How laser hair removal works

There are hair growing in the areas on the body, head and face that people would rather have removed. These are usually the sections of the underarms, chest, back and the bikini areas. For women, the most common areas of concern are the face and the legs. Going to salons that cater to hair removal is a usual practice to get rid of unwanted hair. The methods used are often waxing or threading. Both have a certain degree of pain involved and can result in redness of the skin.

Laser hair removal is a more advanced method than waxing or threading. It involves targeting the hair follicles at its roots with a focused beam of light to impair it just enough to obstruct future growth. The pigment absorbs this light and leads to the destruction of the hair follicle. The heat generated from the procedure is not supposed to cause discomfort. It might be similar to being pinched or feel like the whip from an elastic band. For those that have sensitive skin, a topical solution may be added to cool it down during the procedure.


Preparing for a session will require the patient to research on the laser removal provider. It is not as simple as undergoing the procedure. Due diligence must be conducted in order to find out the credentials and skill level of the specialist that is supposed to provide the service. There are a lot of laser removal clinics that are only such by name and not really providers of quality service that is expected of them.

The skin itself should also be ready to receive the treatment. This is accomplished by leaving it untouched at least six weeks before a session. It would entail avoiding any waxing, plucking or electrolysis because this would take out the very hair roots that the laser removal procedure is targeting in the first place. Direct sun exposure should also be minimized within the same amount of time because it can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment and increase the risk of complications after.

The procedure itself will begin by trimming existing hair to about a few millimeters above the treated area. It is true that laser hair removal is a precise method of aiming at the hair roots while leaving the surrounding skin unscathed. Eye protection however, should be worn as a precaution for both the patient and technician. Next, laser light pulses will be emitted over the test areas in the skin to check if there would be any untoward reactions to it. The technician will observe the surface of the skin for a few minutes before proceeding further. Taking out the hairs itself would only take a fraction of a second upon verifying that it is safe to continue. This will be repeated over and over until the desired skin surface is hairless. Recovery will take about two days and slight blistering is to be expected over that time. Patients will be able to achieve permanent hair loss at a rate of about ninety percent out of all the cases treated.