Epilation performed by laser was performed experimentally for about 20 years before it became commercially available in the mid-1990s. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) epilators, though technically not a laser, use xenon flash lamps that emit full-spectrum light. Laser and light-based methods, sometimes called phototricholysis or photo epilation, are now most commonly referred to collectively as “laser hair removal”. Laser hair removal became very popular in the past several years.
There are several benefits that make laser hair removal so popular. The main benefit is the fact that laser hair removal is a cosmetic method that is considered non-surgical. Through the use of laser hair removal patients are able to permanently remove the undesirable (or excessive) body or facial hair. Since this is a permanent removal, the laser hair removal procedure allows you to achieve results faster and for a longer period. The actual laser hair removal procedure is not invasive and is usually not painful. This is also a procedure that is not too expensive. Prices for laser hair removal are continuing to drop as the technology continues to improve.
Different laser hair removal methods are developed and offered by different organizations. The actual time it will take to go through the laser hair removal procedure will depend on the skin type and area from which you would like to have the hair removed. This can be as short as a few minutes or as long as a few hours. The laser hair removal procedure is based on the use of low-energy laser. In general, this laser removes hair by disabling the hair follicles. You will find laser hair removal a soft and virtually painless process that will cause only the smallest discomfort.
To begin preparation for the laser hair removal procedure you will need to avoid electrolysis, waxing or plucking for approximately three weeks prior to the procedure. Sun tanning and exposure should also be avoided in the areas which will be treated.
After your treatment is done, you should be able to return to your normal everyday routines and work schedules immediately. Keep exposure to the sun to a minimum of about two weeks after your treatment.
* A non-invasive, gentle technique that eliminates undesirable hair from all parts of the body.
* Leaves skin looking smoother and silkier.
* Treats larger areas effectively because it removes more than one hair at a time.
* Minimal discomfort.
* Replaces waxing, electrolysis, and razors.
* Immediate return to normal activities.
Who is a candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Almost anybody who has undesirable hair is a candidate for laser hair removal. However certain conditions may complicate treatment. Laser hair removal achieves the best results with light-skinned, dark-haired individuals. Lasers with longer wavelengths are generally useful for darker-skinned patients.
What can one expect during laser hair removal?
One wears goggles for preventing accidental exposure of the eyes to laser light in the process. When the laser is operated, one experience a stinging sensation. Sometimes, a topical local anesthetic is used prior to the process for reducing discomfort. The process develops a minor charring of stubble.
How long the process takes, depends on the part of the body that is involved. A little portion of the body such as the upper lip can take a few minutes for removing hair and the largest portion such as the back can need many hours.