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How does Laser Hair Removal work?

As the summer months start creeping up, we begin to look forward to laying by the pool and soaking in some sun – but this also means that all the waxing and shaving we’ve been avoiding by wearing pants in the winter needs to happen soon enough. With this comes the pain of waxing every few weeks and the razor burns, making us all wish this hair would just magically disappear. Luckily, there is a way to remove hair permanently through laser hair removal! How does this work? During laser hair removal, light wavelengths and pulses are combined to target the melanin and destroy the hair follicle to reduce or permanently stop hair from growing in a certain area. The combination of pulse and light, which depend on your hair type and skin, affect the follicle while causing as little damage possible to the skin and tissue around it. There are two different types of melanin: pheomelanin, red or blonde hair, and eumelanin, brown or black hair. Different lasers are available for different types of skin. It is the doctor’s job to choose the right combination and the right light to make this procedure successful. Most people that decide to undergo laser hair removal do it in order to prevent irritation of the skin and ingrown hairs from waxing and shaving. Some decide to do laser hair removal simply to avoid having to wax or shave weekly or monthly. Laser hair removal has a 90 percent success rate making it an attractive option to both men and women. What is the procedure like? Most individuals that undergo laser hair removal need about six sessions for a full treatment in areas such as the underarms. At every session, the clinician will disinfect the area and put ultrasound gel to protect the skin before applying the laser. Both the clinician and the patient must wear safety goggles during treatment, which in areas like the underarm, only takes about a minute. The clinician will move the laser over the area of treatment and stop for several seconds per spot until the area has been treated completely. Does it hurt? Many patients say that the pain during treatment is very minimal. Most say that it simply feels like a rubber band is being snapped at a very high speed. For individuals with a low pain tolerance, any numbing cream, which contain lidocaine, can be used to relieve burning, itching, or pain during treatment.

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