How does Laser Hair Removal Work

Laser Hair removal (LHR) targets the melanin in the hair follicle. A true laser differs from an Intense Pulse light machine (IPL) in that the light source is extremely concentrated to the melanin and therefore is much more accurate. While most spas and clinics advertise LHR it is up to you, the consumer to make sure it is a true laser. IPL has been in use longer but, it requires more treatments due to a less concentrated light. Two questions often asked; what is the pain level involved and what keeps the laser from destroying surrounding cells? 

A quality clinic, spa or doctors office will have FDA approved lasers with a Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD). As soon as the implement touches the skin the DCD freezes surrounding tissue will simultaneously allowing the light to pass through to the melanin in the hair follicle. This also creates a relatively painless procedure. For more sensitive areas a local anesthetic can be applied but it is rarely needed. Although dramatic and surprising results occur after just one treatment it is essential to follow through and complete all of the sessions. The ideal patient will have light skin and very dark, thick hair.

Dark skinned, dark haired patients can also benefit but will need more treatments. The sessions themselves are timed according to average hair growth as LHR targets hair during the growth cycle. For this reason it is very important that other methods of hair removal such as waxing, emjoy and plucking are not allowed as theses methods contradict the treatment. However shaving and creams are acceptable as these methods do not concern the hair follicle. Bottom line; LHR is an effective, safe and economical, but do your homework.

The good clinics, spas and doctors are out there, but so are the bad ones, be careful, ask questions and most important, inspect the treatment area and equipment before contracting for services.



How does Laser Hair Removal Work