How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Most of us don't appreciate body hair. Shaving, waxing, and other forms of hair removal are a popular part of our beauty routines, but have you ever though of a more permanent solution?


Laser hair removal is the most permanent treatment which drastically reduced the amount of hair follicles in any given area.





Unlike many other hair removal techniques such as shaving and waxing... laser hair removal actually deactivates the hair follicle, preventing it from producing hair every again.


How does the laser work?

Laser hair removal works by heating the root of the hair follicle to such an extent, that it puts the follicle into a state of dormancy - and cannot produce hair for a long period of time.


Very specific high intensity wavelengths of light are used to damage the follicles. The wavelengths target the melanin in your hair follicles to melt them.


Melanin naturally absorbs and protects us from UV rays. If we artificially supply hair follicles (containing a greater concentration of melanin than the skin) with high intensity UV rays, the hair melanin in the hair follicle will absorb this energy - and become damaged. This leads to the hair follicle not being able to produce hair for a period of time.


Different wavelengths of light can be used on different skin tones and hair colours.



Does it work for everyone?

Unfortunately not. Although technology is constantly improving... the fundamentals of laser hair removal is the burning of the hair folicle root using melanin to absorb the energy.


If you skin tone is too similar to your hair colour - the treatment may not work.

This is especially true for individuals with dark skin tones.



Is it actually permanent?

No.


Indeed laser hair removal is the most long-lasting form of hair removal. Even though the laser does deactivate the follicles for a long period of time - you will need to go back to a clinic for follow-up sessions if you want to continue enjoying your hair-less skin.



How long does it take to see results?

You should start seeing results after the first treatment, however to get all your hair removed in one area you will need to get the treatment multiple times over the course of multiple months.


Different clinics state different periods of times between treatments, yet most say approximately 4-6 weeks in between treatments, followed by 8-10 weeks for follow-up treatments to keep the hair removed.



What are the costs?

Different clinics will charge different prices, so I won't be discussing how much you're likely to pay.


But I did want to mention that you consider how much money and time you spend on hair removal. It might be worth investing in laser hair removal, especially if you want to feel free during your holiday.


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