Friday, December 16, 2011
Laser hair removal is a technique that uses beams of highly concentrated light to penetrate the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by pigment in the hair follicles and destroys the hair within the follicle. Next to Botox injections, laser hair removal is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the U.S.
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, and bikini line as well as other areas where unsightly hair is a problem. Benefits of laser hair removal include precision, speed, and predictability. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour. Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.
If this is a treatment option you are considering, we recommend scheduling a consultation to see if this treatment will be successful for you based on the opinion of a trained and certified professional. At Warthan Dermatology, we want the best results for you! Thank you WebMd for all the helpful and concise information. If you click on the blue links in our post, it will take you to the WebMd page.