Laser hair removal employs the use of laser technology to get rid of unwanted hair from various parts of the body. The lasers work by emitting a gentle beam of concentrated light in the targeted hairy areas to disable hair follicles and get rid of the hair.
In the initial years, laser hair removal treatment was only meant for people who had light skin coupled dark hair. The lasers used at the time were Diode and Alexandrite that presented challenges for people who had darker skin and darker hair. The problems arose from the fact the early generations of lasers could not distinguish between the color of follicles and skin pigment resulting in burns on the skin.
The invention of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system and YAG has vastly improved laser technology ensuring that laser devices can differentiate between follicle color and skin pigment. These advances in laser technology have ensured that people with darker skin and dark hair can successfully get rid of unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal treatment is now quite comfortable. The lasers come with a cooling device that protects the skin and provides cooling on the outer layers of the skin.
Laser hair removal treatment takes a remarkably short time. However, the duration of treatment is dependent on the part of the part of the body from which hair is getting removed. Smaller areas such as the upper lip, chin, and underarm can be completed within a few minutes. Hair removal in larger areas such as the chest, back and legs can take a few hours.
You will require a number of sessions for laser hair removal to get the best results. Your dermatologist will discuss with you the number of visits required to successfully get rid of the unwanted hairs. The number of sessions required will be determined by factors such as skin tone, the color of hair, and coarseness of hair.
Laser hair removal treatment is an expensive procedure taking into account that you will require several visits to Dermis Advanced Skin Care for successful results. The whole treatment may cost you hundreds of dollars per session. The cost of laser hair removal will also vary depending on the area of hair removal. The largest areas of hair removal will tend to be the most expensive since they require more sessions and more time. The smaller areas take a few minutes and will definitely cost less.
How Safe is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal treatment is completely safe. The treatment should be performed by a professional for high levels of safety. Take note that after administration of laser hair removal the skin will appear red or pinkish on the targeted hair areas. The color change should disappear within a few minutes or a few hours and in rare cases, it may take a few days.
Laser hair removal may be associated with a little discomfort as the lasers travel through the skin. The discomfort has been described as a small pinch on the skin or a gentle snap of a rubber band. Other people do not feel any discomfort at all. Where the discomfort is intolerable, Dermis Advanced Skin Care in Ottawa can choose to use mild anesthetics to make laser hair removal treatment comfortable.