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Laser Hair Removal: A Special Kind of Light to Remove Body Hair

BY: Julie Molloy | Category: Health | Submitted: 2010-08-12 06:26:07
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Article Summary: "So many people would love to do away with the daily ritual of shaving or the painful ordeal of waxing. Laser hair removal is a permanent way of getting rid of facial or body hair would be a fulfilled dream for most..."

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Dozens of people would really love to go through their daily schedule without having to shave or wax again. It would be a dream come true for those who can finally be rid of facial or body hair forever. Throughout the years, laser hair removal has improved in such a way that a person may get an outcome he so desires after only a few sessions. A special kind of light set on a specified wavelength is used for the treatment, where this light is targeted on the hair follicle. Damage is inflicted on the follicle but not on the surrounding tissue.

There would be a need for the treatment to be repeated a few more times due to the fact that the laser only works during the hair's active cycle. You can get rid of a small patch of hair in your body if you just have four 10 to 15 minutes sessions. Six sessions of 30 to 45 minutes are necessary for individuals who require hair removal from their legs or back. Because the effectiveness of the process is only significant when the follicle is in its growth phase, the treatment is done at intervals of about four to five weeks.

Before the person receives treatment, he or she must avoid tanning for some weeks and must not wax or tweeze the area that is to receive treatment. The hair follicle can still be targeted by the laser, however, if shaving were to be done on the area to be treated. Majority of those who take the treatment say that the laser pulsing just feels like a pinch. Topical anesthetic cream is available for use of those who are more sensitive. A reddening patch might appear in that area afterward. When this happens, the clients are told not to go out under the sun's rays, but if they must, they should wear sun block.

For two years now, says a doctor and award winning plastic surgeon, there has been an amazing increase in the number of people who are asking for laser hair removal. A female doctor at a local spa points this out as the solution that would solve the needs of the increasing number of people who don't want the bother of waxing or shaving anymore. She says that her training as a technician was essential in providing her clients with the most comfortable treatment they could have at her spa.

Another physician says that he sometimes performs 15 procedures a day. Elimination of hair on the neck, shoulders, or back are the need of male clients who comprise 30 percent of the entire clientele. More and more men and women alike are seeking out ways to remove unwanted hair permanently and safely, physicians at a local clinic point out. The professionals all nod their heads in agreement that only those with training and the right qualifications can perform the procedure.

Permanent skin pigment damage, as well as serious burns, is a direct result of mishandled laser equipment. The doctor or technician should be made aware of any medical problems and prescriptions used, as certain medication, such as photosensitizing drugs, may affect the process. Normally, the clients would pay around $100 to $250 for a 15 minute session of the treatment. A patient explains that it's a small price to pay for the relief he gets from not having to shave or wax again.

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