Laser and light-based technology is effective for hair reduction and the removal of unwanted body hair. During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle.
The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, resulting in reduction of the number of hairs and the quality of hair. Hair will be less noticeable, finer, and possibly lighter. The degree of hair reduction depends on the number of treatments.
Laser beams pass through the skin to individual hair follicles. The intense heat damages hair follicles, reducing the number of hairs and quality of hair.
What are the Causes of Excessive Hair Growth and How Can They Affect My Treatments?
The causes of excessive hair growth are many and varied, including: HeredityPregnancyGlandular and/or hormonal imbalances, including diseases causing these effects (i.e. PCOS condition in women)Insulin resistance issuesThyroid problemsReactions to certain medicationsNormal aging processesExcessive temporary hair removal methods that impact the root (like waxing and tweezing) Before starting laser treatments, patients with excessive hair growth on uncommon areas should explore possible underlying medical reasons for it. Hair removal methods can only impact hair that’s currently growing. They cannot prevent the body from developing new hair after treatments are completed. Women with facial male-pattern growth are advised to see an endocrinologist to explore the possibility of PCOS or elevated testosterone levels. Men experiencing excessive growth can get tested for insulin resistance.
What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?
LaserLight’s hair removal lasers can safely treat any body part except for the small area inside the bony ridge of the eye socket.
Is laser hair removal better than electrolysis?
Electrolysis provides longer-lasting results than conventional hair removal methods such as tweezing, shaving and waxing, but for many, electrolysis is too painstaking because it treats one hair follicle at a time. Compared to electrolysis, laser hair removal typically requires fewer treatment sessions, less time per session and minimal discomfort.
Should I undergo a skin test before laser hair removal?
Yes. If you have any apprehensions about how the laser may interact with your skin, ask for a skin test to ensure there will be no adverse side effects.