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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Constantly shaving, waxing or tweezing unwanted hair does not only consume a lot of time, but can also be quite the painful process. If you are tired of manually removing your unwanted body hair, then your best option is to get a laser hair removal treatment. Laser treatment is a type of cosmetic procedure that uses highly concentrated light on your hair follicles. The pigment found inside the hair follicles absorbs the light thereby destroying the hair in the process.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair treatment is a cosmetic surgery procedure that isperformed by cosmetic surgeons. It is a safe and effective procedure for removing unwanted hair on the face, arm, legs, bikini line, and underarms. Aside from the convenience it provides, there are other benefits that you can enjoy from undergoinglaser treatment. Below are the advantages of opting for this hair removal technique: Fast: The procedure does not take a long time and usually does not require the patient any hospital stays. The hair follicles are exposed to laser light pulses for only a few seconds so the procedure can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour depending on the area where you want your unwanted hairs to be removed. For instance, smaller areas like the upper lip takes a few minutes of laser light therapy while the legs can take up to an hour.

Predictable results: Most patients who have tried this procedure experience permanent hair loss at an average of three sessions. The predictable result of the laser treatment makes it an effective solution for removing unwanted hair compared to other methods.

Precision: The laser light can work with precision in targeting a specific area where unwanted hair needs to be removed. They can target dark and coarse hairs while leaving the other areas undamaged.

Less painful: Compared with electrolysis, laser treatment is not painful. During the process, patients only experience a warm feeling on the treated area.

Mechanism of Action

The procedure works by using laser pulses. But how well do you know its mechanism of action? Understanding how it works is necessary so that you will be able to understand how the entire process occurs.

The main principle behind this procedure is the selective photothermolysis. It is a microsurgery technique that targets specific tissues and areas of the body. Using a laser light, it matches a particular wavelength of light as well as pulse duration of the laser to get the optimal effect on the targeted area without causing damage on the surrounding areas.

Laser treatment targets the melanin and follicles without heating up the skin.  Melanin is the pigment that provides color to our skin and hair. It absorbs all types of light including laser light.

There are different types of wavelengths of laser energy used in removing your hair via this procedure. Moreover, the duration or pulse width can affect the efficacy of laser treatment. Cosmetic surgeons use longer pulse widths for patients who have darker skin while shorter pulses are used for light-skinned patients. Further, the target area is shot with three pulses to improve the “kill rate” on the affected area for every treatment.

Aside from using different wavelengths, the laser treatment also relies on heat to treat the follicles by sterilizing them so that they do not produce hair for a long time. However, to avoid burning of the skin, the cosmetic surgeon also needs to perform epidermal cooling not only to reduce pain, but mainly to avoid the risk of skin damage during the process.

Laser treatment is indeed an effective way to remove unwanted hair from the body. Once laser light is absorbed, it disintegrates the melanin and the follicle. Thus, resulting not only in hair loss but also lightening of the skin.

If you are interested in laser hair removal, or have any questions regarding plastic surgery in San Diego/Chula Vista, please contact East lake Cosmetic today. With improved skin, you can get back to feeling fresh and enjoying the new you.

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