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Lasers bring hair removal into a new century

In the last few decades, lasers have gone from the realm of science fiction to the world of high technology to being a part of our everyday lives - even part of our personal care routine.
Laser hair removal began 10 years ago, but hair removal laser technology has really progressed in the last five years.
Like pulsed light and electrolysis, lasers can effectively remove unwanted body hair, but it is safer for darker skin colors than pulsed light and is far faster than electrolysis.
Virtually everyone, at one point in their lives, has suffered from unwanted hair. Whether you have hair on your legs, face, back, bikini line or anywhere else on your body, chances are you've tweezed, plucked, shaved, waxed or even tried electrolysis.
Laser hair removal is making electrolysis obsolete by offering a faster, less painful solution to unwanted hair.
Laser treatment targets the dark color of the melanin pigment in the hair follicle. Thus, the root of the hair is compromised with little effect on the skin and surrounding tissue.
Since melanin is only produced during the growth phase, the laser light must target the hair follicle during the appropriate portion of cycle. Even in one given body part, not all follicles are in the growth phase of the cycle at the same time. Thus, these treatments need to be repeated at strategically spaced intervals over the course of the hair cycles. This assures us of subsequent hair growth prevention and that the hair follicles are disabled.
The laser hair removal procedure not only removes hair above the skin, but also makes sure you no longer see the dark hairs beneath the skin's surface.

What types of hair color and skin color can be treated?

While laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any skin color and hair type, hair color is the most important factor. The light emitted from the laser is attracted to the melanin, or dark pigment, in the hair follicle. This means that dark hair is treated most effectively. Treatments performed on red, blonde and gray hair are not generally as effective

What are the risks?

Laser hair removal is a lunch-time procedure, with no recovery time. Patients can return to work or play immediately. Since these lasers do not remove skin, the risks are low. As with any procedure, every patient should make sure he or she is fully informed before undergoing treatment.
How old do you have to be for laser hair removal?
There really is no age limit, but young people who are not finished growing will develop new hair as they grow, and will require touch-ups to maintain the results. Gray hair will not respond to laser.

Is it painful?

Everyone's pain tolerance is different. People have compared it to a rubber band snap against the skin. Compared to waxing, the treatment has very little discomfort. If you do find it uncomfortable, a TAC (Triple Anesthetic Cream) can be applied to the skin prior to treatment. TAC is particularly helpful for men's beards, women's full Brazilians and any areas where the hair is dark and very coarse.

Facial procedures

Millions of women are embarrassed because of unsightly facial hair. Some women have taken such painstaking measures to consistently conceal facial hair that even their significant other or closest friend remains unaware. They tweeze, shave, bleach or wax on a regular basis. In addition to being painful, there is a great deal of skin irritation and often permanent damage being caused by these repetitive methods.

Laser is the greatest weapon

Laser facial hair removal in women is one of the most popular procedures, especially for hair on the chin and upper lip.
It is fast, easy and more comfortable than other methods like waxing or electrolysis. The best part is you do not need to grow out the hair for effective treatment, which has always been a negative with other methods. Although a complete treatment will require standard multiple visits, generally, after the very first treatment, you will notice a significant difference.
Moreover, the laser hair removal procedures not only remove hair above the skin, but also make sure you no longer see the dark hairs beneath the skin's surface.

What happens as we age?

Female facial hair tends to worsen with age. This is because as a woman's skin ages, many facial hairs convert from the essentially invisible type (vellus hairs), which generally cover our face naturally, to the larger, more obtrusive terminal hairs. This is often seen on men as well, especially on their ears.

Other hair removal methods

Depilatory creams. These creams work by dissolving hair at the base of the follicle. They are better suited for widespread and less sensitive areas like the legs, but can be problematic when used on the face, because they irritate the skin and often don't remove all of the hair.
Depilatory creams are relatively inexpensive. However, on the average, results will last for one to two weeks before one needs to repeat the procedure.

Electrolysis. This procedure uses low-level electricity to render the hair follicles inactive. Results last longer than with waxing and depilatory creams, but the process is time consuming, costly and can be painful due to the hair-by-hair removal process.
Often, it takes years of repetitive treatment to achieve the desired result. Finding a reputable practitioner is important, because electrolysis, when performed incorrectly, can cause scarring. If you do opt for electrolysis treatment, make sure your practitioner uses a new needle for each session.

Tweezing. Some women choose to tweeze unwanted hairs, but this isn't an ideal solution, because repeated plucking can cause irritation of the hair follicle. On darker-skinned women, tweezing may result in scarring. Unless you have just a few stray hairs that occasionally pop up, avoid tweezing or plucking unwanted hair.

Waxing. This has been one of the most popular solutions for hair removal. Generally, it's an effective method to remove hair on the upper lip and fine vellus hair on the sides of the face, but it's not recommended for the chin area where hair tends to be more coarse.
Waxing may also be problematic for darker-skinned women, who sometimes experience discoloration due to irritation and inflammation. Depending on your hair type, waxing results only last from two to six weeks and often require you to grow out the hair in between treatments.

Additional treatments

Underarm hair removal. Patients can forego the chore of daily shaving, while avoiding underarm rash and razor burn. Even the dark hairs previously seen under the skins surface will be gone. Underarm hair removal by laser is quick and simple, often taking less than 10 minutes.

Smooth legs. Leg hair removal by laser medical experts looks and feels smoother than shaving. The process is more cost effective than waxing in the long run. Please remember, you should allow an hour for full hair removal treatment for both legs.

Eyebrow hair removal. Women not only tweeze to get rid of rogue eyebrow hairs, but routinely perform eyebrow shaping as part of their routine beauty regimen. Virtually everyone who has ever plucked their brow has teared up from the pain.
Permanent eyebrow hair removal with laser can not only rid you of stray and unwanted hairs, but also give you a neat and natural shape to your brow. Remember that laser eyebrow hair removal is not amenable to shaping or sculpting the brow, but is great for refining the outline and targeting stray or out-of-place hairs above, below and between the natural eyebrow line.
When using laser for eyebrow hair removal, treatment is relatively painless and completed in about 15 minutes. After treatment, one may expect slight irritation of the delicate skin surrounding the brow. This is the equivalent of a mild sunburn that should reside in two to seven days.

Bikini lines. Bikini line pubic hair removal procedure is one of the most sought after hair removal procedures. This area is one of the easiest and fastest areas to treat, with most of these laser procedures being completed in just 10 minutes.
Usually, following your second treatment, the painful shaving bumps and razor burn will start to disappear, and ultimately, even the dark hair that was visible under the skin after shaving will be a thing of the past. Laser specialists can remove as little or as much hair as you wish, while paying particular attention to your comfort. Some practitioners offer such specialty services as full Brazillians to Flair-Dos, a personalized permanent design of the bikini area.

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