Almost everyone has heard of laser hair removal by now, but how much do you actually know about it? The following is a look at what it is and how well it works.
As indicated in the name, laser hair removal uses a burst of laser light to kill the hair. The laser is attracted to melanin, thus if the hair is dark a larger amount of the light is drawn to it and is more likely to kill it. The hairs that have been affected should fall out shortly after treatment.
You are best suited for laser hair removal if you have dark hair and light skin. Those with light hair or dark skin most likely should not undergo the treatment. The center you go to will also advise you to avoid any sunbathing while the treatment is ongoing.
Many people will experience some degree of discomfort when undergoing this treatment. It has been likened to the snap of a rubber band against the skin, and is usually not considered too unpleasant. For those who feel significantly more discomfort there are numbing creams that can be applied about an hour before treatment.
There are several phases of hair growth, and different follicles will be in different phases at the time of treatment. Due to this, it will be necessary for you to have several treatments to target every hair in the correct phase and see the results you want.
The FDA has classified laser hair removal as a method of permanent hair reduction, not removal, so you may still have some hairs in the area. Over time you may also see some amount of regrowth. In a few cases, complete regrowth occurs. Many clinics have a year of free touchups, or similar offers so be sure to ask.
There is some risk involved with laser hair removal. While it is rare, some people will experience burns or hyperpigmentation of the treated skin. Ask your provider any questions you might have and find out what their percentages of complications are.
Laser hair removal can be a great, effective way for you to remove your unwanted hair, but it is important to know the facts and choose a qualified professional to administer it.