10 Apr Laser Hair Removal
One of the most popular treatments out there is laser Hair removal. Would you like to know a bit more about that?
For all those people who are fed up of removing hair from the wrong places, laser hair removal is a good choice. Personally I don’t care for waxing and the umpteen other home remedies around. I think if you have a scientifically sound solution and the technology available for it, then why not opt for it.
So what does laser hair removal do? We have concentrated light or laser beams that focus only on the melanin/pigment in the hair follicle. So ideally a fair skinned person with dark hair is the best patient. Why? Because we have pigment both in our hair as well as our skin. The more the contrast between the pigment in the hair and the pigment in the skin, the better the laser picks out the hair and targets it. What happens when you have white hair? White hair has no melanin in its hair root ad so the laser cannot pick it up…and no, hair dyes do not increase melanin in the hair follicle. So get your removal done before it turns white.
Generally your doctor would ask you to shave a day or two before the procedure. Your skin is always more sensitive with Lasers so people who go in for laser hair removal must use a good sunscreen esp on treated areas. There are so many lasers on the market and most of them work well. The important thing is knowing which laser will work for which skin type. And your doctor should help you with that. The reason hair removal sometimes fails is because the right equipment for your skin has not been used. Because if the correct temperature for the correct time is used, then generally the hair follicle should go.
Why do we need several sessions? The hair you have is not all the same. Some of it is growing, some resting and some dead and about to fall off. Lasers only target the growing hair. So every time you go for a session only around 30% of your hair has actually responded. After 4-6weeks your body will grow a fresh cycle of hair that responds . Again around 30% of that will be damaged…and so on. Most people need around 6 sessions.
For a very small minority out there, if you have excessive hair growth sometimes it could be because of a hormonal issue and its worth getting that checked out first.