Hair typically grows all over the human body and varies in thickness and length from person to person. While a good head of hair is associated with feminine beauty and male virility, the presence of hair on specific body parts can be a nuisance. For example, most women prefer not to have hair on their legs, armpits, bikini line, and arms. Today, hair removal methods like shaving and waxing can help you achieve smooth, hair-free skin. However, their effects are short-lived and pose side effects like ingrown hairs, inflamed hair follicles, and itching. The good news is Ayan Wellness offers laser hair removal – a procedure that effectively delays hair growth for an extended period.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to destroy hair follicles, getting rid of unwanted hair and delaying its growth. This procedure can eliminate hair on armpits, legs, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. It is possible to use laser hair removal on nearly any area except the eyelids, eyebrows, and surrounding regions due to the possibility of severe eye injury.
How does laser hair removal work?
During treatment, a device emits laser light absorbed by the hair’s pigment (melanin). The absorbed light is converted into heat energy, destroying the hair follicles beneath the skin; these tube-shaped sacs or hair follicles produce hairs. Therefore, when damaged, hair growth is inhibited or delayed. The success of laser hair removal is determined by skin type and hair color. As a fundamental principle of this treatment, the hair pigment, not the skin pigment, should absorb light energy. The laser should only damage the hair while leaving the skin intact. Laser hair removal works best when there is a contrast between hair and skin color.
The risk of skin damage is higher when an individual has dark hair and dark skin since the skin pigment can absorb light, causing burns. But technological advancements have made laser hair removal an option for individuals with darker skin. The treatment is less effective for hair colors with poor light absorption. These include gray, red, blonde, and white hairs. Development of laser treatment options for other hair colors besides black is underway.
How safe is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a safe procedure when performed by a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon skilled in the process. For this reason, you should be wary of spas and salons that allow nonmedical personnel to perform the procedure. If you are considering laser hair removal, consult your healthcare provider to ensure you are a good candidate. An initial discussion with your healthcare also allows you to know what the procedure entails, including the risks and benefits.
Laser hair removal’s risks and side effects vary with hair and skin color, treatment plan, and compliance to pre and post-treatment care. For example, your skin is likely to lighten if you have darker skin or didn’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment. Skin irritation is typical after treatment; this tends to subside within several hours.
Book an appointment with your provider at Ayan Wellness for laser hair removal to enjoy smooth, glossy, hair-free skin.