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Let’s Get Familiar with Laser Hair Removal!

Posted by Ann V. On 2018 Jan 15th

Let’s Get Familiar with Laser Hair Removal!

Unwanted hairs sit on the throne of your body like a cruel king. Many wars have been fought against him, but he come back again and again showing his authority on your body. There is a need of great warrior who can uproot these unwanted hairs from the body. A trend is in rise and reaching the shore of world with strength. Let’s welcome LASER treatment to get rid of these unwanted hairs.

There are many traditional methods to remove the unwanted hairs like waxing, shaving, etc but laser hair removal treatment is gaining popularity and 82% of American Women have undergone laser hair removal procedure in 2009. If we talk about Google, the most searched term amongst waxing, shaving and laser hair removal is shaving followed by waxing and laser hair removal. But Laser treatment is running fast to chase them and cross them soon.

But what actually is Laser Hair removal treatment? Let’s get familiar with it and know it more.

Working of Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Selective Photothermolysis (SPTL) is the basic principle behind the working of Laser hair removal treatment. A specific wavelength of light matches with pulse duration to obtain the optical effect on a targeted issue making sure that the surrounding area gets minimum or no damage.

The heat energy emitted by the laser is absorbed by the skin and penetrated deep down the root of each hair strand, damaging the follicle.

Some facts about Laser Hair removal Treatment

  • Dark hair and Light skin is the perfect combination

Although laser have shown effective results on both darker and lighter skin, but dark hair and light skin is most preferred combination. The pulses of light are emitted through laser and target the hair follicles. As sunlight is attracted to the darker clothing, same way the pigment of hair attracts the laser’s energy. This is the reason that this treatment works best with dark hair and a fair complexion.

But the treatment shows promising results for other combinations too. The concentrated beam of light directly transmits into pigment of hair follicles of light skin types, whereas with darker skins, the laser is attracted to the blood supply to the hair follicle. The laser thereby destroys the hair growth.

  • How permanent is permanent hair removal?

Laser hair removal is not specified as permanent hair removal treatment but it lies in the category of permanent removal of hair. There is a thin line difference between permanent hair removal and permanent hair reduction. According to the FDA, “permanent hair reduction” is defined as being the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime. The laser treatment offers permanent hair reduction.

Also, regular follow ups may be required for the areas with hair re-appearance. But the treatment is relatively safe, and there is minimum disruption on the skin surface.

  • How painful is the treatment?

The most common question that may float your mind after booking an appointment for laser treatment is whether it will hurt or not? But honestly, laser is not so pleasant experience. It does cause discomfort and pain level varies from person to person. At least expect a sensation of rubber band hitting your skin when you undergo the treatment.

Of women surveyed in USA, 48% of them experience mild pain from laser treatment and 36% women experienced moderate level of pain.

It is advised to use a numbing cream prior to the treatment which numbs the skin and make the process painless. Dr.Numb® is highly recommended topical cream for getting rid of pain.

  • Quick and precise

The laser only targets the pigmented area of the skin such as hair follicle. All the area surrounded by the hair follicle gets saved from burning issue, targeting only follicle and getting it burned.

Compared to any other traditional methods, laser hair removal treatment bags the first position when it comes to speed. Plenty of hairs can be treated at same time through a single pulse. Each second, a laser is transmitted; it can treat approximately the area equal to size of a quarter. To perform a treatment on underarm and Brazilian area, it only takes 20 minutes to perform the treatment. In nutshell, it’s a lunch-break treatment.

  • Does the season matter?

Sunlight is said to be the biggest enemy of your newly treated skin. Matthew Schulman, a NYC board certified plastic surgeon says, there always stand a chance of pigment changes or darkening and lightening of the skin with any type of laser.

This change in pigment is more prone in summer months when people are less careful with skin exposure.

You have opted to go ahead with laser removal treatment because you love your skin and are fed up from the hard-work regularly done on treating unwanted hairs. But before you move forward, it is important that you choose a good expert of this treatment, else results can be horrifying too as was in case of Anastasia Serdobintseva.

So be wise and do a thorough research before stepping in to a salon for laser hair removal treatment.