I have some white hair on my back which I would like to remove with a laser. I have had 8 treatments with the Elos Comet laser which claims to treat all hair colors. The white hairs still persist, althought they have decreased somewhat. I have read that a melanine enhancer product called Meladine can increase melanine in the hair folicle which should improve the lasers targeting and result in more hair being destroyed. Can anyone confirm or support the use of Meladine for white hair removal by laser?
Using Meladine to Improve Laser Hair Removal?
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Meladine probabaly not helpful; try electrolysis for white hair removal.
Laser hair removal for white hairs
The target for laser in laser hair removal is pigment. The best results are in those who have fair skin and dark hair. Sadly, the laser will not see a white hair and will not be effective in its removal.
Meladine in my experience did not accomplish any increased success in treating white hairs. Electrolysis could be considered as a method for permanently eliminating hair of any color. It is more tedious than laser, requiring the treatment of only one hair at a time. In a limited situation, such as a few white hairs on the chin, electrolysis is still a good and effective technology.
Meladine and laser hair removal of lightly pigmented hair
When Meladine first came on the market, I treated about 5 patients with this product who had grey or blond hair and wished to attempt treatment. I found the results quite poor, and no longer use, or recommend this product.
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Meladine might help laser hair removal of light colored hair
Meladine might help laser hair removal of light colored hair minimally, in some patients. We have used in in the past on approximately 10-15 patients. I found it helped a little but not enough for us to enthusiastically recommend it or even to continue to carry it in our office (it is only sold through physicians).
Meladine for laser hair removal of light colored hair
Meladine is on the market to create a target for the laser, around the hair follicle, below the skin surface on light-colored hair. I had tried it on about six patients when the product first came on the market. In my very limited experience I did not find it to help, although one patient thought it did help. Possibly other providers have used this in the last several years and have more experience than I with the product and are more in favor of its use.
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