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Laser Hair Removal Facts
- Laser hair removal is FDA approved hair reducer. Laser hair removal reduces hair from 75 to 90%. Not all hairs will be destroyed in the process. Many factors can contribute to the growth of excess hair on a person’s body: heredity, normal physiological changes, malfunctions of the endocrine system, medication, topical influences and stress.
- The laser may not see red hairs, white hairs and blonde hairs. Test spots are vital for an individual with light hair.
- Do not expect to be hair free after 1 treatment. Laser hair removal can take anywhere from 6-20 treatments depending on the area being treated.
- Laser hair removal is not a painless treatment. Many people describe it as a rubber band snap to the skin.
- Every hair goes through three cycles of growth, Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. The hair you can see is either in its active anagen growth cycle (still attached to the hair follicle) or in its inactive catagen phase (already separated from the follicle). The laser removes the active and inactive phases by passing through the skin and absorbing the melanin in the hair follicle.
- Laser finds melanin, suntans, water, oxyhemoglobin, ink and pigment in the hair follicle and destroys the hair bulb which contains the cells that regenerate hair.
- L.E.S. uses an Alexandrite laser which targets the melanin in the skin. The wavelength of light in the infrared spectrum is 755 nanometers.
- Electrolysis is FDA approved permanent hair removal method, but it takes a series of treatments to achieve permanency. However, hair can grow back later in life due to normal physiological changes, malfunctions of the endocrine system, medication, topical influences and stress.
- Please allow 3-5 days of hair growth. Having 3 days of hair growth will help your electrolysis locate the hair’s root.
- Electrolysis treats all skin types and works on all hair colors.
- The electrologist inserts a very fine, sterile probe targeting one hair follicle at a time. A very slight amount of electrical current is applied through this probe, which destroys the hair root, ending further growth. The goal is to cauterize the dermal papilla by destroying the blood supplying and stop hair growth.
- Hair growth has 3 phases, Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. It is best to treat the hair when it’s in the Angeon phase. This when the hair is visible and actively growing with blood supply attached.
- Since hair grows in cycles, not all hair is present at a time. The blood supply is diminished with each treatment and each hair grows back finer. Eventually the blood supply is destroyed and the follicle cannot grow another hair.
- Three methods or “modalities” are used in electrology. Galvanic, thermolysis, and blend all have their own merits, and one method is not better than another. Your success depends directly on the skill of the electrologist, the type of hair being removed, the condition of the skin and the pain threshold of the client.
- All three methods, when properly performed, can be thorough at destroying the hair matrix cells, and leaving follicles incapable of regrowing hair.
- Electrolysis treatment programs are tailored to the patient’s needs. Many factors determine the number and length of treatments required. Some of these may include the condition of the skin to be treated, the sensitivity of the skin, the number of follicles involved and even past methods of hair removal can impact treatment.