This is one of the most popular hair removal methods today. However, the procedure is not for everybody. The results of this procedure vary. People with different skin and hair colours receive different results and some people may not be good candidates for this procedure. It is important to be well informed about this procedure, or the results may fail to impress you.

History

The first laser hair removal experiments were conducted in 1969. Early laser hair treatments removed hair one follicle at a time. This technique proved ineffective over time. It was not until the early 90s when effective laser hair removal techniques came into existence. These techniques are still refined today.

Significance

Before the discovery of laser hair removal, people were confined to use of chemicals and razors. Removing hairs using lasers was a great leap forward to people seeking a permanent means of getting rid of hair. This procedure is a great option for millions of people worldwide, especially women.

Laser Hair Removal

Function

The procedure involves using laser light to remove unwanted hair. Laser light is an intense pulsating beam of light. This hair removal technique works by passing laser light through the skin. The light targets dark pigments in hair called melanin. The light beams destroy hair follicle that come in “contact” with the light. This results in permanent hair removal because the hair follicle is where hair growth originates.

Timeframe

The time involved in this procedure varies and is determined by the skin colour, coarseness of the hair and area of the body. In general, the procedure may take 3-12 weeks to see a complete absence of hair growth in the treated area. This may involve six to eight laser treatments.

Misconceptions

This procedure is not suitable for everyone. The suitability of a candidate for this process is determined by hair colour and skin type. The procedure is most successful on people with lighter skin and black or brown hair. This hair removal procedure is unsuitable for blonde, light brown, light red and white hair.

Warning

Some of the side effects of this procedure include scarring, crusting, blistering and scabbing. Other factors associated with this procedure include darkening or lightening of the skin as well as changes in skin texture and the hair itself. Make sure the doctor performing the procedure is a licenced derma surgeon with specific training in this procedure.

Laser treatment candidates will meet with their doctors to discuss various issues including how the procedure will work on their hair and skin and other issues. The consultation will include discussion on the risks and benefits of the procedure including darkening of the skin for light-skinned people and lightening of the skin for people with darker complexions. You are advised to let a tan fade before going for the procedure.

The Process

The doctor applies gel to the area to be treated. The gel helps the skin to cool during the procedure and acts as conductor for the laser. A hand held laser tool is used for hair removal on the area to be treated. The procedure may produce slight discomfort in some people. However, the discomfort will fade away quickly.

After The Procedure

Laser technicians will administer the treatment in a number of sessions to ensure long lasting results. The reason for this is that hair growth is cyclical. This means hair growth in a given area does not grow or appear at the same time. Repeated sessions over a prolonged period ensure the treated area remains hair free.

People go for this procedure for different reasons. In general, the procedure reduces the time, energy and money needed to manage unwanted hair.

Amanda Jones is a laser hair removal specialist at Laserase NI. She is a keen blogger on all things health and beauty.