Permanent Laser Hair Removal
Is Permanent Laser Hair Removal For
by: Bill Wilson
you have finally decided that the unwanted hair has to
go. You are sick and tired of the daily or weekly ritual
of shaving, waxing, or creaming off the hair, and want
a more permanent solution. Many people turn to the latest
trend in hair removal - the laser.
This procedure has been touted as the permanent solution
to unwanted hair removal, and has shown great promise
in delivering on that claim. However, before investing
your valuable time and hard earned money into laser treatments,
don't you owe it to yourself to perform a little research
on the procedure?
Of course you do, and the following questions and answers
will assist you in making an educated decision as to whether
laser treatments are right for you.
Exactly what is the laser procedure?
The laser hair removal process centers on the delivery
of light, at a specified wavelength, from a handheld instrument
into the skin, where it targets darker material. This
material is usually the pigment found in the hair. This
causes damage to the hair follicle, slowing or eliminating
future growth, while not affecting the surrounding tissue
Is the procedure safe?
The procedure has been deemed safe by the FDA when administered
by a licensed medical practitioner. Always use a licensed
medical doctor, preferably a dermatologist or plastic
surgeon, to perform these treatments. And don't be afraid
to request customer references from your prospective doctor
before signing up for treatments.
Will I need more than one treatment?
The laser procedure is generally a multi-visit hair removal
process. Basically, the larger the area of unwanted hair,
i.e. back or legs, the greater the number of treatments
required. This should be a key factor in your decision
to use this procedure, because treatments can be rather
Who is best suited for this procedure?
People who tend to respond most positively to this procedure
tend to be light skinned and possess a darker hair color.
The laser procedure is not as effective on unpigmented
hair, such as, gray or blonde hair. Those who have darker
skin tones, or tans, must be very cautious due to the
risk of tissue damage. Extreme cases have been known to
experience burns, lesions or even skin discoloration.
Are the results of the laser procedure permanent?
This is a question which is still being debated. Because
of the relative newness of the procedure, data collection
has been less than adequate. Until more experience and
analysis is available, be wary of any doctor claiming
that it is 100% foolproof. At present, the medical consensus
is that the laser hair removal process will result in
a range of outcomes, dependent on the patient's physical
characteristics. In general, you can expect to experience
a dramatic reduction in hair growth, and if and when hair
does re-grow, it will come back lighter in color or finer
One thing to remember before committing to laser treatments
is that the procedure is still relatively new and results
can vary considerably. If you decide that this hair removal
process is for you, your next step is to consult with
a medical practitioner of your choice and ask plenty of
tough questions. If you are 100% satisfied with all of
the doctor's answers, then this may very well be the answer
to your unwanted hair dilemma.
About The Author
Bill Wilson is a writer of health and beauty articles
for a number of skin and hair care websites. For more
information visit: http://www.affordable-hair-removal.net.