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What Is Laser Hair Removal And How Does It Work?

Sep 14, 2008
At its simplest, laser hair reduction is the process of using a laser - a high-intensity ray of light - to target hair root cells, causing the hair to molt and in time preventing regrowth.

The coloring in the hair follicle is the target of the laser used in hair removal, and for this reason laser hair reduction is less effectual on white, gray or extremely blonde hair. However, there are specialist laser hair reduction treatments that can be used for nearly all hair types.

The lasers used in hair removal treatment work their magic best on new, baby hairs. This is why, when you arrange your laser hair removal sessions, you will need to make a number of appointments. After the first treatment you will see hair growing back - these are the next set of hairs that need to be treated.

This is why the timetable of laser hair reduction treatments are so important - most people will need at least three sessions of laser treatment, and you should ensure that you follow your doctor or beauty therapist's schedule closely to get the best results.

Laser hair removal laser treatment are probably the most effectual way of stopping or at least managing unwanted hair growth, but it is important to realize that no hair removal process is faultless. Laser hair removal is unlikely to remove all your hair in the treatment area permanently - most people have some hair reappearance within a year - but the good news is that hairs that do grow back are likely to be paler and more delicate, and will also respond more quickly and effectively to repeat laser hair reduction.

Are there any risks associated with laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal can be safely used on all body parts, including legs, back, stomach and even the sensitive skin of the bikini line and the face.

Lasers are highly powerful rays of light and they can harm tissue - however, the lasers used in hair removal are specially designed to pass safely through the skin, targeting the pigmented cells at the root cells of the hairs, underneath the surface, without damaging the surrounding tissue and the skin.

There are a few contra-indications, or circumstances in which a physician or a qualified beautician will recommend you to wait before commencing hair removal by laser. These include inflammation in the body parts you wish to have hair removal performed on, and if you have recently had certain acne treatments.

Is laser hair removal right for me?

Laser hair removal is suitable for the vast majority of people and most are highly satisfied with the end results.
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