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How does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal is a proven effective way to remove unwanted hair from the bikini area, legs, underarms, chin, upper lip, and many other places on the body. It uses advanced technology involving light, laser, and pigments to permanently banish hair growth. There are different strengths of laser hair removal, depending on the machine used and the designated treatment area—the face will use a lower setting than the bikini area, for example. Regardless of machine brand or strength, all laser hair removal devices use the same type of technology to ensure efficient hair removal.

The Science Behind Laser Hair Removal Technology

Laser hair removal uses a beam of concentrated light, which is aimed at the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment of the hair (which is why laser hair removal tends to work best on people with darker hair), and flows down into the follicle. The amount of energy is so high that it literally destroys the hair follicle, disabling future hair growth. Since it would require a very strong laser to obliterate the hair follicle in one session, (that would likely damage the surrounding skin) laser hair removal is always performed in multiple sessions over a period of time.

Ideal Candidacy for Laser Hair Removal

Beyond having enough pigment in the hair for the laser to identify, it is helpful if there is enough contrast between the hair and the skin. That means that the ideal candidate for laser hair removal is a person with light skin and dark hair. Of course, there are grey areas—a person with medium-colored may very well be able to undergo laser hair removal successfully.

The Function of the Hair Follicle

Disabling the hair follicle may seem scary, but other than hair growth it serves little purpose. The main risk of laser hair removal is during the procedure itself, which may scar or burn skin if it’s not the right type for the laser. An experienced laser hair removal specialist can prevent this from happening.

Scheduling Your Laser Hair Removal Consultation

In order to find out if you’re a proper candidate for laser hair removal, the best thing you can do is visit a qualified laser hair removal specialist for a consultation. He or she will be able to tell you more about the procedure and answer any of your specific concerns and questions. Get started by finding a laser hair removal expert in your area.

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