What is Laser Hair Removal and is it a Good Option?

You know the struggle to rid your body of unwanted hair. It can sometimes seem like an almost daily battle. The seemingly endless cycle of plucking, waxing or shaving can be monotonous and time consuming. It can also be frustrating because the you can easily miss hairs, and those you do remove come back far too fast. If you are ready to break that cycle, laser hair removal is an option to look into. Here is what it is and how it can help.

How a Laser Removes Hair from a Treatment Area

A laser is a light-based device. It projects a focused beam of heat-producing light at your skin. The heat and light from the laser targets the pigment in your hair shafts and follicles (roots). The pigment is produced by melanin. When the laser light and heat interacts with the melanin, it makes each hair weaker. Eventually, the hairs become too weak and fall out.

Laser Hair Removal Treats Every Hair

One reason laser hair removal is so popular is the laser treats every hair. That is because hair removal machinery is quite precise. You can choose an area for your clinician to treat and he or she will make sure the laser targets every hair in the area. There is no danger of accidentally missing a hair, as you might when performing at-home procedures like shaving.

Laser Hair Removal Removes Entire Hairs

Another reason for the popularity of laser hair removal is it is a full-hair treatment. What that means is the laser weakens each entire hair it treats. Even the follicles, or roots, are affected. The same can not be said of certain other hair removal techniques. Most notably, when you shave hair off you leave the bottom portions of every hair intact. That allows them to grow back quickly. Often, the portions of each hair lurking under your skin’s surface are longer than the portions you can see. That is why using a technique like laser hair removal to really get to the root of the problem, literally, can help.

How Quickly Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal is often thought of as instant, but that is a myth. The truth is it can take several procedures before the hairs are weakened enough to fall out. Therefore, you should not expect to walk into your first laser hair removal appointment and then leave completely hair-free. The benefit of laser hair removal is more long-term. Once the hairs do fall out, you can enjoy much more hair-free time than you currently do after such processes as shaving at home.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent or Not?

The answer to the question “Is laser hair removal permanent or not?” is maybe, but not consistently. After undergoing a round of laser hair removal sessions, a lot of your hair in the treatment area may still come back. However, that process can take weeks or months. Some hairs may never return, if the follicles are damaged enough. However, such results are inconsistent and unpredictable. When hair does regrow in the treatment area, it may be fine enough that you may opt for light at-home maintenance in the future. On the other hand, you can choose to have additional laser hair removal sessions for maintenance purposes months or years after your initial treatments. It all depends on your goals, budget and the level of convenience you want.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

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