What you need to know about how laser hair removal works

If you are tired of tweezing, shaving, or waxing away unwanted hair, it may be time to try laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is fast, effective, and long-lasting, and has become a very attractive option for many men and women. So what do you need to know about laser hair removal? This article looks at some of the most commonly asked questions.

1.    How does it work? Laser hair removal involves the use of laser technology to destroy the hair follicles and prevent re-growth. The laser energy targets the pigment at the base of the follicle, and as the heat penetrates, the follicle is destroyed.

2.    How many treatments do I need? The number of treatments needed depends on the area being targeted. However, patients need to be aware that lasers are unable to remove all the hair at once, because the follicles don’t grow at the same rate.  Hair can only be impacted by laser energy when it is in the anagen or growth phase.

3.    Is it painful? Compared to hair removal methods such as waxing and electrolysis, laser hair removal is only minimally painful. Many patients say that it feels a lot like the snapping of an elastic band against the skin.

4.    Is it safe? Laser hair removal is very safe, and there are lasers that are suitable for all skin types. However, patients should check with their medical practitioner to verify that the laser being used is suitable for their specific skin type, before undergoing the procedure.

Contact the Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Guilford, CT, for more information about laser hair removal. Call 844-551-9880 or 203-745-0340 today, and schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Langdon Connecticut.

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