With laser hair removal fast becoming one of the most popular ways to lose unsightly hair on your body, with over 70 percent of males and 80 percent of females undergoing the treatment. This is due to the fact that after 6 to 10 treatments the hair can be permanently removed, with a success rate of 85 percent and 99 percent. Laser light is instantly attracted to hair follicles of a dark color, so the darker your hair, the more chance of success will occur. Your hair follicles are exposed to pulses of laser light which destroys their chances of regrowth, thus removing your unwanted hair.
What About Traditional Methods Of Hair Removal?
Traditionally both male and females have used waxing, plucking and shaving to remove hair, along with depilatory creams. Although these methods do remove hair from the body, they are only temporary ways of doing so, and quite often they end up irritating the skin and in some cases, seriously damaging it. Waxing can cause damage to the skin surface while being painful, while depilatory creams are often toxic and in some cases, will make the hair regrow quicker as it does not affect the hair follicle itself. Laster treatment is non-invasive, gentle, free of any chemicals and will keep hair away in the long run.
How Does It Work?
You will need to prepare first, so make sure if you have been bleaching your hair you stop instantly and allow it to regrow in its natural state. Apart from this, there is no further preparation required, bar shaving the area you want to be removed the night before and avoiding all use of deodorants and skin products. Laser hair removal is customized to your hair color and skin type and works by being moved over the area requiring treatment, with short pulses of light-energy. This heats the hair to a point where it can no longer regrow.
Is It Painful
When it comes to comparing laser hair removal to waxing, you will find that it is a much more pleasant process and less damaging to your skin. You only feel short bursts of heat to the hair follicles, with many people describing it as a tingling feeling. Most treatments take less than 20 minutes, with some as short as 5 minutes and others up to an hour. The number of treatments you undergo will also be dependent upon the color and thickness of your hair, with around 6-10 treatments being enough to move the hair. Treatment should be scheduled every 4-6 weeks, to make sure the hair becomes thinner, with less hair regrowth. Once the procedure is done, you can return back to what you were doing as there is no downtime at all. You will note that your treatment works instantly, leaving you with silky smooth skin. Even though the hair regrows after a few weeks it will be fewer and finer in nature with each visit.
If you are interested in learning more about laser hair removal make sure you book a consultation with Dr. Scott Newman who will explain in more detail how it works and how it may benefit you.