Laser hair removal is performed by selectively treating the hair follicle without causing thermal damage to the surrounding tissue. Laser light is absorbed by melanin which is the target in hair. The light is converted to heat and then the heat damages the bulb disabling the hair structure. The heat loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair. Since pigment is necessary to treat effectively, we cannot treat white, gray, red, or light-blonde hair.
Hair has 3 growing cycles: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Laser hair removal is most effective in the Anagen phase (the active growth phase) because the hair then contains an abundance of melanin and cells are rapidly dividing. It is impossible to treat all the viable hair follicles in one session. To be effective, a series of 4-6 treatments are necessary. To target the active growth cycles, the treatments are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. During this time, it is important to shave or clip the new hair growth between hair removal treatments. No waxing, plucking or hair removal creams should be used since the hair shaft must be intact for the light energy to be transmitted to the hair bulb.
Almost all areas such as face, back, chest, bikini area, shoulders, legs and arms can be treated effectively, quickly and safely. Call us today at Access Wellness Healthcare to schedule your laser hair removal consultation and experience the freedom of no more waxing, tweezing or shaving!