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What To Know About Laser Hair Removal

By: Chonticha Marijne | Mar 2 2007 | 495 words | 953 hits

All of us have to deal with hair removal on an almost daily basis. Tired of shaving and waxing, many people turn to laser hair removal as an option. It's best to know however, exactly what laser hair removal is and what it does.

No doubt about it, shaving and waxing becomes a timely burden, and for many, constant shaving causes rashes and unsightly skin blemishes that don't go away. More and more Americans are seeking laser hair removal options to address the issue, though many don't have the slightest idea of how it works or what this procedure entails. With any service, find out as much as you can before hand, ask questions, and make sure you choose your service provider wisely.

Laser hair removal is a process that uses light energy designed to penetrate beneath the skin layer to a hair follicle. The light beam converts to energy during the process, which serves to injure the hair follicle in order to disable and halt hair growth. However, this process will only work on growing hair. It's good to know that hair and hair follicles grow at different times and cycles, so laser hair removal must be completed in stages to be effective.

Many people don't know what to expect when obtaining laser hair removal services. Generally, prior to the session, ointment or topical anesthesia or numbing creams are applied to the area to beforehand, but most patients find that the procedure is relatively painless and forego this. Depending on the size of the area requiring laser hair removal, the procedure can take anywhere between ten minute to an hour or longer.

Several different types of equipment are available today for laser hair removal procedures, but bear in mind that the FDA only approves these pieces of equipment to slow down hair growth, not permanently remove it. Sometimes, hair will re-grow in areas treated with laser hair removal treatments if the timing of the removal isn't correct. Before you choose laser hair removal treatment as an option, check your local providers and then check with the FDA to determine which types and models of laser treatment equipment is approved.

Following laser hair removal procedures, expect the affected area to be red or even swollen. Any discomfort can be alleviated with creams and ointments and while you are able to immediately return to daily activities, avoid sun exposure. Also realize that hair may appear in the areas recently treated, but this is dead hair being exposed. You may shave those hairs, but do avoid waxing and bleaching them. Despite a few unpleasant side effects, laser hair removal procedures are nearly pain free and safe. Some people may experience some blistering or reddening around the area, and some even experience some burning and mild scarring. Laser hair removal experts say these side effects are temporary and should go away within a short period of time, but as with any surgical procedure, including laser hair removal, weigh the pros and cons before deciding.

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