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Laser Hair Removal — is it for me?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Laser hair removal is a great replacement for shaving , plucking or waxing excess hair, and a great choice for men and women. Laser hair removal is the most common cosmetic procedure in U.S. reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons — chest, back and shoulders for men and under arms, legs and bikini area for women.

A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the hair follicle at its base . This will cause the hair to fall out or become finer and much less noticeable over time. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years, as the results vary.

Lasers can remove unwanted hair quickly and reliably. Lasers for hair removal target dark pigmentations and as a result they may not be the best choice for very light colored hair, gray, or white. Avoiding tanning and excessive sun exposure is a no-no before a laser treatment, since darker skin absorbs the light before it can reach the follicles.

Generally most people will need 6-8 treatments to experience 80% to 90% of permanent hair reduction. Because of hair growth cycle we recommend appointments scheduled 4 weeks apart for face and 6 week for other areas.

Ouch factor: it depends on the area of the body the laser hair removal is being done. Also depending on a person’s pain tolerance, lasers can feel like a gentle pinch or the snap of a rubber band. Numbing creams can lessen the discomfort.