Ban the bane that is "hairy"

  • Friday December 22, 2006 | Posted in:

    We know of shaving, plucking and waxing techniques to remove hair.  These traditional methods provide only temporary relief.  And so the bane that is “hairy” remains.   

    What works best is electrolysis or Laser hair removal.  Hair removal is much faster with a laser as the laser is pulsed about once per second across the surface of the skin. The procedure works by targeting the pigment inside the hair follicle with very little damage to the delicate pores and structures of the skin.  

    The procedure starts by shaving the area to be treated. As the laser is activated, a small hand piece, or "wand" is placed against the skin and a burst of coolant is applied. The "wand" is repositioned and the laser is activated again. The number of laser "pulses" required will depend on the size or the area treated.   

    A needle is inserted into the hair shaft with the intention of reaching the follicle.  The "electrolysis" is actually small electrical charge that designed to disable the follicle.  Each "pulse" of laser light is sent and disables a large number of hair follicles.

    A laser treats any "active" follicle but only those that can be reach through the hair shaft.   Only hairs that the operators can see -- including hairs that have not yet reached the surface of the skin -- are treated.  The operator then removes that particular hair with a tweezer.

    While most patients report little or no discomfort, it is generally advised that some areas of the body are more sensitive than others.  For more sensitive patients and when necessary, anesthetic creams are applied prior to the treatment.

    Because hair cycles through "growth" and "dormant" phases, laser hair removal often requires several ongoing treatments.  But the number of sessions will vary for each individual.  For one, during the "dormant" phase when the follicle has no pigment, at least two or three treatments will be needed.

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