Laser Hair Removal Overview
Laser Hair Removal has been around for well more than 20 years. Innovation has tagged along with the path in 20 years. Laser manufacturers have made lasers more effective and less painful. Each laser is unique, and the procedure should be clarified by an expert who has utilized the laser for quite a while. You need experienced professionals; an extraordinary individual clarifying the procedure of laser hair removal.
First off, you should know that not all lasers work the same. The laser that is used should be specifically designed for your hair and skin color. If the incorrect laser is used, then the treatment can either be non-effective or it could cause serious damage to the skin. Your technician should be able to explain the difference between their laser and other lasers. If the technician cannot explain the different types of lasers, then you should seek another place to remove your unwanted hair. In Jacksonville, even nearby BareSmooth, there are several different offices that offer hair removal. Find the right one for you. Shop around and make sure you are comfortable with the office setting, the technicians, and their staff.
Secondly, there is no set number of treatments that will permanently remove your unwanted hair. If you are relying on someone to tell you a certain number of treatments will permanently remove your hair, then you will be disappointed. Everybody has a different number of hair follicles. Everybody’s hair and skin color are different. Also, everyone has a different objective for removing hair. Some just want to thin the hair in a specific area. Most people want every single hair gone. This is another reason to rely on a licensed professional to explain the process and perform your laser treatment. Licensed professionals tend to give you the truth as they will be the one to answer to you if the treatment is not successful or your desired results are not achieved.
Effective Laser Hair Removal needs to be performed in the active growth phase. The hair follicle contains melanin which is responsible for the pigmentation of the hair. Melanin (color) absorbs the heat and channels it to the hair follicle. This stimulates the hair follicle to go into a resting phase. As a consequence, the hair sheds naturally and the hair grows back thinner, finer, or not at all.
*Below are the most common lasers used for hair removal and which laser is best for each skin type and hair color.
Alexandrite – 755nm – Typically best for skin types I-III with light brown, brown, and/or black hair.
Diode – 810 nm -Typically safe for all skin colors, however, it works best on skin types I-IV with brown to black hair.
Yag – 1064nm – Safe for all skin types, however, only effective for skin types IV-VI with black hair.
Lasers typically do not remove blonde, red, or gray hair because these colors are too close to the color of our skin. The laser needs to see the difference between the color of the hair and the color of the skin.