Are you tired of trying out different hair removal methods, only to have your body hair grow back quickly? With laser hair removal, unwanted hair can be a thing of the past! Laser hair removal is a safe and effective option to simplify your life.
Laser hair removal targets the melanin pigment in the hair shaft. Therefore, laser treatments work best on darker hair because there is more pigment. The laser light is absorbed by the unwanted hair, destroying the follicle. Hair grows in cycles, alternating between a “resting” and “growth” stage. For that reason, 4-6 treatments booked 4-6 weeks apart are necessary to treat each hair follicle. Following these treatments, some hair growth may persist but should be much finer and less in amount. To maintain a completely hair-free appearance occasional repeat laser treatments may be necessary.
Unwanted hair growth can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Women often inquire about treatments for the chin, upper lip, bikini line, arms, underarms, and legs. Men often inquire about hair removal to the back, chest, stomach, face, and neck. Laser hair removal is much faster and less painful than electrolysis.
There are three growth phases that our hair goes through. These include:
- The active or anagen phase– About 85% of our body hair is in this stage most of the time. During this phase, the hair shaft and follicle has a wealth of melanin or pigment and is most sensitive to the laser light.
- The regressive or catagen phase– During this phase, the hair ceases to actively grow, but does not shed away. This phase usually lasts for numerous weeks, and makes up about 3-4% of our body hair at any time.
- The resting or telogen phase- This phase usually lasts about 5-6 weeks, during which the hair follicle will fall out and new hair will begin to grow. Around 10-13% of our hair is in this phase at any time.
So, to achieve permanent hair removal, you will need multiple treatments at set intervals to ensure that you get to the hair when it is in the first stage of growth (active/anagen).
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