Living in Austin, TX where the summers seem to keep getting longer each year, tank tops, shorts and swimsuits often become our routine wardrobe. With warmer weather comes the tiresome maintenance of keeping legs, underarms and other regions of the body stubble-free. Shaving every day is a tedious chore that most of us simply do not have the time or patience to tolerate. However, that one day you do forget to shave your underarms always seems to be the day you chose to wear that sleeveless top, right?
If you love having silky, smooth skin but are tired of shaving, waxing and plucking, only to have hair quickly return, don’t fret. Laser hair removal in Austin can help you get velvety smooth skin all year round!
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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal treatments work by targeting areas of the skin that contain melanin. Melanin is the material that gives color to our hair and skin, and the more melanin there is, the darker the result. If you remember from science class, dark colors absorb light whereas light colors reflect it. This is essentially the principle that laser hair removal works on. In patients with light skin, melanin is usually concentrated in the hair, which makes it a darker color than the surrounding skin.
In laser hair removal treatments, the laser light is specifically tuned to be absorbed by the hair follicle pigment. This allows the focused laser energy to be absorbed by the unwanted hair while being repelled by the lighter colored skin. Once absorbed by the follicle, this light energy is converted into heat, damaging the hair follicle and stunting future hair growth in that region.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Ideal candidates for laser hair removal treatments are typically those whose hair color is much darker than their skin. At Personique®, we customize your laser hair removal treatment based on your hair and skin type. Since laser energy is absorbed by melanin in the hair, laser hair removal is most effective for those with dark pigmented hairs. Blonde, red, white or gray hair are therefore more difficult to treat. Likewise, for darker skin tones. If you have recently had a lot of sun exposure, you may want to hold off on your laser hair removal treatments until your tan fades. However, those with naturally dark skin can still achieve desirable results when treated with the appropriate laser and wavelength by a skilled technician.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Since only 20% of the hair grows at any one time, and only the actively growing hair is destroyed by the laser, multiple sessions are required for complete hair removal. Typically, you will need 5 – 6 treatments on the targeted area to achieve major hair reduction. The number of sessions you require will largely depend on the size and amount of hair growth in the treatment area.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Virtually any area of the body can be treated using laser hair removal. Laser hair removal isn’t just for women either. If you are a man who just wants less thick hair growth, for instance on the back, chest or beard, laser treatment can help with this too.