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Almost everyone has been to a laser light show or seen the space epic, Star Wars. That fascinating glowing beam called a laser, shooting far into the night sky or zig-zagging around a concert arena, has become our visual symbol of high-energy cutting-edge technology. We’ve gradually become accustomed over the years to accepting new methods almost without question, so it’s in our best interest to get as much information on laser hair removal as possible before thoughtlessly applying such a powerful force as this to our bodies in an effort to be well-groomed.

Laser Hair Removal is a relatively simple process but has complex aspects; some of these play a larger role in this procedure than others. It’s not necessary to be a rocket scientist to understand these, just a grasp of the fundamentals will assist you on the task of selecting a suitable laser hair removal clinic with a skilled staff.

It’s Science, Not Magic
The photonic energy in light affects dark objects. If there's enough light, dark materials can get very hot (think of the unshaded dashboard of your car in the blazing summer sun!). Similarly, laser energy can be absorbed by dark material in the skin with faster speed and at a higher intensity. This dark targeted material, called chromophore, can be naturally occurring or introduced artificially. This is the basic operating principle of laser hair removal, converting energy into heat.

The laser is a electro-optical device that produces an intense, focused, very unique form of light that is collimated and mono-chromatic. In simpler words, it emits in a pulse-like manner a strong beam of light that is quite specifically “organized” and is only one particular color. Laser light is far different compared to the diffused light from a regular incandescent or fluorescent household fixture. The laser’s assembly consists of a photoactive substance, such as a crystal, gas, or liquid, that emits a high-energy burst of this “organized” light when rapidly stimulated by an external lower-energy power source such as a strobe lamp or electric spark. In line with this emitter are various lenses and other beam control elements to further shape and direct the laser energy onto an area of your body for the hair removal process.

Other Important Factors
Different materials that are stimulated in the laser process give out different types of laser light to work best in different hair removal situations. Alexandrite and diode laser hair removal work best for light color skins while Nd:YAG type of laser devices work better on darker skin. This is mainly because the technology that is used to make these lasers makes them pigment-sensitive. Other elements such as regulated intensity, duration and cycle of the laser’s pulse, beam size, as well as the aesthetician’s application techniques and experience all combine to determine the laser hair removal effectiveness

Some preparation is needed preceding your laser hair removal. 1-3 days before treatment you should shave the area to be treated; the area should be shaved close to the skin. This enables hair removal by laser to target the most energy into the hair follicle and not waste it on hair above the skin’s surface. Apply aloe vera for a few days to soothe the skin once treatment is completed. At the 2-3.5 week point, all treated hair should’ve shed off. Hair may look as if it’s growing back, but it’s just shedding off.

Safety First
Laser hair removal safety and patient comfort must be a high priority. Thus, eye protection is always worn whenever one is in proximity of a laser, without exception. For comfort during your procedure, some laser hair removal machines have cooling attachments which cool the surrounding area to fully absorb any heat transmitted to nearby skin as the hair shafts are being eliminated. Laser hair removal risks are minimal if the above factors are taken into account.

Your laser hair removal practitioner should be able to answer your specific questions concerning such topics as:

  • Laser hair removal side effects
  • Laser hair removal cost
  • Best laser hair removal strategy
  • Laser pubic hair removal
  • Laser hair removal pregnancy safety issues

In getting laser hair removal information, there’s as many things to ask about as there are areas on the body from which to remove hair. Don’t hesitate to ask for a brief free consultation to get a look and feel for the laser hair removal clinics in your city or town.

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