Don't Get Caught the Cross Hairs Of Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is a frequently requested procedure by both men and women who are tired of shaving, waxing, or painfully tweezing hair from various places on their bodies.

Where other methods of removing unwanted hair are temporary, laser technology offers a long-term or, in some cases, permanent solution.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

During a laser hair removal treatment, a specially designed laser beam is directed toward the target area where the hair is to be removed.  This beam, or directed pulse, passes through the skin to the hair follicle. The pigment or coloring in the hair absorbs the heat. The laser causes no damage to the skin, but destroys the follicle (the place from which hair grows).  Lasers for hair removal use a low-energy beam which is adjusted for skin color and to the color, thickness, and location of the hair that is to be removed.

The Length of Each Laser Hair Removal Treatment

How long a treatment takes depends on the area being treated and the amount of hair to be removed. The laser treats many hair follicles at a time, which means faster results.  Facial areas, a bikini line, or underarms can usually be treated in less than 20 minutes.  Larger areas such as the legs or back will take longer, sometimes up to two hours, for a great deal of hair covering a large section of the back.

Number of Treatments Needed

Hair grows in cycles.  A laser treatment targets the hairs that are in an active growth cycle.  Hairs returning to the area that was initially treated are those that were not in active growth at the time.  These hairs can appear lighter both in color and texture.  When you have your next hair removal treatment, the laser will target those that are now in the active growth cycle.

Most people require up to eight treatments to fully remove the unwanted hair from any part of their bodies.

Best Candidates for Laser Hair Removal

The best candidate for laser hair removal is a patient with dark hair.  Candidate can be of different skin types/ethnicities but the provider must have the appropriate laser for darker skin types to prevent injury to the skin.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon