How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Simple, painless, and effective. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular methods of reducing unwanted body hair so that you can achieve the perfect silky-smooth look. Designed for permanent hair reductions, laser hair removal side-steps the fast regrowth that can occur after shaving, tweezing, or waxing by removing hair at the root, so that it stays gone for longer – even permanently in most cases.*ⁱ
Ever since laser hair removal was first FDA-approved in the mid-1990s for the purpose of “permanent” hair reduction,” the technology has evolved into a streamlined, efficient, and pain-free way to banish hair anywhere on the body.
As the authority of laser hair removal in Southlake, TX, Santé Medical Aesthetics provides everything you need to know about laser hair removal, and what it can do for your beauty routine.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser Hair Removal is an aesthetic treatment that uses innovative “SPTL,” or Selective Photothermolysis, to remove unwanted hair from the body. Many laser systems provide hair removal. The best laser hair removal results come from highly trained experts using top of the line technology. One of the best systems for laser hair removal is Candela. For many candidates, the Candela laser system can remove hair from nearly anywhere on the body, including the face, torso, armpits, legs, bikini area, and more.
The Candela system focuses a specific wavelength of light energy onto an area of the skin. This wavelength penetrates the hair follicle without causing any damage to the surrounding skin cells. The root of the hair follicle absorbs the wavelength, which causes damage to the growth phase of the hair, causing it to drop away from the skin. In most cases, laser hair removal can also destroy the follicle to such an extent that it prevents future hair growth. Importantly, hair must be in the active growth stage during the laser treatment for the laser to have full effect.ⁱ
Why is it Called “Permanent” Hair Removal?
Unlike waxing, shaving, and tweezing, laser devices like the Candela system have been approved by the FDA as a “permanent” source of hair reduction. Because laser hair removal works by destroying hair follicles, this prevents the hair from growing back. However, individual results can vary depending on how resilient a follicle might be.*
As mentioned above, for laser hair removal to have a permanent effect, it must be used on hair in the “Anagen” stage of growth. At any moment, around 20-30% of the hair on your body will be in the Anagen stage. This means that each hair removal session will only destroy a specific amount of the hair in the treated region. In other words, most clients require multiple sessions to achieve full coverage hair removal.
Though results require some patience, the benefits of laser hair removal can include:
- Painless hair removal with no down time
- Long-term hair reduction
- Silky smooth skin
- Reduced risk of razor burn and waxing discomfort
- Minimal risk of ingrown hairs
Where Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal systems like the Candela system can be effective on various parts of the body. However, it’s worth noting that the number of hair removal sessions required for each area of the body can vary. For instance, because facial hair is often less dense than leg hair, there may be fewer sessions required.
The easiest way to make sure that you’re prepared for your laser hair removal experience is to speak to the experts and discuss the treatment course that’s right for you. Like any cosmetic treatment, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to hair removal. Here at Santé Medical Aesthetics we’ll help you to find the solution that works best for you. Contact us today for your complimentary consultation.