Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a method that has been developed extensively in recent years. Having originated as a rather impressive luxury, it has evolved into the essential method of hair removal for a very large number of women.
The rapid increase in this method’s use verifies that its effectiveness, along with the ease of the operation, have established it in the general awareness of women and men alike as a successful method of hair removal, offering a permanent reduction in body hair.
HOW LASER HAIR REMOVAL IS PERFORMED
The idea of this method is based on the fact that laser devices emit energy whose frequency is such that it can be selectively absorbed by substances of black color. When the root of the hair is dark in color (laser treatment is targeted exclusively at dark hair), then the energy is absorbed selectively by the root, burning the follicle which is situated underneath it. In such cases, the skin is unharmed. An ideal combination for such an operation is to perform it on hair as dark as possible, situated on skin as pale as possible.
In order for the hair to be thus damaged, it will have to be at a certain stage of its growth cycle, the anagen phase. As not all hairs will be at that stage simultaneously, each session will not affect all hairs. For this reason this procedure requires repetition. These repetitions are usually performed every 1-1.5 months, depending on the location we wish to remove hair from.
During the hair removal treatment and between the actual operation sessions, the patient will have no additional hair growth, since by the time the hairs have begun to grow it will be time for the next session.
Three weeks before laser treatment is performed, the relevant hair must not have been removed (waxing, tweezing, etc.), since if there is no hair in the follicle it will not be able to absorb the energy from the laser. In contrast, however, shaving and hair removal creams are allowed to be performed or use before hair removal laser procedure, and in general do not cause problems. In fact, the shorter the hair is during the removal session, the better the results may be.
RESULTS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The amount of repetitions required in order to achieve a permanent result differs greatly from patient to patient, and may differ throughout the various parts of the body for the individual patient. It is particularly difficult for one to predict the course of this procedure.
The effectiveness of hair removal via laser is dependent on several factors, some of which are not measurable. These factors are:
• Hair color
• Skin color
• Hair thickness (thin hairs do not respond well)
• Follicle depth
• Hormone levels in the blood
• The hair’s sensitivity to hormones
• The quality of the equipment
• How the equipment is handled
• And various others.
In order to achieve a better and quicker result, the patient undergoing the procedure, whether male or female, must make sure to maintain the colour of their skin as pale as possible. They should be particularly careful during the summer and not expose themselves excessively to sunlight without sunscreen so as to avoid tanning too much. Otherwise, the procedure will have to be placed on hiatus during the summer.
The safety of the procedure depends on the quality of the equipment and the way it is handled. Not all lasers are equally effective or secure. For this reason the person handling this procedure should be very familiar with and possess sufficient scientific understanding of the machine, which in turn should be of good quality.
Hair Removal Lasers of category 4 are considered to be the best equipment for laser hair removal, and are provided exclusively to medical practitioners by the manufacturing companies. These machines are the safest and most effective.
Over the past few years, the quality of these machines has evolved and as such, they are considerably better than those available a few years ago.
LASER and IPL (Intense Palmic Light)
Hair removal via laser is often confused with hair removal via intense pulse light (IPL) (a method which is commonly known as photolysis). IPL machines are founded on the same general principles as laser machines, but their method of construction differs. This directly affects the energy they produce, which is not as selective as that emitted by lasers. Patients interested in the laser hair removal procedure must never make generalizations such as: “all machines are the same”, or “the machine is the only important thing”, or “the same machine will provide the same result regardless of who is using it or “all practitioners perform to the same standard”.
APPROPRIATE CANDIDATES FOR LASER TREATMENT AND SAFETY
Another reason for one to address a scientifically knowledgeable consultant is that not all types of bodily hair are appropriate for laser treatment. Particular care is required in selecting appropriate candidates. If the person in charge does not know how to correctly evaluate a patient, then it is entirely possible that rather than reducing bodily hair they might cause it to increase.
Laser hair removal is entirely harmless towards the organism, as the wavelength they produce is set firmly in the visible spectrum. As is well known, visible light and infrared are not carcinogenic, and entirely safe to employ. The risk of cancer mainly accompanies ultraviolet light, x-rays, gamma rays and the like. No laser hair removal equipment is able to emit energy at this wavelength.
In addition, we should mention that no part of the body is dangerous to perform laser hair removal on, and this holds even for areas with a high concentration of lymphnodes. Therefore, laser hair removal can be performed anywhere throughout the body. The only part of the body that should not be exposed to the laser’s emissions is the eyes.
Under the aforementioned circumstances, laser hair removal is a completely secure, effective and easy procedure. This of course is the main reason why increasing number of people are satisfied by. That’s why, more and more men and women continue to employ it as the essential method of permanently reducing their bodily hair.