Do you love the feel of smooth silky skin? Are you tired of plucking, shaving, or waxing? Hair removal is tiresome. Either way, trying to get the look you want is a chore. It doesn’t have to be anymore.
Laser Hair removal is quickly becoming the most sought after form of permanent hair removal or reduction. It is a fast and fairly inexpensive way to get rid of the unwanted hair you have. It helps you avoid constantly dealing with unwanted hair. You may never have to deal with stubble or razor burn again. It is a great option for men and women alike. Men enjoy the procedure for their neck, chest, shoulders and backs.
Hair follicles are about ⅛ an inch under your skin’s surface. There is a bulb at the bottom with the bulge under it. This is the area that controls your hair’s growth. You need to be able to selectively damage that area to stop future growth. There are two types of hair in these areas. One is vellus and is also called peach fuzz. The other is terminal and is fully developed hair and ranges in color. The color of the hair determines if it will be difficult for the laser to treat. Darker hair has melanin called eumelanin. The more eumelanin the darker the hair. Red and blonde hair have pheomelanin. Selective absorption of photons of laser light by the different types of melanin cause it to be easier or more difficult to treat. The darker and more coarse the hair, the easier it is to remove.
Hair growth cycles
Did you know that your hair grows in cycles? There are three phases in which your hair may currently be. Anagen phase is the hair that you see on your body. This is active growth. Your hair can also be in the regressing or catagen phase. It may also be in the resting or telogen phase. Hairs in these two phases don’t respond to permanent hair removal treatments. This is why we recommend that treatments be performed over a period of time so that all of the hair can be treated in the active stage. Everyone’s hair growth is different. Most people do require 4-8 procedures to have the desired effect from laser hair removal. Laser hair removal involves selective photothermolysis. This is the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration on a specific tissue with minimal effect on the nearby tissue. Lasers can cause narrow damage by selectively heating melanin and the basal stem cells in the follicle The rest of the skin will not be heated. The damage will hopefully be permanent. As discussed above, it may take several treatments to treat the targeted areas.
Facial and body hair grows differently. They have different cycles of growth. Again, we want to treat the areas in the active or anagen phase. Several sessions are needed to attack the follicles in the anagen phase. The time between treatments can depend on the color, type and location of the hair. For instance, facial hair may need only a 4-6 week waiting period. Body hair may need a 6-8 week waiting period. You may be able to lengthen the time needed between treatments after the first three treatments.
Length of treatment time
Your time for treatment will depend on the area of hair that you have chosen to remove. Larger areas like the legs or back may take up to an hour or more. Smaller areas such as the upper lip or chin only take a few minutes.
Who is candidate
Anyone is a good candidate for laser hair removal. The darker and more coarse your hair, the easier and quicker the removal process will be. You can still get good regardless of the type of hair. You don’t need to grow your hair out prior to treatment, but you need to not pluck or wax your hair. These processes remove the hair follicle temporarily. This will make the treatment ineffective as it is targeting the base of the follicle. Any area of your body can be treated by laser hair removal. The only places that can not be treated are the inside of the ears and nose and right around the eye. Tanning can also impact the length of treatment. The higher level of melanin will absorb some of the laser energy that being directed to the melanin in your hair follicles resulting in the decrease of the effectiveness of the treatment. It can also increase unintended side effects such as skin discoloration and minor burns. Your darker skin can still be treated with lower energy levels, but you may need more treatments with the lower levels. You may want to avoid treatment if you are currently pregnant. You may also want to avoid treatment if you have used Accutane within 6 months or are on a photosensitizing medication. We will give you a comprehensive consultation and determine if laser hair removal is the best choice for you.
Is laser hair removal permanent? For the most part, yes. There are a number of reasons that it may not be as effective. One of these reasons is hormonal influences on new hair growth like teenagers and women in menopause. Also there are varying individual responses to treatment. There are also a small percentage of hair follicles that just get shocked into long-term dormancy instead of being disabled like the majority of the follicles. It is sometimes necessary to come in for a single maintenance treatment every 6 – 9 months after the initial treatment. The FDA requires the removal to be called “permanent reduction” instead of removal because of these reasons. Most people are very happy with the results they see from the procedure. Call today and let us meet with you and make a plan to end your chore of temporary hair removal.