With the rapid advancement in medical field, getting rid of unwanted hair is no longer restricted to shaving or waxing. Laser technology is the latest and the most effective treatment to remove unsightly hair. The process used is quite simple and yields the desired result within a short time.
Permanent Hair Removal Technique
A laser beam is targeted at the area from where hair is to be removed. The follicle responsible for causing hair growth is disabled by a beam of laser. As dark objects absorb light, the laser energy is absorbed by the dark matter (melanin) with a greater intensity and speed. The melanin that occurs in the skin, gives hair its color.
Although laser energy penetrates the follicle, it only destroys the hair root and not the follicle. This means the hair can grow again, but it takes a long time for the hair to regrow. This method is precise and very effective for hair removal from large areas of the body such as the chest, back and the legs. People mostly use lasers to thin out their hair which can be easily accomplished. This form of treatment, however is not suitable for people with white or blond hair.
There are different kinds of laser equipment and one should choose the appropriate equipment to get the best results. While considering this treatment for the back or legs, a laser with a larger spot size is ideal for removing hair. The ruby lasers that emit red colored beams, are suitable for people with light skin and dark hair. The Nd: YAG works best for dark-skinned people.
If you want to try laser therapy at home, then you can buy home laser kits that employ diode lasers. A big disadvantage of these home laser devices, is that they are not approved for delicate areas such as the face. Also, if used incorrectly, it can cause skin damage such as burns and painful blisters. As these devices use less powerful rays, they are not very effective in removing hair. Also, these home laser hair kits are not developed for a particular skin type, so results might be unsatisfactory.
Despite being beneficial for removing unwanted hair, laser treatment can irritate the skin. Therefore the surrounding skin is treated with a gel after laser therapy so as to avoid any possible damage to the skin. The key to successful laser hair removal depends upon the practitioner who manipulates the laser. It is the skill and knowledge of the practitioner that will determine the success rate of laser therapy. A few sessions of laser therapy are sufficient to remove hair from the desired area. Multiple sessions, usually 4-6, have been effective for long-term reduction in hair growth.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.