Laser Hair Removal Basics

Laser hair removal is a simple procedure in which a laser is directed into the skin, targeting the dark pigment in the hair follicle. The laser heats the hair follicle and the follicle dies, releasing the hair. The hair does not grow back because the follicle is follicle is dead.

Hair shedding, the process of the skin pushing the hair out, occurs about two weeks after a laser hair removal treatment. Visible hair shedding does not always occur, but when it does, it is a sign that the treatment was successful. An individual may then experience a hair free period until new hair grows.

New hair growth is normal and does not mean that the laser treatments were unsuccessful. Hair grows in different stages. Some follicles are active, while others remain dormant. The laser can only target hair in the active growing phase. For this reason, you will need several treatments over the course of several months to achieve positive hair reduction in the entire area.

Laser hair removal, like many other removal methods, is more successful for some individuals than others. Since the laser targets dark pigment with heat, individuals with lighter skin tones and dark hair experience better results with laser treatments, and can use at home laser hair removal devices. The laser will heat darker skin tones just as it heats the laser, so skin damage and scarring can result. Professional equipment has a range of frequencies and intensities that a professional laser hair removal techniciancan adjust to ensure the safety of the treatment recipient. Some tanned and darker skin tones can be treated under the watchful eye of a trained professional with newer model machines, but the results still may not be ideal.

If your skin and hair combination is not a candidate for Laser Hair Removal Basics, electrolysis may provide permanent hair reduction solutions for you.