Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a popular alternative to waxing and shaving. This is largely due to the fact that laser hair removal provides permanent results and is less expensive than maintaining a waxing and shaving routine for a lifetime.

laser Hair Removal

Excel HR is an advanced hair removal solution that features two highly effective wavelengths - the 755 nm Alexandrite and Cutera’s pioneered 1064 nm Nd:YAG - for safe, effective hair removal on all skin types.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal (LHR) is a cosmetic procedure that uses intense light beams to target and damage hair follicles. The melanin absorbs the light energy and quickly converts it into heat which damages hair follicles. It is worth noting the laser beams only affect the hair follicles and leave the skin without damage.

Laser hair removal is popular in salons, spas, and at home. LHR requires attention to detail, extensive knowledge, and practice by a board-certified dermatologist. Like many medical procedures, LHR can have complications after the session. Nonetheless, most side effects are avoidable by following an after-surgery routine or treatable using medications.

Typically, the operator may apply a topical anesthetic on the surface area for maximum comfort, though not a must. Wearing eye goggles help to protect your eyes from the light beam during the sessions. It is perfectly normal to feel a stingy sensation as the heat penetrates the hair follicles. Immediately after the process, the physician will apply coolant to reduce the heat on the skin. The surface may remain a bit red or tender for a day or two before settling back.

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

It is possible to do laser hair removal on any skin tone. A while back, only people with light skin and dark hair could use the method. Nowadays, the procedure is possible for anyone. However, dermatologists must take necessary precautions when performing the treatment on other patients.

The ideal candidate for LHR has dark and coarse hair with pale skin. The contrasting color of the hair and skin makes it easy for the laser to target the melanin. Conversely, it is challenging to target brown hairs on dark skin or fine hairs on blonde skin color. Though this is the case, high advancements in technology and the right expertise can remove hair without tanning the skin.

One can apply LHR on near every part of the body. Nonetheless, the procedure is more effective on the underarms, legs, arms and back. However, the technique works fine along the bikini line, on the chin and upper lip.

The cost of using laser hair removal is relatively high. However, it is not comparable to the amount of money you will spend in the future on other methods of hair removal such as waxing, plucking, or shaving. With this in mind, the ideal candidate will attend multiple laser sessions to ensure the best results. Comprehending you require several sessions to eliminate unwanted hair makes you a good candidate for the procedure.

It is worth noting that results differ from one participant to the other. Some people will only attend one or two sessions, but others may require more than four appointments with scheduled touchups.

How Long Do the Results Last?

A laser hair removal procedure aims at destroying hair follicles. The main target is the anagen stage which is the growth phase of hair. It explains why it needs several treatments before all the hair gets destroyed by a laser. Laser hair removal is long-lasting only if all the follicles get wiped out. Any failure leads to hair regrowth on the treated area.

Hormones affect the rate of hair regrowth after a laser treatment. A spike in androgen hormones such as testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone will lead to the hairs growing back. Low levels of estrogen in women, especially during pregnancy or menopause, could lead to hair growth. The genetic makeup or medication may influence regrowth due to hormone fluctuations.

Laser hair removal lasts for many years without the need for a touchup. However, the duration may vary from one body part to the other. Some areas such as the chin and armpits may require a touchup once a year, while others may remain hairless for many years.

Wrong delivery of the procedure leads to poor results and hair regrowth. Laser hair removal requires precision and good timing for best results. A combination of short sessions, rushed timing between laser sessions, cheap amateurs, and less powerful machines results in hair regrowth. Hence it is vital to get the services from a recognized health facility to avoid such errors.