About Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular, and one of the most effective ways to permanently get rid of unwanted hair. The machine produces a concentrated beam of light that is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The hair is then vaporized, causing the hair follicle to break down and the regrowth of hair to stop, or be severely diminished.
Laser hair removal treatments are safe and non-invasive. Treatments can be done on any skin type and any area of the body, as long as the hair is coarse and dark. If hair is light or fine, electrolysis is a good alternative.
After your series of laser treatments, you can usually expect 65% to 95% less hair growth in the area. The reason it is not 100% is that some of the hairs can grow back lighter and finer after being treated by the laser, and the laser is only attracted to coarse dark hair.
Laser hair removal is typically booked in a series of 6 treatments, unless your technician recommends otherwise. Treatments are booked 8 weeks apart for areas on the body, and 6 weeks apart for the face.
Some people also choose to have annual maintenance appointments to make sure that pesky hair stays away.
The laser machine fires a concentrated beam of light that is then absorbed by the pigment in your hair follicles, closing them off and eliminating regrowth.
You had me at “never shave my legs again.”
Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?
Well, the laser is heating up and destroying hair follicles, so there is some discomfort in the process. It can be described as a pinch with a flash of heat, but is normally quite tolerable and is over quickly!
Laser hair removal will not work on blonde, white or grey hair, as the light is only attracted to dark pigment. Hair must be dark and coarse in order for the treatment to work. You should opt out of laser hair removal if: you have permanent makeup or tattoos in the area you wish to treat, you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, have a fresh tan, keloid scarring, uncontrolled diabetes, or are prone to outbreaks of cold sores or herpes. If you have a hormonal imbalance, it is recommended to see a doctor for other treatment methods as the laser wont be effective with this condition.
Any of this sound a little intimidating? Don’t worry! Your technician will sit down with you for a consultation and go over anything you’re unsure about. They will also make sure that you are a good candidate for laser before proceeding to any treatments.
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