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Laser Hair Reduction

Laser hair reduction only affects the currently active growing hair follicles. Multiple treatments will damage the hair in all phases of growth. Your type of hair and skin color will affect treatment. Expect long-term hair reduction in seven treatments, with three to eight weeks between sessions. The treatment must generate and maintain a high enough temperature. As a result, the follicle’s basal stem cells that cause hair growth will be successfully destroyed. The ideal match of light wavelength and pulse duration affects only the hair’s melanin, with minimal effect on surrounding skin.

Will it Work on My Hair?

Coarse dark hair on light skin is the easiest to treat. The melanin within the hair absorbs the laser light energy, generating heat. The 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. Use numbing cream on the treatment area before the procedure. Icing the area after treatment helps relieve side effects faster.

After 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 the 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 are temporary.

Electrolysis can be used to remove 100% of the hair from an area and is effective on the hair of all colors. Treatment with electrolysis is very slow and tedious.

Waxing is a semi-permanent method. The aesthetician presses softened wax strips onto the hair and peel 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 time, but does not damage the growing hair follicles.

If You Are Considering Laser Hair Reduction

Call 281-298-5476 to book your complimentary consultation to discuss hair reduction, and discover the method of treatment that will work for you. See

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