Let’s face facts here: a woman with a beard is rarely considered alluring. Neither is a woman with a mustache, albeit a faint one, unless you are Frida Kahlo fan or a Vladmir Nabokov aficionado. Assuming you are neither, what can you do if you fear you are turning into the Bearded Lady at the circus, apart from plucking, bleaching and shaving?
Laser hair removal does not claim to get rid of hair permanently, although when done regularly you may see permanent hair reduction.
Unfortunately, plucking, bleaching and shaving don’t really work in those oh-so visible parts of the body such as the face – and neither do tweezing or waxing. It might be okay to pluck a stray nipple hair now and then or to shave your underarms, but using a razor on a female upper lip is NOT the way to go Laser hair removal.
So when all has has failed, luckily there finally is a relatively new technique that promises to put an end to our daily quest to rid ourselves of unwanted hair: laser hair removal. But when all is said and done, does it really get rid of that hairy problem?
The short answer is: yes.
How Does Laser hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal became widely available in the middle of the 1990s. Clever boffins discovered that lasers can cause damage to parts of the human body, such as skin and hair, by heating specific targets. Where hair is concerned the target is melanin, a dark matter present in the follicle, which causes the hair to grow.
Advanced scientific techniques resulted in a laser which, when yielded correctly, would target the follicle and damage it, but leave surrounding skin intact. Basically, the follicles are heated and become inflamed, which makes them retreat to the resting, or telegen, phase, and stop growing.
In the past, lasers could only work on dark eumelanin, responsible for brown or black hair, and not pheomelanin, which produces blonde and red hair. But now other hair types can also be removed.
To ensure that your hair is gone and your skin isn’t, however, the skill of the person carrying out the procedure is vital. The darker your skin is, the harder it is to produce good results – and the easier it is to damage the skin itself. Risks of shoddy laser hair removal can include acne flare-ups, burning, white spots and skin discoloration – this can be avoided by using one of three types of lasers which are suitable to your specific skin type.
Remember: laser hair removal does not claim to get rid of hair permanently, although when done regularly you may see permanent hair reduction. Most people will need a series of treatments, anywhere between three and five at least four weeks apart, for best results – although that depends on the amount of hair, its coarseness etc. Maintenance or upkeep treatments are also recommended, although they can take place just once a year.