Laser Hair Removal: A Basic Understanding
Laser hair removal is one of the newest
cosmetic procedures available today. The process is to permanently
remove hair from any part of your body that you wish by the
use of a light at a designated wavelength, which is projected
into the skin by way of a laser hand held instrument.
What the laser accomplishes, after it's reached into the interior
of the skin, is to focus on the hair's pigment. The laser
destroys the follicle of the hair but does not damage the
remaining hair tissue around it.
While laser hair removal can be quite effective and has been
so for many, it is new, and, as compared with older hair removal
treatments, relatively untested. What this means is that we
really don't know yet just how safe or unsafe it might be
and the potential for side effects. The other issue with the
newness of this laser hair removal process is that no one
has used it for long enough to have continuity of statistics
that would indicate the rate of response to the laser hair
removal treatment and the rate at which the hair grows back
after each laser hair removal treatment.
Two of the most important elements to consider in qualifying
potential laser hair removal candidates are skin color and
1. Skin Colour. Light skin makes laser hair removal easier
to perform. Due to the lighter pigmentation, the laser hair
removal results happen more quickly. Fewer treatments are
required, and better, faster results are obtained. People
with darker skin can be treated, but results are slower. They
just have to be content with the knowledge that it will take
longer to see results and a greater number of treatments are
probably going to be needed.
2. Hair Colour. Laser hair removal works best on dark hair.
The reason for the difference is the pigment pheomelanin,
which is found only in red or blonde hair. It is very hard
for a laser to penetrate pheomelanin. On the other hand, the
laser goes easily through eumelanin, the pigment found in
black and brown hair.
Treatment costs can add up to more than $1,000 as multiple
treatment sessions may be necessary to obtain optimal results.
This is largely due to the fact that laser hair removal is
most effective for hair which is in the anagen phase (the
growth phase). Since hair grows in cycles, not all of the
hairs are in the anagen phase at any given time. Thus, more
sessions are necessary to target hairs while they are in anagen.
How much and how long an individual respond to complete hair
removal by laser hair removal differ from case to case. So,
no hair removal clinics can guarantee 100% permanent results
by a certain period. Consumers are nevertheless well advised,
to consult with licensed professional and reputable laser
hair removal centers.
About the author:
Kathlene Capelle is a writer for beauty
tips and advice. She believes in harnessing one’s inner and
outer beauty for self confidence and achievement to the fullest
potential. For more articles, tips and resources, please visit
her site at http://www.Hair-Removal-Central.com
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