How Effective is Laser Hair Removal?

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2015
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laser hair removalThere are several ways to remove unwanted hair on the body: shaving, waxing, tweezing, and, of course, depilatory creams. The problem with all of those hair removal methods is the temporary nature of the results. And you have to deal with the itchy, ingrown hairs from shaving and the three-week wait before you can have the unwanted hairs waxed again. Luckily, there’s laser hair removal!

The basics
Laser hair removal utilizes infrared light to eliminate unwanted hair by targeting the pigment in the hair follicles. The light is converted to heat as it hits the target area resulting in follicular destruction. Since hair in various parts of the body may undergo various stages (there are primarily four stages of hair growth), a couple of sessions may be necessary to completely get rid of the unwanted hair. Hair follicles that are in the anagen (active growth) phase have the greatest amount of melanin (pigment), which makes it the ideal time to remove unwanted hair. That’s why more than one visit is required to get rid of all your unwanted hair.

Does It really work?
There is no doubt that laser hair removal is effective in the permanent reduction of unwanted hair. Individuals with a combination of lighter skin and darker hair get the most benefit as the infrared light won’t be absorbed by adjacent skin areas, the hairs will get all the energy.

It takes usually six to eight treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to enjoy the full effects of laser hair removal. Each individual may respond differently, however, depending on skin tone and hair color. Hormones are also believed to influence the results.

Visit Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today to learn more about your laser hair removal options. Call us at (302) 656-0214 to set up an appointment.

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