Typically patients will see results in 4-6 treatments, though this number will vary based upon skin tone, hair color and several other factors. Our Dr. will talk to you about variables that may effect your individual results.
The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis (SPTL), the matching of a specific wavelength of lightand pulse duration to obtain optimal effect on a targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissue. Lasers can cause localized damage by selectively heating dark target matter, melanin, in the area that causes hair growth, the follicle, while not heating the rest of the skin. Light is absorbed by dark objects, so laser energy can be absorbed by dark material in the skin, but with much more speed and intensity. This dark target matter, or chromophore, can be naturally-occurring or artificially introduced.
Melanin is considered the primary chromophore for all hair removal lasers currently on the market. Melanin occurs naturally in the skin, and gives skin and hair their color. There are two types of melanin in hair. Eumelanin gives hair brown or black color, whilepheomelanin gives hair blonde or red color. Because of the selective absorption of photons of laser light, only black or brown hair can be removed. Laser works best with dark coarse hair. Light skin and dark hair are an ideal combination, being most effective and producing the best results, but new lasers are now able to target dark black hair with some success in patients with dark skin.
Hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997 and have been approved for "permanent hair reduction" in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Under the FDA's definition, "permanent" hair reduction is the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs regrowing after a treatment regime. Indeed, many patients experience complete regrowth of hair on their treated areas in the years following their last treatment. This means that although laser treatments with these devices will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair. Laser hair removal has become popular because of its speed and efficacy, It has also been noted that some people are "non-responders".
For some, male and female, having an excess of body hair or hair in undesirable places, can damage our confidence and make life difficult and public appearances embarrassing.
There are many perfectly natural reasons why body and facial hair grows the way it does, where it does - but luckily, a visit to North East Laser Vein Institute can help eliminate this problem from your life.
Depending on your skin type and health status, laser hair removal treatments can be extremely beneficial. The elimination of unwanted hair can take up to six sessions, with intervals of up to a few months between each session. We use state of the art laser technology during sessions, which last from a few minutes up to one hour.
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