Laser Hair Removal
Unwanted hair can be a nuisance. Shaving is a hassle, and you may have to do it nearly every day, with the associated hazards of nicks and razor burn. If you choose waxing, then you have to do it every few weeks, and it can be uncomfortable. Many women would like a more permanent solution to get rid of unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal is that solution. This is a painless procedure that can remove hair from a particular area permanently. Women may choose to have laser hair removal on the face (where unwanted hair is particularly concerning for those women who have it), underarms, bikini area, legs, or any other problematic area.
First Laser Session
When you come for a session of laser hair removal, the hair in the area will first be shaved. Next, you’ll have a cooling gel applied to your skin. Then the laser device is activated over the area, just for a fraction of a second. The laser sends a strong light into the hair, which heats it up. The hair is darker than the surrounding skin, so it absorbs more light and gets hotter.
The cooling gel also protects your skin from the laser, but since the hair follicles are deep inside the skin, they aren’t affected by the cooling gel. The heat damages the follicles, destroying their ability to grow new hairs. It takes a little while for the current hairs to fall out, but after they do, new ones won’t grow in the treated follicles.
To permanently remove hair from an area of the body, several sessions of laser hair removal are needed. This is because the treatment only works on hair follicles that are active at that time. Hair follicles normally grow hair for a period, then go into a resting phase. The hair sheds at the beginning of the resting phase, and the follicle waits for a while before starting to grow a new one. Once the follicle is in its resting phase, laser hair removal won’t work on it. You need to have several treatments, spaced a few weeks apart, to make sure that you catch nearly every follicle during its active phase.
For many women, laser hair removal will provide a dramatic reduction of unwanted hair, to the point where it’s not noticeable anymore. It may not completely remove every hair forever, especially for people who have a hormonal imbalance that’s causing too much hair growth, but it will still make a huge difference. Most people who have laser hair removal are very satisfied with the results. If you’re tired of shaving or waxing to get rid of your unwanted hair, the expert medical esthetics team at FEMME can help with laser hair removal.