All There Is To Know About Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is, technically speaking, epilation by laser or with the use of a special light. Besides the body, certain types of laser hair removal may safely be used to reduce facial hair as well. The laser (or light) of a particular wavelength is used to cause damage to dark elements in hair follicles. These elements are referred to as chromophores. They can be artificially produced or naturally occurring.

Today, most techniques target naturally occurring chromophores, in particular, melanin. Melanin gives color to both hair and skin. Of the former, there are two types: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Eumelanin gives a brown or black color. The latter gives a blonde or red color. Since the dark matter in hair follicles are the target, only the former – darker – type of hair is suitable for this procedure.

While laser hair removal became a commercial cosmetic procedure in the 1990s, it has been experimented with well before then. In fact, medical lasers have been used to remove dark spots, acne scars, tattoos, and other types of skin blemishes.

A realistic description of laser hair removal is the “permanent reduction” of hair. It should be noted that, it’s sometimes required to have multiple sessions of laser treatment over a certain period of time to achieve this goal. There is also no guarantee that ALL of the hair in the area treated will be reduced. To actually guarantee genuine permanent hair removal is to risk genuine scarring.

Ideally, the first thing the individual should do is to consult a qualified doctor. They should be able to advise on the suitability of the procedure. In any event, results will be most noticeable on light skinned individuals with dark hair. A lot more care will need to be taken, if the procedure is done on darker skinned and/or tanned individuals.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT

As noted above, one is well advised to avoid establishments that make false claims. The following are some of the more popular ones:

  • There is absolutely no pain or it’s virtually painless. It is for many without needing any relief from the pain, but not for everyone.
  • The safe, permanent removal of hair. Again, the safe goal is hair reduction. Permanent removal is possible with scarring.
  • No re-growth of hair whatsoever. To date, there has been no real, genuine, qualified and objective evidence to support this claim.
  • It’s “laser electrolysis” or “lasertrolysis”. Hair reduction via electrolysis is completely different from reduction via the use of a laser. Both have their pros and cons, in terms of suitability and effectiveness.

When performed properly by well trained and licensed medical providers like Dr. Jing Jing, laser hair removal will achieve approximately 80-90% permanent hair loss. 

Do you have excessive unwanted hair growth? Contact Pretty Faces Atlanta today to schedule an appointment, to determine the best way to address your excessive, unwanted hair growth. 

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