Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?
Waxing is expensive and inconvenient. Scheduling session after session and
carving time out of a busy schedule to do this uncomfortable procedure is just a
hassle. Shaving is also inconvenient and time consuming. So what about Laser
Hair Removal? It’s more cost effective, convenient and comfortable than most
people think. Although most people reference Laser Hair Removal, the FDA states
that this procedure is actually Laser Hair Reduction. At the end of a series of
sessions, you can expect 90% of existing hair to be reduced. This is because as
humans we have stem cells. And stem cells can become any cell your body needs.
When you kill hair follicles, your body thinks it needs to produce more hair
follicles. This is why most LHR clients require annual touch ups.
How does LHR work?
Laser Hair Removal/Reduction works by utilizing laser light energy with specific
wavelengths. During treatment lasers emit focused light energy onto the skin. The
melanin in the hair absorbs this energy and converts it into heat which either kills
the hair follicle or puts it into a state of dormancy. If the follicle only goes
dormant it remains so for a much longer period of time than waxing or shaving. If
the hair does grow back it will be lighter, finer and fewer in number.
The Hair Growth Cycle – Six weeks and Six Sessions
What is the Hair Growth Cycle? The three phases of growth through which each
hair goes… the growing phase or Anagen; the regressing phase or Catagen; and the
resting phase or Telogen. Laser Hair Removal is only effective when the hair is in
the Anagen phase of growth. The Anagen phase is the only time when the hair
and the follicle are connected which allows the energy to travel directly down
the follicle. Only 20% of all body hair is in the Anagen phase of growth at
any one time. For that reason one session can only treat 20% of hair in the
area. This explains why treatment packages are required and include several
sessions and maintenance to get those desired “close to permanent” results.