Everything you ever wanted to know about laser hair removal
Then we collected the most frequently asked questions about laser hair removal, the answers to which were given by professional medical specialists.
How does laser hair removal work?
During the laser hair removal procedure, melanin - the pigment of color contained in the hair - absorbs the light flashes that the laser produces, which leads to heating, destruction and death of the hair follicle.
However, one procedure for successful removal of all hair is not enough, and here's why. There are three stages of hair growth: anagen, catagen and telogen. The laser acts on the hair in the anagen stage - this is the period of its active growth. Naturally, not all hairs are in this stage at the same time - other follicles “sleep” at this time, and they will pass into anagen only after some time. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct a certain number of sessions of laser hair removal,to act on all follicles in time as they enter the stage of active growth.
Is it really possible to get rid of hair forever?
To do this, you must wait for a complete change of hair, that is, the transition of each unwanted hair in the anagen phase. How much time and epilation sessions it takes will depend on each cultivated area and the characteristics of the body of each individual person. At the same time, new hair will be noticeably lighter, thinner and softer. On average, getting rid of hair takes from 3 to 7 procedures, which, depending on the factors listed above, can take from several months to a year, sometimes more.
A further effect is again based on the peculiarities of the health of each person and his hormonal background: certain changes in the body can eventually cause the regeneration of follicles and the appearance of new hair. On average, the effect lasts for about 5 years, and for people with a European appearance phenotype, it can last from 5 to 7 years.
What are the advantages of laser hair removal?
To date, it has been clinically proven that laser hair removal is the most reliable and long-term way to get rid of unwanted body hair,which in time fully pays for its high cost: calculate the estimated cost and time consumption that you spend on ordinary depilation for all this time, and the benefits will become obvious.
In addition, laser hair removal has several other advantages:
- the procedure is almost painless, delivers only some discomfort;
- the formation of scars or scars during laser hair removal is excluded;
- the session is held very quickly - from 10 minutes to an hour;
- the rehabilitation period after the procedure also passes quickly.
Is this method of hair removal suitable for all phenotypes?
Laser hair removal with the contrast of dark, hard hair and fair skin is the most easy and successful. But now there is a new modern equipment that allows you to remove hair of any color and with any skin tone - this is a diode laser. It is able to emit waves of increased length and power, thanks to which it affects both light, red, gray hair, and dark skin, being the only universal device for laser epilation. The most advanced cosmetology clinics use a diode laser during epilation, for example: www.arbat-esthetic.ru.
How to prepare for laser hair removal and what to do next?
In order for the hairs to be affected by a laser, their length should be from 2 to 5 mm, depending on the type of laser. Before the procedure, you can not sunbathe in the sun or in the solarium, about 2-3 weeks.
After the procedure, it is necessary to leave the treated area at maximum rest: do not try to pick open the black dots from the baked hair, do not use tweezers and do not depilate the legs with anything other than a razor. Your task is to no longer affect the burned out follicles in order not to provoke their regeneration anew. The following procedure will need to be carried out in 20-40 days.
For whom laser hair removal is contraindicated?
Before starting a course of treatment, everyone who wishes will need to consult with a doctor in private and find out if he has any specific contraindications to this type of hair removal. It is also not recommended to do laser hair removal for pregnant and lactating women.
Those who have a tattoo on the skin with unwanted hair will also have to give up laser hair removal: the laser effect will irreversibly ruin it and, having reacted with coloring pigments, may cause a burn.