Despite being commercially available for over 20 years, many potential recipients of laser hair removal are unsure about the treatment procedure and whether they should consider using it. To answer these questions, we have put together a quick guide:
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted hair. The laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment melanin in the hair. The heat this light produces damages the hair follicles in the skin that produce hairs, inhibiting or delaying future hair growth.
The procedure does not stop hair growing indefinitely but delays hair growth for long periods.
Do I need more than one laser hair removal session?
Multiple treatments are needed for initial removal, and maintenance treatments may be required as well. It usually requires a series of two to six treatments. The intervals between these treatments will vary depending on the rate of hair growth in the area being treated.
Are there any side-effects?
There is a risk of side effects that will vary depending on skin type, hair colour and the type of treatment you are receiving. The most common side effects are skin irritation and pigment changes which can darken or lighten the affected skin. Both are temporary and usually disappear after several hours.
What are the benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
This treatment is mostly used to remove hair that is viewed as unaesthetically pleasing to the recipient. If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal is a long-term option that may be worth considering.
Common treatment locations are the legs, armpits, upper lip and the chin. However, it is possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area except the eyelid or surrounding area.
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Blog Post Author: William Frederick Bolton