Laser Hair Removal Process

Laser Hair Removal Process

The laser hair removal process starts with a free consultation with Indy Laser.  If you have unwanted hair anywhere on your body, you are probably accustomed to using one or more hair removal options in order to keep it in check. Tweezing, shaving, using depilatory chemicals and waxing are all hair removal options depending on the location on your body. Another more permanent option that many people are turning to is that of laser hair removal. You might wonder whether laser hair removal treatment would be an option for you. Over the next several weeks, we will be talking about what it is, how it works, how to find a good provider, and what to expect throughout the entire laser hair removal process of having your excess body hair removed.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal treatments use a pulse of light to disable the growing cycle of individual hair follicles, causing them to shed the unwanted hair. While the procedure is considered permanent hair removal, it’s important to understand that some maintenance may be necessary. Hair follicles can only be effectively treated while they are in the growing phase of their life cycles, and every individual hair follicle is on its own schedule. For this reason, you will periodically need to return to have any remaining hair follicles treated with the laser, even past the initial treatment period. The most common treatment sites include the face, legs, bikini region and underarms for women, and the chest, abdomen, back and the front or back of the neck for men. With that being said, any body part can be treated, so ask your provider for his or her recommendations as to whether laser hair removal is right for you.

Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Simply put, laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in your hair, which is usually darker than your skin. The laser will send an impulse down into skin near the bottom of the shaft of hair, damaging the follicle and disabling its growth. The laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair; this is why laser hair removal is not appropriate for gray, white or blonde hair. This is also why you are advised not to tan during your treatment phase, as the melanin in darker skin will tend to absorb the laser light before it can treat the hair follicles. Note that naturally dark skin does not preclude laser hair removal; a different type of laser will be used, however, if you have a lot of melanin in your skin, and treatment may take longer than the typical number of sessions.

An individual hair follicle will have growth disabled permanently once it is treated. This means that hair will not grow at all out of that follicle, so you won’t have to shave, tweeze or chemically remove that particular hair ever again. As you go through your treatment, which takes approximately six visits, more and more follicles will be affected, so you will see a drastic difference in the amount of unwanted body hair.

Your laser hair removal specialist will be able to talk to you more about how the procedure works and how effective the treatment is likely to be in your particular case. Set up a consultation appointment in order to determine whether this treatment is right for you, as well as to discuss how effective the procedure will be for you, taking your skin tone and hair color into consideration during the laser hair removal process.