Body grooming is entirely a matter of preference, as there is no right or wrong way to go about it. Some people enjoy their bodies with hair, while others prefer smooth skin. If you are among the latter, you have probably tried different hair removal methods, including shaving, waxing, and plucking. Unfortunately, these methods offer short-lived results and often cause undesirable side effects, including razor bumps and ingrown hairs. The good news is that Center of Advanced Wellness provides laser hair removal – a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of laser light to remove unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal is growing in popularity due to its numerous benefits. Yet, it still has many misconceptions that keep spreading like wildfire. The following facts will debunk some of the myths about laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is pain-free.
One of the biggest misconceptions about laser hair removal is that the treatment is painful. That may be because other hair removal methods like waxing and electrolysis are painful, thus the association. However, laser hair removal is tolerable, and some describe the treatment as painless. Some patients may experience discomfort, but it is usually more of a pinching sensation. The latest laser devices have ice technology that cools down the skin so that the laser doesn’t heat too much.
It is effective on all skin tones.
During laser hair removal, the pigment in the hair absorbs the light energy, which is then converted into heat that destroys the follicles. The heat damages the follicles, delaying hair growth for an extended period. The laser can target the hair pigment mostly because of the contrast between skin and hair. Ideal candidates for this treatment have dark hair and fair skin. That means an individual with dark skin and dark hair who does not present that contrast may not be eligible for laser hair removal.
Due to little or no contrast, the laser could target melanin in the skin, increasing the risk of burning and scarring. But thanks to modern technology, lasers have wavelengths that are both safe and efficient for dark skin. Such wavelengths go straight to the dermis, so the melanin does not absorb them in the skin. Today, people of all skin colors can benefit from laser hair removal.
Treatment requires patience
Laser hair removal does not offer immediate results; you need several sessions to achieve the desired outcome. You need to come for a session every six weeks due to the hair growth cycle, which is unique to each person. Laser hair removal targets hair in the anagen growth phase, when the hair connects to the follicle. Unfortunately, only about 20% of hair is in that phase at any point. Therefore, the laser will only target up to 20% of your hair during each session.
Also, the hair doesn’t magically fall off or disappear after the first treatment session. It takes about two to three weeks after your first treatment to notice the difference since the damaged follicle slowly ejects hair. You will see a significant difference as you progress in your treatment. Being regular in your appointments also helps.
Visit your provider at the Center of Advanced Wellness for laser hair removal to begin your journey to smooth, hair-free skin.