Laser hair removal is so great we now wonder how we got by without it! But how does it work?
To help you understand laser hair removal, we’ll first begin by describing what the laser does, and then we will give you some information about the way the body grows hair and what this means for laser hair removal.
Both types of lasers that we use have been approved by the FDA for safe and effective hair reduction. During treatment, the laser emits a pulse, which travels through the skin and is attracted to the darkness of the hair. The laser then heats up the hair’s shaft and root, destroying it. Because the follicle is eliminated, it is unable to re-grow hair. The Dynamic Cooling Device™ of our Candela GentleLASE Plus® laser emits a highly focused spray of coolant on the skin just before each laser pulse, targeting the exact area. This process protects the epidermis from overheating, burning, and scaring while reducing any discomfort.
So, a damaged hair follicle means no more hair. Because the laser effectively targets many hairs at one time, lots of follicles are destroyed at once. This allows us to remove the hair of large areas in a very quick treatment session.
Below is some additional information that will help you to better understand laser hair removal, and the factors that affect hair growth. The human body has a mixture of hairs with varying amounts of melanin, also known as dark pigment, and a combination of activated hairs that are cycling through the growth cycle and hairs that have not yet become active. Most importantly, many factors such as hormones, age, ethnicity, weight, metabolism, and medication all influence the body’s hair growth.