20 Apr The Workings Of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal makes use of a pigment in our bodies called melanin. Melanin is what gives our skin, eyes, and hair their color. It also helps protect us from the dangerous radiation from the sun. On a clear sunny day, for example, melanin in your skin will soak up the sun’s harmful UV rays before they penetrate deeper into the skin.
Unlike ordinary light, which is made up of different wavelengths, a laser beam only contains one wavelength. These wavelengths travel in unison in the same direction, creating a very narrow beam of light that can be focused on a very tiny spot. The result is a very concentrated, very powerful form of energy.
How Safe Is Laser Hair Removal?
It may seem counterintuitive to bombard your body with intense, concentrated beams of radiation, however, rest assured that laser hair removal is safe — as long as it’s done correctly, by an experienced and licensed dermatologist. However, don’t expect to get a full body laser done in one sitting. Your body can only handle small doses of radiation at a time.
Additionally, the treatment works best on those with light skin (which has low amounts of melanin) and dark hair (which has higher amounts of melanin); the melanin in the hair draws the radiation away from the skin. Therefore, unfortunately, those coarse, grey hairs we get as we age are not good targets for laser hair removal.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Of course, the ultimate goal of laser hair removal is to stop hair growth. To do that, the procedure has to do some damage.
Once a cell hits temperatures approaching a sizzling 140 degrees Fahrenheit, it starts to fall apart. The hotter the temperature and the longer it’s maintained, the higher the chance the cell will die. Laser hair removal capitalizes on this. By damaging the germ cells in the follicle, it keeps the hair from growing altogether. And it definitely does the job.
But, to get the job done you must have laser hair removal done every 6 to 12 weeks, assuring that all follicles are damaged enough to die off.
Laser Hair Removal at Spectrum Dermatology
If you are ready to rid yourself of unwanted hair with Laser Hair Removal, we can help. At Spectrum Dermatology we have the state of the art laser equipment that, along with our experienced staff, will achieve the results you desire. With summer approaching it’s time to consider Laser Hair Removal. Give Spectrum Dermatology a call at (480) 948-8400 to set up your private consultation.