Shaving or plucking of hair is a daily routine for people who want to keep a clean appearance, and it can be a tiring day in and day out process. Others turn to waxing, which is a very painful process. If total body hair removal is what you have in mind then, laser hair removal might be the answer because it efficiently removes all that unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal is accomplished by destroying the hair follicles with pulses of laser light. The first experiments with laser for hair removal began in the mid 70’s, but it wasn’t practiced routinely until around 1998. Hair follicles contain dark skin pigments that cause hair growth and the laser beams seek and destroy that dark pigmentation, effectively removing the unwanted hair effectively.
Laser hair removal has many advantages that attract people to use it as a form of practical hair removal. It is used to remove hair from the face, under arms, legs, and bikini line, removing the necessity of shaving or waxing.
Removal by the laser hair removal system takes a short amount of time, with smaller areas, like the upper lip taking only a matter of minutes. Larger areas can take up to an hour, but the adequate removal of hair can be well worth your time, saving you from the pain of spending time shaving, plucking and waxing.
The process takes only about 5 to 6 sessions for the majority of people who choose to use this method of hair removal.
Your skin can be red for about a day and you will have to avoid direct sunlight for significant lengths of time because it darkens the skin pigments, which will allow regrowth of hair.
Some people experience swelling in the area where the laser beam was directed, as well as the formation of scabs and bruising. Some others can experience temporary change in the skin pigmentation around the target area.
The process can also take more number of sessions (up to 10) for people with hormonal imbalance.
There are several methods of laser hair removal.
1. The diode laser method is the best method of laser hair removal for those with light skin and dark hair because it targets the skin pigmentation at the base of the hair follicles.
2. Another method, the Nd:YAG laser is generally ineffective for light-coloured (blonde/grey) hair, but effective for treating dark (brown/black) hair.
3. The third method, Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a technology used by cosmetic practitioners to perform various skin treatments including hair removal. IPL can drastically reduce hair growth, most effectively in lighter skin tones and thin hair follicles.
If you are considering laser hair removal as an option to easily remove body hair then be sure to reach out to a certified cosmetic surgeon in your area before you make a decision.