By Dr. Mike – Shaving, plucking, waxing, electrolysis, and LASER treatments can remove unwanted hair. LASER hair removal technology has advanced greatly in the last five years. The light energy that destroys hair follicles is very target specific, very “laser” like focused!
These new advances have made the treatments much more comfortable, effective and available for more skin types. The laser works by heating up an active hair follicle enough to destroy it. It does this by targeting just the follicle without hurting the surrounding tissue.
Hair continuously goes through phases of resting and falling out along with its normal growth phase. Hair can only be destroyed during the growth phase, so treatments need to be spaced out, at least a month apart to get all the hair. The hair follicle needs to be present for the laser to destroy it. So, avoid such things as hair removal creams, waxing, tweezing or bleaching 4-6 weeks prior to treatment.
The treatment itself is very quick, depending on the area involved. An upper lip, for instance, can take less than 5 minutes, and a bikini less than 15. Someone with long legs may have up to 45 minutes of treatment time.
Within days to weeks, you will notice hair falling out and slow re-growth. Good results come with between 4-10 treatments, depending on many factors. The blacker the hair and the lighter the skin, gives the best results. Laser hair removal has its limitations. Fine, white or light peach fuzz cannot be removed with a laser.
Treatment prices have also come down with the improvement in technology. So, Drop the Razor – Start Thinking LASER!!