We all have unwanted hair and we all wish to have them removed forever. But traditional methods of hair removal such as shaving, tweezing and waxing only remove hair temporarily, having to repeat them over and over again. With the advent of laser hair removal, permanent or close-to-permanent hair removal can now be a wish come true.
Laser hair removal involves the use of laser machines that emit specific wavelengths that selectively target the melanin in the hair via absorption, and in the process
destroy the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding tissues. This safely and effectively achieves sustained hair removal in the treated area as absolute hair growth is reduced over repeated treatment sessions.
The skin is usually assessed by the doctor for suitability for laser hair removal during consultation. In general, most people can safely undertake laser treatment; long-pulsed Nd:YAG lasers have made it possible to treat darker-skinned individuals without causing pigmentary complications, and are in fact, the safest and most effective lasers for darker skin types. However, a recent exposure to sun for long periods (as with suntans) within a month or waxing will deem one unsuitable for the treatment.
The effectiveness and convenience of laser hair removal is undeniable. Treatment time is usually short unless large areas of the body is covered. Moreover, pre-treatment with numbing cream and cooling measures during treatment make the experience with laser hair removal a largely comfortable one. It is easy to see why laser hair removal is a popular choice of treatment amongst those who desire smooth and hairless skin.