The demand for Laser hair removal has been on the rise in the last few years. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of patients who have undergone Laser hair removal in the United States was up by 5% in 2010, compared to 2009. In the United States alone, over 930, 000 laser hair removal procedures were carried out in 2010. This continued increase certainly gives weight to the effectiveness of laser treatments in hair removal. But, in order to truly know if it really works, it would be best to understand first how it works and read testimonials from former patients.
Laser Hair Removal—How it Works
Laser hair removal uses laser technology to remove unwanted hair by beaming laser light directly on to the skin. It penetrates to the hair follicles where the hair grows and destroys it in the process, thus gradually stopping hair growth. It targets the melanin in the hair, thus the procedure will be more effective for dark-colored hair and fair-toned skin. Each session may last between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be covered. To achieve the desired effects, an average of 8 treatments is required.
Does Laser hair removal Work?
Now that we understand how the procedure works, the question is, does it really work? The straightforward answer is yes. Currently, electrolysis is the only method of hair removal certified by the FDA to be a permanent. However, laser hair removal is also approved by the FDA as a semi-permanent hair removal method. It is described as an effective way to “reduce hair” as it may not give permanent results to patients.
However, over time, some patients do enjoy permanent effects from this hair removal method, only requiring one or two touchup sessions annually. The effectiveness of the procedure in removing hair will also depend on how the patient responds to the treatment, thus, results may vary per person. Patients notice that overtime, the hair strands become thinner and less noticeable, and some experience complete stoppage of hair growth.
Testimonial from Former Patients
A patient relates that she is extremely happy with the results of laser hair removal. Prior to getting laser treatments, she used to shave her underarms and bikini area, which left her with small bumps and ingrown hair. This also caused her underarms to darken which was visually unappealing.
After trying laser hair removal, she immediately saw results as soon as the fourth session. The new hair that grew was thinner and less noticeable than before. Also, she did not have to worry about small bumps, ingrown hair and dark underarms. The procedure made her become less self-conscious and gave her a boost of self-confidence.
Laser hair removal is extremely common and more and more people are finding success with it to remove their unwanted hair. However, prior to starting any cosmetic procedure, certain preparations should be done to ensure its success. For instance, people with a darker skin tone may be required to use skin lightening cream a few weeks prior to the procedure so that the laser light can effectively target the hair follicle. Such preparations will be recommended by a cosmetologist, thus it is best consult a qualified physician for professional medical advice.
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