Permanent Hair Reduction

Laser hair removal is a long-lasting form of hair removal that damages or destroys the hair follicle. However, the hair may regrow, particularly if the follicle is damaged and not destroyed during the laser hair removal procedure. For this reason, many doctors now refer to laser hair removal as long-term hair removal rather than permanent hair removal. Read on to learn about how laser hair removal works, how long it lasts, and the costs of laser hair removal procedures.

There are three main types of permanent hair removal readily available at most good clinics, which are:

1. Laser

Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before getting laser hair removal, you should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.

2. IPL

Melanin is a naturally occurring pigment that is present in the hair follicle and skin and is associated with the color. Diode laser hair removal is regarded as more effective than the IPL by a majority of population.

When the melanin in the follicle heats up due to the absorbed energy, it destroys the root of the hair, disables the blood flow to it, and cuts out the hair growth permanently.

IPL is an effective hair removal method that uses pulsed light to damage the hair follicle, keeping new hairs from growing back. It is also used as a skin rejuvenation treatment and can improve the appearance of hyperpigmented lesions, such as sunspots, scars and beauty marks

3. Electrolysis

  • It is a method of permanent removal of individual hairs from the face or body. 
  • Current medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with a shortwave radio frequency using chemical or heat energy. 
  • A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, and the hair is removed with tweezers. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend. 
  • One should get the procedure done only from the people who have special training to perform electrolysis. 
  • Hair has different stages of growth (growing, resting and shedding) and at any given time all hair is at different stage. 
  • Thus, multiple sessions are needed to achieve the best possible results, and the total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. 
  • Each treatment session lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.
  • Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis. 
  • Common areas for woman are facial areas (upper lip, chin, neck, cheeks,), breasts, abdomen. It is not recommended for large areas such as legs, back and bikini areas.
  • Common areas for men are around the ears, top of the nose, eyebrows, cheeks above the line of the beard, around the edges of the beard and any areas where ingrown hairs are causing problems.

Hair follows a unique growth cycle that involves resting, shedding, and growing periods. Recently removed hair that is in a resting phase will not be visible to the technician or laser, so a person may need to wait until it regrows before removing it.

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