Laser Hair Removal: A Basic Understanding
Laser hair removal is one of the newest cosmetic procedures
available today. The process is to permanently remove hair from any
part of your body that you wish by the use of a light at a designated
wavelength, which is projected into the skin by way of a laser hand
What the laser accomplishes, after it's reached into the interior of
the skin, is to focus on the hair's pigment. The laser destroys the
follicle of the hair but does not damage the remaining hair tissue
While laser hair removal can be quite effective and has been so for
many, it is new, and, as compared with older hair removal treatments,
relatively untested. What this means is that we really don't know yet
just how safe or unsafe it might be and the potential for side effects.
The other issue with the newness of this laser hair removal process is
that no one has used it for long enough to have continuity of
statistics that would indicate the rate of response to the laser hair
removal treatment and the rate at which the hair grows back after each
laser hair removal treatment.
Two of the most important elements to consider in qualifying
potential laser hair removal candidates are skin color and hair color.
1. Skin Colour. Light skin makes laser hair removal easier to
perform. Due to the lighter pigmentation, the laser hair removal
results happen more quickly. Fewer treatments are required, and better,
faster results are obtained. People with darker skin can be treated,
but results are slower. They just have to be content with the knowledge
that it will take longer to see results and a greater number of
treatments are probably going to be needed.
2. Hair Colour. Laser hair removal works best on dark hair. The
reason for the difference is the pigment pheomelanin, which is found
only in red or blonde hair. It is very hard for a laser to penetrate
pheomelanin. On the other hand, the laser goes easily through
eumelanin, the pigment found in black and brown hair.
Treatment costs can add up to more than $1,000 as multiple treatment
sessions may be necessary to obtain optimal results. This is largely
due to the fact that laser hair removal is most effective for hair
which is in the anagen phase (the growth phase). Since hair grows in
cycles, not all of the hairs are in the anagen phase at any given time.
Thus, more sessions are necessary to target hairs while they are in
How much and how long an individual respond to complete hair removal
by laser hair removal differ from case to case. So, no hair removal
clinics can guarantee 100% permanent results by a certain period.
Consumers are nevertheless well advised, to consult with licensed
professional and reputable laser hair removal centers.