What is Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal (LHR) is a cosmetic treatment that has been commercially available since the 1990s. In the intervening thirty years this technology has improved immensely, contributing to the growing popularity of this service.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work
LHR works by targeting the dark color of hair, “zapping” the hair and follicle which eliminates the ability to produce new hair. The laser is ineffective on white, blonde, grey, or red hair –the darker the color, the better! Depending on the laser used, LHR is available for all skin tones and colors.
What Should You Know About Laser Hair Removal
With LHR, you will typically find that treatments are sold in packages of six (at minimum) and are spaced 4-8 weeks apart, depending on the part of the body being treated. This is because only a fraction of hair will be available in the Active Stage—the period of which hair can be “killed” in a treatment. Results typically range about 80-90% of reduction within those six treatments, however everyone’s results may vary. In darker skin types more treatments may be necessary due to limited contrast between the skin and darkness of the hair.
The Three Stages in the Hair Growth Cycle
For every hair on the body, there are three stages in the Hair Growth Cycle:
- Active Stage
The hair is still attached to the follicle.
- Resting Stage
Hair detaches from the follicle waiting to be shed.
- Shedding Stage
Hair comes out to allow space for a new hair to grow (similar to when you brush your hair and strands naturally come out).
The laser will impact the Active Stage, damaging the hair follicle so it can no longer produce new strands. While only the hairs targeted in the Active Stage will not return, the other hair is still affected and will appear lighter, thinner, and grow slower between treatments.
The Result and Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
While not as painful as waxing or sugaring (temporary options that become expensive over time), LHR can be uncomfortable during the treatment. The experience is similar to a rubber band snap. But for those of us who have experienced this and want less hair, it is so worth it! LHR can also be done on almost every area of the body; we do not treat the inside of the ears and nostrils. Depending on the area, LHR is a quick treatment and has very little to no down time. Once the treatment is done, you may experience some redness in the area, puffy follicles, and possibly some minimal sensitivity in the area treated but that’s it! If you want a permanent reduction, laser hair removal is the way to go!
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