In a word, yes! Laser hair removal is a great way to simplify your morning routine. Imagine never nicking your knees with a razor, never suffering with itchy, uncomfortable razor burn, and never having to shave again. It sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? So why do we even have to answer this question of whether or not laser hair removal treatments work? Unfortunately, these treatments do not work for everyone.
The Ideal Candidate
Since we live in a world with billions of other people and each of those billions has skin uniquely his or her own, laser hair removal treatments will not work the same way for everyone. The ideal candidate is a very light skinned individual with thick, dark hair. Fine hair is more difficult to remove, and the procedure is not as effective on people who have dark skin. This is because of the way that the laser hair removal treatment process actually works. Unfortunately, it isn’t just a magical solution that allows you to live hairless-ly ever after, and that can lead to some varied results.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
If it isn’t magic, how does aiming a beam of light lead to hair removal? Dermatologists aim the highly concentrated beam of light at the hairs that need to be removed. Each hair’s pigment absorbs the light emitted by the laser. This leads to heat generation inside of the hair follicle (where the pigment is located). If enough head is generated, the hair growth center inside of the follicle is destroyed preventing future hair growth. Of course, the human body heals itself over time, so if you do not have repeated hair removal sessions, your hair will eventually grow back. Light, thin hair does not contain as much pigment, so heat cannot be generated as efficiently. The treatment can work well for individuals with darker skin, but there is a higher likelihood for hyperpigmentation—skin darkening—around the treatment site.
Choose Intermountain Aesthetics MD Spa
At Intermountain Aesthetics MD Spa, we can have your procedure over and done within 15-30 minutes and remove up to 80% of the hair in the treated area after just one treatment! Although it costs more money than shaving up front, the long-lasting quality of laser hair removal will save you money in the long run. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!