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Spa 101: Laser Hair Removal

Fifty years ago, it would’ve been a Back-to-the-Future-type of experience; who would’ve thought that we’d be using something as technologically advanced as lasers to aid in hair removal? Of course, 50 years ago was 50 years ago, but FDA-approved laser hair removal actually became commercially available in the mid-1970s! While it might still sound like a scary procedure to some, laser hair removal has been practiced by cosmetic physicians and trained specialists for decades now and can be a no-fuss way get rid of unwanted hair, anywhere on your body. And although the general opinion is that laser hair removal is permanent, and the FDA approved it as “permanent reduction,” it doesn’t always work on everyone.

What is it and how does it work?

Laser hair removal is a procedure where hair is removed from the body using a long pulse laser. A hand-held laser device, operated by a specially-trained laser specialist or a doctor depending on where you go, sends pulsed light out onto the skin to disable the hair follicle. Generally, it takes about 10-14 days for the hair to fall out. Since other hairs are at different points of the growth cycle, several treatments are necessary to completely disable all of the follicles.

There are actually ideal candidates for laser hair removal based on skin tone and hair color. Since the lasers target darker pigments, the ideal candidate is someone with fair skin, and darker, coarser hair. Anyone interested in getting the procedure should get a consultation.

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