Posted May 01, 2019 in Laser Hair Removal
Regularly shaving and waxing your unwanted hair can be an annoying task, and can result in unfortunate side effects, such as razor burn, pesky red bumps, cuts, rashes, and ingrown hairs. Even with the risk of painful, annoying side effects, these are the primary methods of hair removal for most people. Laser hair removal is a treatment available to reduce hair with minimal discomfort. The most common areas treated with laser hair removal are the legs, underarms, back, bikini line, stomach, and face.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal can be considered superior to shaving, waxing, or other methods of hair removal in many ways. The benefits of laser hair removal systems include:
- Long-term results
- Prevention of future hair growth
- Minimally painful treatment
- Fewer side effects
- Follow-up treatments become quicker and less painful as the hair thins out
- Precise application to targeted areas
Inhibiting Hair Growth
Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, but it always goes through the same growth cycle. The first step is active or growth period, known as the anagen stage. This point in the growth cycle is when laser hair removal is the most effective. Next is the dormant period, or catagen stage. The third step is the shedding, or telogen, stage. The process for laser treatment begins by icing the treatment areas to aid in comfort. Lasers are applied strategically in highly concentrated bursts, and the pigments in the hair follicles absorb the light. The light is then converted to heat under your skin, which damages the follicles and impedes their ability to regrow. During the laser application process, the skin is compressed and cooled with a contact-cooling device to help protect the skin and provide comfort. Hair follicles are destroyed, and growth is inhibited, resulting in thinner hair.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
Most patients bothered by their excess hair can be ideal candidates for laser hair removal. This treatment is most effective for patients with fair skin and dark hair. There are various intensities and durations provided to achieve your desired results without damaging the skin. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Messa will help determine whether you can benefit from laser hair removal and the extent of treatment needed to achieve your desired results.
The Bottom Line
Most patients require three to seven sessions, depending on the area being treated and the amount and thickness of hair being removed. Patients should avoid waxing or plucking the area being treated for at least six weeks prior to laser treatments. Sun exposure should be limited, and plenty of protection should be used (sunscreen, large brimmed hats, etc.) because the sun can reduce the effectiveness of laser hair removal and can potentially present complications after treatment. Laser hair removal can also save money in the long run, as it reduces your need to continually remove the hair using temporary removal techniques.