Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed worldwide. Both men and women seek this treatment to remove unwanted and unsightly hair from anywhere on their body. The most common areas treated include: lips, chin, bikini, armpits, legs, arms, chest, and back.
The laser beam targets the pigment in the hair follicle. The hair follicle acts as a conduit, conducting the laser energy (heat) to the hair bulb. The blood vessels located in the hair bulb are destroyed. Without the blood supply there are no nutrients supplied to the hair follicle and hair growth is no longer possible. The best results are obtained in fair-skinned individuals with dark hairs. People with tanned skin either from the sun or self tanners are advised to wait until a more suitable time.
Because of the nature of the hair growth cycle, series of laser hair removal treatments are needed.
Three Stages of Hair Growth
- Anagen phase is the active hair growth phase. During this phase, the hair follicle is directly connected to the blood vessels. It is ONLY during this stage that we can permanently destroy the hair follicle.
- Catagen phase is the dormant phase. The hair is no longer in contact with its blood supply. The hair can be destroyed during this phase but not permanently. The hair will grow back in time.
- Telogen phase is the shedding phase. During this stage the hair is totally dormant. The hair is falling out but can’t be destroyed. Within an area not all hair follicles are in the same hair growth cycle at the same time. Therefore only the hairs in the Anagen phase of the growth cycle are destroyed.
The success of your laser hair removal treatments is dependent upon many factors. Of utmost importance is the quality of the laser equipment and training and expertise of the individual running this equipment. My staff is highly trained and experienced in the use laser equipment. Our goal is to provide safe outcomes with the best possible results.