Laser hair reduction only affects the currently active growing hair follicles, and multiple treatments are needed to damage the hair in all phases of growth. Depending on the type of hair and skin color, you should be able to get long-term reduction of hair in a minimum of seven treatments, with three to eight weeks between sessions. As long as a high enough temperature is generated and maintained, the basal stem cells on the follicle that cause hair growth will be successfully destroyed. The principle behind laser hair removal is the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to affect the targeted tissue—the melanin in hair—with minimal effect on surrounding skin.
Will it Work on My Hair?
Coarse dark hair on light skin is the easiest to treat, as the laser light energy is absorbed by the melanin within the hair, generating heat. Laser works less-well on light-colored hair, red hair, grey hair, white hair, and fine hair of any color.
What Can I Expect?
The high skill of your aesthetician will minimize unwanted side effects such as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation and burning of the skin. Numbing cream can be used prior to the procedure on the area to be treated, and icing the area after treatment helps to relieve side effects faster.
After a treatment, the treated hairs will naturally shed in about two to three weeks. They should not be pulled, to avoid infections and pain. Normal side effects after treatment are itching, pink skin, redness, and swelling around the treatment area or swelling of the follicles, effects that rarely last more than two or three days.
Compare Other Hair Removal Methods
Compared with intense pulsed light (IPL), there might be a higher incidence of side effects with IPL, but short term effectiveness is comparable to laser. IPL uses the same principles as laser hair removal, but employs full spectrum light and filters rather than lasers. All side effects of IPL have been found to be temporary.Electrolysis can be used to remove 100% of the hair from an area, and is effective on hair of all colors. Treatment with electrolysis is very slow and tedious.
Waxing is a semi-permanent method, involving pressing softened wax strips onto the hair and peeling them off in the direction opposite to the hair growth. The hair removal is nearly immediate and efficient.
Shaving, a very temporary method, removes hair for a short period of time, but does not damage the growing hair follicles.
If You Are Considering Laser Hair Reduction
Call for your complimentary consultation to discuss hair reduction, and discover the method of treatment that will work for you. See https://vedasmedspa.com/aesthetics/aesthetic-services/laser-hair-reduction-removal/.