Getting rid of unsightly down or hair is possible thanks to laser hair removal,
To do away with the drudgery of hair removal, many dream of it. To get rid of their hair, some women take the plunge and try laser hair removal. How does this technique work? Is it painful? Can anyone use it? What about efficiency? We tell you everything about laser hair removal.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is based on the removal of hair from the root. It is not torn off, unlike waxing or electric hair removal. It is the hair follicle which is destroyed by a laser beam. Its wavelength “attacks” exclusively the hair bulbs, without damaging any other structure of the skin. It is melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color, which, by absorbing the light produced by the laser, heats up to over 60 ° C and damages the hair follicle. Result: he can no longer make hair.
Note that hair removal with wax and pliers must be stopped as well as discoloration one month before the first session. You will then have to shave two days before waxing: it is used to avoid loss of energy absorbed by the hair. You do not get rid of your hair at once: it is advisable to plan 5 to 10 sessions, a variability which depends on age, skin type, gender or even the characteristics of the hair. The duration of a session varies from 15 minutes to 4 hours depending on the surface.
Laser hair removal is not a method that works for everyone unfortunately. It is more effective for people with brown or black hair and white skin than on those with blond or red hair (who have little melanin). This technique is not necessarily recommended for black, mixed or tanned skin because there is a risk of depigmentation of the b areskin
Laser hair removal and pain
Laser hair removal is almost painless; the patient just feels some tingling. It is a method practiced by a doctor without anesthesia and without hospitalization. The surface to be epilated is exposed to laser light. Each laser pulse processes an area of about two square centimetres, or about ten hairs. The patient and the practitioner should wear protective glasses.
Is laser hair removal final?
Let us rather say that it is a “long-term hair removal” with alteration of hair regrowth, reduction in their number and in their diameter. Over the sessions, the depilation is done longer and longer, from 4 weeks at the start to several months, and more and more marked: the hairs that remain are much finer.
How much does a laser hair removal session cost?
The price of a laser hair removal session varies depending on the practitioner, the areas to be treated and the number of sessions required. Here are some indicative figures to give you an idea of the prices and the number of sessions you will need if you want to use laser hair removal.
Before resorting to laser hair removal, a free consultation with the doctor is compulsory to check that it is possible and that there are no possible contraindications. At the end of this, a therapeutic protocol will be established: it must include the number of sessions and as well as the spacing between and the choice of laser.
It is recommended to start with a small area in order to measure the effects. – Laser hair removal is not covered by Social Security.
Side effects are rare and reversible. At worst, some redness will appear, to fade in 24 hours.