Laser Hair Reduction
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What is Laser Hair Reduction?
Laser hair reduction is a procedure by which hair is removed from the body by utilizing an Intense Pulse Light Laser. The laser parameters are carefully defined by studying the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the laser light and the pulse duration to the follicle size, depth and location to inhibit the regrowth of the hair.
Laser hair reduction is performed by a specially-trained laser specialist who distributes the light of a long pulse laser onto the skin. The laser works buy disabling hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, several treatments are necessary to disable all of the follicles in a given area.
A set of at least 6 - 8 treatments at specified intervals are generally necessary to achieve substantial hair removal with laser.
Who is a good Candidate for Laser Hair Reduction?
Both men and women seek laser hair removal services to have unwanted hair removed. Hair removal is commonly done on the hairline, top of the nose, lip, chin, ear lobe, shoulders, back, underarms, abdomen, buttocks, pubic area, bikini lines, thighs, face, neck, breasts, arms, legs, hands and toes.
Treatment works best on pale skin and dark coarse hair
Laser works best on pale skin and dark coarse hair. The closer you are to this combination the better the results will generally be. Lasers work by being attracted to and targeting the dark pigment in the skin. The laser will disable hairs that are in their active growth cycle at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, several treatments are necessary to disable all of the follicles in a given area.
How many treatments will I need?
Most people need at least 6 - 8 initial treatments spaced 6 - 10 weeks apart for areas below the neck of 4 - 5 weeks for areas on the face. This is because hair grows in three phases and can only be killed in the first "anagen" active growing phase. Several treatments are needed to target ALL hair in the active growth phase.
How should I prepare for a treatment?
You should shave the area to be treated the day before. No waxing or removing hair by the root in any other way is allowed 4 - 6 weeks before and throughout the course of treatment as hair needs to be in place to be targeted by the laser.
What should I expect after a treatment?
After treatment is completed you should apply aloe vera to soothe the skin for a few days. Within 2 - 3.5 weeks post treatment, you should experience shedding of all treated hair. At first, hair will look like it's growing back in, but is just coming through the skin to shed.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
The laser is virtually painless. A cold pack is applied to the skin during treatment, and the laser head is cooled with a cryospray to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
The general opinion is that laser hair removal is permanent, and it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as "permanent reduction", but it doesn't work on everyone. Generally this means that you shouldn't expect treatments to remove every single hair from any area. Remaining hair may be too fine for laser to target and you will reach diminishing returns. Most people need touch-up treatments 1 - 2 times a year after the initial set of treatments for any new growth your body develops with age and hormonal changes.
What are the possible risks and side effects?
The possibility exists that some side effects can occur given various variables including: pain, scarring, bruising, swelling, redness, pupura (purple colouring of the skin), and on tanned areas a blistering or hypo/hyper pigmentation.