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What is Laser Hair Reduction?

Laser hair reduction is a laser treatment which prevents the growth of hair in the hair follicle over the course of the treatment plan. This procedure is non-invasive and remains one of the most popular treatments performed today, due to the daily convenience it provides for its users. Laser hair removal can be performed all over the body on both large and small areas. During the treatment, the low-energy laser is applied to recently shaved skin over a hair follicle. The laser is attracted to the pigment of the hair follicle as the laser passes through to disable hair growth. Because the laser is best suited to pick up contrasting pigments, an ideal candidate is someone with fair skin and dark hair.  Since every patient is different, treatment plan lengths will vary. The average treatment plan ranges between three to eight treatments before full results can be achieved.  The reason that so many treatments are necessary is because hair follicles are all in different cycles of growth at any given time, and the follicle must be treated at the correct stage of growth for sufficient destruction.  For that reason, multiple treatments are necessary to catch the different follicles in various stages of growth.

Who is a Candidate?

In general, the best candidate is one who has lighter skin and dark hair. The reason for this is that the laser is able to better target the hair follicle if there is a greater contrast between the two. In addition to hair and skin pigmentation, the other factors that make a good candidate are someone who is bothered by hair growth in certain areas and would like to not have to worry about daily or weekly upkeep. Laser hair removal is an easy alternative to waxing, electrolysis, and shaving. The laser hair machine will work on all skin types, and is safe for dark skin as well. Your practitioner will adjust the laser settings to best suit your skin tone, hair color, wavelength, and treatment area.

Results

One of the main benefits of laser hair removal is that in general, results are long-lasting. This treatment does not typically result in much downtime, other than some skin sensitivity and redness. The recommended space between treatments is typically between four and eight weeks. During this time, you are permitted to shave but it is recommended that you do not use hair removal techniques that remove the hair from the follicle because this could prevent the efficacy of the treatment.  Overall, patients can expect to see a gradual reduction in the presence of hair resulting in a smoother, sleeker appearance to the body with minimal effort.

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