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Your Guide to Laser Hair Removal  

Laser hair removal is a medical hair removal procedure which uses laser – an intense, pulsating beam of light.This is one of the fastest growing methods of removal of hair on the body.

The appeal of laser hair removal stems from the fact that it is effective, efficient, convenient, and has no side effects.

During laser hair removal, a laser beam is passed through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle which slows down future hair growth.

The laser treatment can be targeted anywhere on the body.

Common treatment locations are: legs, underarms, upper lip, chin, and bikini line.

It is possible to remove unwanted hair in any area except the eyes.

Hair color and skin type tend to influence the strength at which the laser hair removal will work. At first laser hair removal was most beneficial for people who had dark hair and light skin since the beam targets the melanin in the hair.

However, advancementin technology has made it feasible for people with dark skin to get effective treatment as well.

Molly edit: Laser hair removal is a non-invasive medical hair removal procedure which uses a laser – an intense, pulsating beam of light. This is one of the fastest methods of removal of hair on the body.

The appeal of laser hair removal stems from the fact that it is effective, efficient, convenient, and has no side effects.

During laser hair removal, a laser beam is targets individual hair follicles. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle which slows down future hair growth. The laser treatment can be treatedalmost anywhere on the body.

Common treatment locations are legs, underarms, upper lip, chin, and bikini line.

Hair colour and skin type tend to influence the strength at which the laser hair removal will work. At first laser hair removal was most beneficial for people who had dark hair and light skin since the beam targets the melanin in the hair.

However, advancement in technology has made it feasible for people with dark skin to get adequate treatment as well.

Preparing for the treatment

Laser hair removal is much more than just removing hair from your body. It is an actual medical procedure which means that you need to be in the care of a certified professional.

Make sure to review the certificates of the doctor who will be performing the treatment. Also make sure to do a thorough checkup and review of your own medical history to see if any of your conditions would react with the treatment.

Stay out of the sun as much as you can because a tan increases the risk of side effects. On top of this, sun exposure makes the laser less effective. Some doctors recommend that their patients stay out of the sun for six weeks at least.

Avoid plucking, waxing, or depilating your hair as this would disturb hair follicles and make the effect of laser treatment less visible.

Molly edit: Laser hair removal is much more than just removing hair from your body. It is a medical procedure which means that you need to be in the care of a certified professional.

Make sure to do a thorough checkup and review of your medical history to see if any of your conditions would react to the treatment.

Stay out of the sun as much as you can because a tan increases the risk of side effects. On top of this, sun exposure makes the laser less efficient. Some medical estheticians recommend that their patients stay out of the sun for six weeks.

Avoid plucking, waxing, or depilating your hair as this would disturb hair follicles and make the effect of laser treatment less visible.

What to expect?

Before the treatment starts, the medical estheticians will press a handheld laser instrument to your skin. Often depending on the type of the laser, a cooling device on the top of the instrument or a cooling gel would be used to protect the skin.

The hair in the area to be treated will be trimmed using scissors. You will be given special goggles to wear to protect your eyes from the laser beam. When the laser is activated it will pass through your skin to the tiny follicles where the hair growth originates.

The time taken for the treatment may depend on the area itself. If it is a small area like the upper lip then it might take a few minutes, otherwise,if it is your back then it might take hours.

The results of the treatment vary from person to person and the area treated. You would be advised by the doctors to take certain precautions for the treatment to heal.

Although hair removal effectively slows growth, it does not guarantee permanent hair removal. It would normally take multiple treatments to provide a longer hair free period.

Molly edit: Before the treatment starts, the medical estheticians will press a handheld laser instrument to your skin. Often depending on the type of the laser, a cooling device on the top of the apparatus or a cooling gel would be used to protect the skin.

You will be given special goggles to wear to protect your eyes from the laser beam. When the laser is activated, it will pass through your skin to the tiny follicles where the hair growth originates.

The time taken for the treatment may depend on the area itself. If it is a small area like the upper lip, then it might take a few minutes, otherwise, if it is your back then it might take an hour.

The results of the treatment vary from person to person, and the area treated. You would be advised by the medical estheticians to take certain precautions for the treatment to heal.

Although hair removal efficiently slows growth, it does not guarantee permanent hair removal. It would typically take multiple treatments to provide a longer hair-free period.