Learn All About Laser Hair Removal Treatment
If you are a man or woman who is interested to learn all about laser hair removal then you are not alone! Laser hair removal is a massive industry, and for good reason. Laser hair treatments are inexpensive, effective, fast, and safe, making them an excellent choice for people trying to get rid of unwanted facial or body hair.
If you are new to the concept, though, you might be wondering about the treatment process – such as how many appointments it takes to work, and why it’s important to follow a schedule.
How Many Laser Treatments Do I Need?
As a general rule, you can see up to 25% hair growth reduction after your first hair removal appointment but these results do depend on the part of the body being treated, hair colour and whether you were shaving or waxing before your first hair removal appointment. For some people, it only takes around 6 visits to the technician, while others require a dozen or more for extremely light or fine hair. We recommend that you plan on 8 to 10 treatments that are evenly spaced out depending on the area of your body that is being treated.
Why Are Multiple Laser Treatments Needed?
Multiple treatments are a must with laser hair removal. To explain why, we first have to look at the way hair grows in the follicle. There are several phases to this process, starting from growth at the root all the way to the eventual breaking or shedding of the hair. These stages of hair growth are known as early anagen, anagen, catagen, and telogen.
The hair cycle can be compared to the seasons. Early anagen is like the spring, where growth occurs under the surface and a new hair pushes away the old growth. The anagen stage is like the summer, with the follicle receiving healthy nourishment from the body which can be seen with vigorous hair growth. This phase can last days or months and even years depending on the area of the body.
Catagen (like autumn) is when the hair follicle loses its nutrient supply from the body and so the hair stops growing. The hair finally detaches entirely from the hair follicle in the telogen (winter) phase. The hair remains in the follicle but it can be easily pulled out with next to no pain. Although the hair may still be in the follicle, the follicle starts to once again slowly draw nutrients from the body and a new hair develops and slowly pushes the old hair out as the process begins again.
Why is this important? Because laser hair removal is effective only when the hair is in its anagen phase. Although it can be inconvenient for laser hair removal purposes, that each hair is in a different part of the hair growth cycle, it is actually a good thing. If each of our hair follicles followed the same cycle then all of our hair would shed out at the same time. How interesting would it be for all of our eyelashes or eyebrows to fall out all at once! So, as a result, multiple laser hair removal treatments are required so as to treat each follicle when it is in the anagen phase. The timing between each appointment will be based on the area of the body that is being treated as different parts of the body grow hair more quickly or slowly than others.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
You may think that the laser simply burns away unwanted hair, but the science is a bit more complicated than that.
A high intensity of light, referred to as intense pulsed light (IPL), from the machine hits not only the surface of the skin and hair, but penetrates all the way down the pigment of the hair and is absorbed into the follicle itself, where the hair growth is occurring. This intense (but painless) light damages the hair growth part of the follicle, causing it to lose the ability to grow new hair during its next anagen phase. The newer laser (IPL) hair removal technology works fantastic is pain free and very effective at eliminating hair growth from dirty blonde to black.
The result? Smoother skin that lasts for years, with possibly one or two annual maintenance treatments if needed as some hairless follicles may start to grow hair years down the road.
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