What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal

New laser technology specifically designed to remove unwanted hair.

In the past, the usual remedies for unwanted hair were plucking shaving, waxing, or chemical depilatories. Some are painful, some are messy, and all are only temporary.

For long-term hair removal, electrolysis is popular and effective, but can be painful and slow. Hair by hair, an electric current passes through the needle to destroy the hair root's ability to grow. It typically takes months or even years of regular visits, even for small areas, like the upper lip.

Now there's a more effective solution: Laser technology specifically designed to remove unwanted hair faster, less painfully, and more reliably than electrolysis.

A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Only certain types of lasers produce the kind of energy that will permanently disable the hair follicle. The Laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling several follicles at the time to permanently eliminate or significantly impede the hair's growth.

The length of a laser session may be a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. Hair has both an active and dormant growth phase. Because the hair follicles that are in the active growth phase are more susceptible to the laser light, several treatments every 4-8 weeks will be required for best results.

Laser treatment itself may cause a slight stinging sensation. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. But because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, topical anesthesia is always available.

The appearance of the treated area immediately after the treatment session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of the treatment and skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time. Most people return to normal activities right away.

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