How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal treatments are becoming more popular with every year passing. This procedure is most often done at the dermatologist office but can also be performed at home. There are some important facts about laser hair removal that you should be aware of before going in for the treatment. These facts include the risks, which are usually minimal. Indoor laser hair removal and outdoor laser hair removal are two completely different procedures.
Laser hair removal, also known as laser hair removal, is a safe, efficient cosmetic dermatologic procedure. The laser heats the hair follicle so that the follicle cannot grow back hair. Hair grows in cycles, normally about two to three years.
During the laser hair removal procedure, the patient is placed in a reclining chair. A laser device, similar to a pencil, targets the hair. The intensity of the laser hair removal process varies based on the hair being treated. In some treatments, the laser energy is so intense that it only takes about one minute to heat hair. In other treatments, the treatment may take a little longer, sometimes lasting up to four hours.
The success rate for this procedure depends upon many factors. For example, if the patient is fair-skinned, then the chances of a successful treatment are greater than if the patient is black, because the laser works better on fair-skinned people. Another factor that affects the success rate of laser treatments is the individual characteristics of the patient. Skin type and ethnicity also play a role. The type of hair being treated, such as curly or wavy hair, also affects the success rate. Another factor that affects the rate of success is whether the laser being used is the standard or indy laser.
Standard lasers work by applying heat to hair follicles below the surface of the skin. The laser then vaporizes the keratin, which causes the hair to be broken down. The damaged hair is then removed from the treated area by the laser. The process of vaporizing the hair also makes the treated area less likely to develop an infection or become irritated.
An indy laser, which is short for “indium”, breaks down the hair at the root, so that the hair is not damaged. This means that fewer hairs are treated with the same laser hair removal treatment, and the number of treatments required to permanently remove hair increases. However, because more hairs are damaged, there is a higher risk of scarring. Some patients find that having several sessions of indy laser hair removal makes their skin look smoother after the first session.