How Does Laser Hair Removal Work
If you are thinking about getting laser hair removal treatment and have questions about it. Read on to know more about how it works and how it can benefit you. En Vogue Medi-Spa offers effective and affordable laser hair removal in Southampton, PA and Langhorne, PA. For more information, contact our friendly staff to schedule a consultation.
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Laser hair removal is a skin treatment in which a laser is used to remove hair from various parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, back, chest, and face. The laser is applied to the area to be depilated, and the light from the laser destroys the hair follicle, preventing regrowth or causing the hair to grow back thinner and slower. Laser hair removal is a cost-effective alternative to traditional methods of hair removal, such as waxing and shaving, and is also safer for the skin than these traditional methods.
What is the hair growth cycle?
The hair growth cycle is a series of phases that take place in the hair follicle, starting with anagen, the active growth phase, and ending with telogen, the resting phase. During the active growth phase or anagen, the hair shaft is formed inside the hair follicle. The hair continues to grow and then protrudes from the epidermis, becoming visible above the skin. The duration of this phase is typically two to three weeks but also depends on the total length of the hair that is growing. This is the phase in which the hair is at its darkest pigment, making it easier to target hair via laser for removal due to its high transferability of heat energy. The next phase, catagen, is often called the transition stage because it is a short transitory period in which the hair stops growing and the hair follicles shrink in size. After the follicle breaks away from the dermal papilla, the dermal papilla regresses; this stage typically lasts for only a few days. The final stage, telogen, is the resting stage: there is no new hair growth as it is fully detached from the root; this detachment also renders the hair invisible from the surface. Because of this, laser hair removal is completely ineffective during the telogen stage. Before returning to the anagen phase, the telogen phase lasts for an undefined period, sometimes as little as one week or even longer than a year.
How do lasers work on killing hair?
Laser hair removal is a painless and effective way to reduce or remove unwanted hair and is one of the most popular methods of hair removal because it provides long-lasting results and can be used on a wide variety of skin types and hair colors. Despite its popularity, many people are still clueless as to how exactly lasers work when it comes to removing hair. The short answer is that lasers cause damage to the hair follicle, which prevents hair from growing, but the process is a lot more complex than this.
To elucidate further, laser hair removal works by the process of selective photothermolysis, which is a term used to describe when the laser beam is set at a specific wavelength. The melanin within the hair attracts the laser beam at its specific frequency, so none of the surrounding tissue is affected. As the energy from the light beam contacts the hair, it is converted into heat energy; this heat then travels down the hair shaft and into the hair bulb. After reaching the hair bulb, the heat destroys and kills the dermal papilla, the part responsible for the regeneration of hair. This results in thinner and slower hair growth after only two sessions, making laser hair removal one of the most effective hair removal techniques.
What do I need to know about my skin tone?
According to the Fitzpatrick scale, there are six discrete skin tones:
- I — The first tone is pale and always burns, but never tans.
- II — The second tone is fair and usually burns, but tans with difficulty.
- III — The third tone is slightly darker and sometimes burns, with tans that gradually change the skin to an olive-colored complexion.
- IV — The fourth skin tone is darker; it rarely burns and tans with ease to medium brown.
- V — The fifth tone is a rich brown color and very rarely burns, but tans quite easily.
- VI — The sixth tone is highly pigmented (dark-colored), never burns, and tans very easily.
The professionals at En Vogue Medi-Spa are dedicated to helping you learn about the benefits of laser hair removal. Our clinics are located in Southampton, PA and Langhorne, PA. For more information, contact our friendly staff to schedule a consultation. We are open 5 days a week and serve clients from Southampton PA, Langhorne PA, Newtown PA, Woodmont PA, Willow Grove PA, Horsham PA, Levittown PA, Parkland PA, and surrounding areas.
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