-8 treatments with the interval of 4 weeks.