One cosmetic treatment that has risen steadily in popularity around the country in recent years is laser hair removal. But my Plymouth and Ann Arbor patients are still skeptical about how effective this treatment really is, despite wanting to remove hair themselves. When performed by a qualified laser technician, laser hair removal can create long-lasting results.
Laser hair removal uses a beam of intense, concentrated light and applies it to the part of the patient’s body that needs treatment. The light is directed through a handpiece controlled by the technician. This mode of delivery ensures that even small areas of the body can be accurately targeted. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the hair follicle, damaging it and eventually limiting its growth. Unlike electrolysis, which eliminates only 1 hair at a time, laser hair removal can treat larger areas, making it a practical option for areas such as the back and legs.
Though laser hair removal does not eliminate hair forever, it can reduce the amount of hair and slow its growth over the course of many years. Different people have different responses to laser hair removal, and the effectiveness of this treatment can be affected by factors such as age, ethnicity, hormones, medication, and more. Some people require several treatments to achieve their desired look, while others may be satisfied after 2 or 3.
Men and women of all ages seek out laser hair removal because they’re embarrassed or annoyed by unwanted hair. Sometimes, this inconvenience can even be painful, as people experiment with harsh removal methods such as waxing, threading, and chemical depilatories — none of which keep hair at bay for long. For many people, laser hair removal is indeed an effective, simple technique that can keep them out of the salon for years.