What is Laser Hair Removal?
Up until the last few years, shaving, plucking, waxing, and electrolysis were the only methods of removing unwanted hair. In the early 1990's, the first reports of using laser energy to selectively damage and disable actively growing hair follicles were published, and since the mid 1990's, laser hair removal has become the "Gold Standard" method for hair removal.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
There are several laser hair removal systems available today, but they all work using the principle of selective photothermolysis, in which a carefully timed pulse of laser energy passes through the skin and is absorbed and converted to heat energy at the hair follicle. The generated heat energy is designed to destroy the hair follicle so it cannot grow back.
Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Hair Removal?
This procedure works best in lighter skinned, darker haired patients. Because the primary target in hair follicles is melanin pigment, less laser energy is absorbed by the skin and more by the hair follicle. Tanned skin also "robs" laser energy as it passes through the skin to the hair follicle. Because the pigment in the hair is the targeet for the laser energy, gray, or white hair (which lacks pigment) cannot be effectively treated with any laser or light-based device. Multiple laser treatments are necessary for best results. Laser energy has its greatest effect on growing, or anagen hair follicles; as the dormant, or telogen hairs become active, usuallys within 3 weeks to 3 months, some new hair growth will be observed. Usually at least 3 treatments over the course of a year will be necessary for satisfactory, long-lasting results. The female face, armpits, and bikini lines are areas which respond fastest to laser treatments-backs, arms, and legs usually need more treatments over time. The scalp is very resistant to treatment.
What about Side Effects?
Slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn, may occur in some clients. These effects typically last 24 hours or less. In some instances, blistering may occur. Your consultant will review with you the potential side effects from Laser Hair Removal.
What is the Best Laser Device for Hair Removal?
Every laser hair removal device has been designed for treating a specific type of individual. At Joi, The MedSpa, we have multiple laser hair removal devices that are designed to treat clients with different skin types and hair thickness. This versatility ensures that you will receive the best permanent hair reduction possible.
Contact us at 615.865.4996 today to receive your complimentary laser hair consultation.