What Exactly Is Laser Hair Removal and How Does It Work?

If you have a car, a television, a computer or some kind of radio source, you have probably heard about companies advertising their laser hair removal services time after time again. But do you understand what really is it and why it has become so popular? First of all, it has been proven by many studies that unwanted hair and its sudden regrowth can become a source of distress and behavioral changes in both men and women. Removing hair with laser has become the second most popular method in the United States after shaving with a razor. This is because it doesn’t require individuals to spend endless amounts of time weekly and sometimes even daily trying to shave off any hair that doesn’t belong in certain areas.

Laser hair removal consists of the use of laser beams of highly concentrated light designed to effectively penetrate deep into hair follicles and destroy them from the inside out, leading to the loss of unwanted hair. Depending on the technology of each clinical suite or spa that provides such services, the lasers used to perform such a procedure may vary greatly from a vast variety of lasers available on the market. The popularity of this method can be produced by the fact that lasers can remove unwanted hair from a great variety of places in the body such as the legs, arms, back and underarms along with many others. It can also permanently remove or reduce the amount of hair growth that an individual experiences regardless of any conditions that cause hair growth. The majority of lasers used in the industry are FDA approved and are guaranteed to reduce hair growth until it is permanently removed.

While some individuals will need a very small amount of sessions to achieve optimal results, others will require several sessions and maintenance treatments to maintain such an amount of hair removal.

Laser hair removal has become popular not only due to its incredible results, but also all of its benefits. Unlike razors, this method does not cause any irritation or pain to the skin and does not cause ingrown hairs. Instead, it simply targets dark and coarse hairs in the body and uses its light to penetrate the hair, causing it to absorb the light and self-destruct, leaving the surrounding skin undamaged and unharmed. Also, while shaving in the shower can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, smaller areas such as the areola or upper lip can be completely hair free in less than one minute. Larger areas on the other hand such as the legs or the stomach can be smooth and hair free in less than an hour.