For many of us, unwanted hair is something many of us are just predisposed to get. And while you can try to wax it or shave it off, these methods aren’t great in the long term. But what about laser hair removal? If it’s something you’ve been thinking about, then here is what you need to know.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is the process of applying a laser directly to the skin. The laser is designed to latch on to the hair follicles it passes over (it’s attracted to the melanin pigment in the hair follicle). Once the laser passes over the follicles, it vaporizes the hairs instantly. Once you’ve gone through the procedure, you’ll notice your skin becomes smooth and soft without any more hair to worry about!
Overview Of The Procedure
The procedure is quick and straightforward. A laser is concentrated onto your skin to remove the hairs in the affected area. You can discuss with the specialist which areas you’d like to remove the hairs from, and they’ll make sure to only take away the hairs from the areas you suggest.
Whether it’s because you want to feel more comfortable in your skin or because your doctor has recommended it to you, the procedure is perfectly safe. It’s worth noting here that the procedure is most effective for lighter-skinned people with darker hair. It is easy to detect darker hairs and struggles to detect lighter ones (so there may be better options if you’re gray or blonde).
Types Of Laser Hair Removal
Now that we’ve seen how laser treatment works let’s look at the types you can come across.
- Intense pulsed light therapy (ideal for light skin and light hair)
- Alexandrite (shorter wavelength makes it ideal for olive skin)
- Nd:YAG (longer infrared wavelengths make this ideal for darker-skinned patients)
Even if you don’t meet the criteria of light skin and dark hair for the primary laser hair removal procedure, one of these types will hopefully still work well for you! There are always options out there, and they’re guaranteed to please!
The results of laser hair removal are typically very good. The eradication of the hair is largely permanent (>95%) though there can be some amount or hair regrowth over time. Most patients do need to do 8 full treatments spaced between 4-6 weeks from each other to be able to get to full hair reduction. However, even with hair that does regrow, it tends to be lighter and less noticeable than before the treatment.
Hopefully now you have a better understanding about laser hair removal and how it works. It’s a great option for longer term hair removal and the procedure for you is very straight forward. If you’d like to talk to a professional to get a better understanding before finally taking the plunge, then you need to call Glow Aesthetic Center in Encino.
At Glow Aesthetic Center, we strive to provide the best possible treatment. Call (818) 905-8815 or fill out the form on our Contact or Book an Appointment pages to schedule a consultation. Unwanted hair will soon be a thing of the past!