If you are interested in laser hair removal, you must first understand howit works and the technology and science behind it. Laser hair removaltechnology is the use of an invisible beam of light combined with a constantsource of heat. When the heatpenetrates the hair follicle, it destroys its roots disabling its ability togrow hair again, while still preserving the surrounding skin.
Although laser clinics, medical spas and plastic surgeon’s offices may usethe term permanent hair removal loosely, the FDA only endorses the term“permanent hair reduction” rather than permanent hair removal.
Here is my compiled list of facts andfiction on permanent hair reduction, a procedure that has risen to the #1requested aesthetic procedures:
Fiction: Laser hair removal is permanent. Laser hair removal technology provides a permanent reductionof hair growth up to 80-90% of the targeted area in the ideal patient, that iswhy we cannot say laser hair removal is permanent.
Fact: Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments. Hair grows inthree stages (growth, regression and resting) and hair must be in the growthstage in order to be effected by the lasers light. Since not all hairs areactively growing at the same time, several treatments are needed to target allhair in the active growth stage. Most areas require 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6weeks apart, depending on hair thickness and the area treated.
Fiction: Insurance covers laser hairremoval. Laser hair removal is an out-of-pocket procedure and is notseen as a medical necessity even when hair growth is related to hormonalimbalance.
Fact: Laser hair removal does not work on white, grey or blonde hair. Lasersuse laser light to create heat with the goal of targeting the dark melanin inthe hair follicle and destroying the hair follicle by its absorption of theheat. Treating white, grey,blonde, light red and even light brown hair with lasers has a low successfulrate due to the lack of melanin in the hair follicle.
Fiction: Any link between cancer and laser hair removal. Laser hairremoval devices use radiation that produces heat but does not penetrate farinto the skin or cause cell mutation. It is non-ionizing radiation which isdefined by the US Department of Labor as “a series of energy waves composed ofoscillating electric and magnetic fields traveling at the speed of light”.There has been no known connection between laser hair removal and cancer.
Fact: Laser hair removal saves money. Laserhair removal may seem expensive but over time laser hair removal costless. When the cost is stacked upwith the cost of continuous waxing, electrolysis, razors or other methods ofhair removal, the reduction in cost is mind boggling.
Fiction: All laser devices can be used forlaser hair removal. There are currently several types of lasers thathave been approved by the FDA for laser hair removal. The Alexandrite, Diode and Nd:YAG lasers offer versatilityin treatment modes with the Nd:YAG being the preferred choice of laser whentreating darker skin types. AlthoughRuby lasers and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) devices are still in use for laserhair removal, they are not as effective and have become less popular in recentyears.
Fact: Laser hair removal is the most state-of-the art method in removingunwanted hair. Lasers offer hair removal in a controlled and efficientmanner especially for large areas such as the back and full legs. Hair isremoved for longer and indefinite periods of time.
Fiction: Laser hair removal is painful. The feeling is not that of pain but discomfort. It feelslike rubber bands snapping against your skin and is tolerable to most people.
Simply stated, at the moment, laser hair removal is the most permanentsolution on the market offering patients as close to permanent results as theyare able to get.
Make your appointment now and be ready for your beach bikini soon.
For more information please visit the Luxxery page: