LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Unwanted body hair can affect both men and women. Hair removal can be lengthy, tedious and tiresome process for many trying to achieve the groomed or hair free body associated with perfection. Most adults spend a great deal of time and money on temporary hair removal treatment methods like creams, waxing, shaving products, and gels, with limited results. For many people, chemical products and razors can also irritate the skin, leading to painful ingrown hairs, rashes, and even permanent scaring in many cases.
Laser hair removal works by using powerful beams of light to target and penetrate the melanin in the groups of hair follicles in the skin, heating the internal structures and destroying the follicles ability to produce hair. The laser also shrinks the follicle. There are a variety of different laser treatments available which work on different skin and hair colors. Best results from laser hair removal are seen on light colored skin with dark, thick hair but good results can be achieved on all colors and types of skin and hair. There are different lasers that should be used on individuals of differing skin color due to ethnicity.
Body Hair goes through three phases, anagen –growth phase , catagen- resting phase) and telogen -shedding phase-. As it turns out, the transference of heat to destroy the hair growing capacity of a hair follicle only works when the hair follicle is in the anagen or growth phase. Furthermore, all hair follicles are generally randomized, meaning they are not all in the same phase at the same time. Also, the duration of a particular phase differs for different areas of the body. For example eyebrow hair is only in the growth phase for 4 months while scalp hair has a growth phase of 2-3 years. The growth phases and shedding phases last the longest with the resting phase typically lasting 2-4 weeks regardless of the body area involved. Therefore, treatments are usually scheduled 5-6 weeks apart to allow hair follicles to enter the anagen phase.
Body areas are treated with lasers between 6 and 12 times to achieve a hair free result which can last for between 1 and 10 years.
There are many different types of laser hair removal machines and systems in use today. They are all different, but work with the same principles behind them.
Stone Mountain Skin Health Center at Pelican Hill now offers the most sophisticated hair removal with the state-of-the-art laser machines.
If you’re interested in learning more about our sophisticated laser hair removal, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule your initial consultation by calling (770) 680-5423 or (770)- 508-8241 (Spanish).