What is Laser Hair Removal?

Removing unwanted hair can often be extremely time consuming and painful. Shaving, waxing, and tweezing are effective forms of removing hair, but laser treatment can be much more effective with longer lasting results. One of the most used cosmetic procedures in the United States in the last century, involving the hair removal is the laser hair removal. Hair is removed by beaming a high concentrated light into the hair follicles where the follicles absorb the light, and the hair is destroyed. The intense wavelength of heat and light not only destroys the hair follicle, but it also inhibits hair growth in the future. Laser hair removal is meant to prevent future hair growth, but does not guarantee permanent hair removal. Individuals receive the best results once they have undergone several laser hair removal treatment.

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The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

One of its many benefits is the ability to target small or broad areas of the body. Laser hair removal can be done on most areas of the body that have hair. The ability to be so precise is another great advantage of laser hair removal. The lasers can selectively target areas where there is coarse, dark hair without damaging the skin around the treated area. During this treatment there is very minimal discomfort and is generally painless, unlike waxing. Laser hair removal is not a lengthy process making it even more desirable. A pulse of laser treatment has the width of about a quarter and only takes a fraction of a second. Therefore, it targets a great amount of hair at once, in a small amount of time. Smaller areas such as the chin or upper lip may be treated in as little as a minute. Larger treated areas such as arms, legs, or back can take as long as an hour. Ingrown hairs are a nuisance and can be extremely painful. They are most common in areas of the body that have been waxed or shaved. Luckily, laser hair treatment reduces the risk of any ingrown hairs. This is because when the hair grows back after the treatment, the hair grows back much thinner. The texture of the hair itself completely changes making ingrown hairs less likely. A majority of patients have the great benefit of successful hair free skin for about three to five sessions. Laser hair removal has been proven to be very effective. It can reduce the amount of body hair making your skin much more appealing and significantly smoother. Individuals seeking laser hair removal must keep in mind that laser hair treatment is meant to reduce the amount of hair, but has not been proven to permanently remove ALL hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is laser hair removal painful?

No, laser hair removal is not painful although there may be some discomfort. The only sensation you may feel is a small pinch when the laser is activated. Laser hair removal is much less painful in comparison to other methods of hair removal.

How many sessions will I need

The amount of treatment needed depends on the person. Most people are happy after four to six treatments. A small amount of patients may need more than eight treatments.