SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON LASER HAIR REMOVAL MYTHS
Laser hair removal, like any advanced and complex technical system used in consumer applications, has had its share of myth and mystery. Anyone who has seen a large-scale laser show undoubtedly marveled at the bright and piercing arrows of luminescence shooting into the sky. The idea of applying such an energy to one’s skin seems almost unthinkable, so this seeming magical way of hair removal has spawned a rainbow of myths and lore around it.
Not A Permanent Ray
Laser Hair Removal can trigger new hair growth - no method of hair removal has ever been shown to result in an increase in hair growth. Shaven hairs sometimes appear thicker than hair that has been allowed to grow, and thus, with time, have a weakened shaft and softer ends, but they aren't actually any thicker.
Laser Hair Removal works equally well (or poorly) on everyone - not all patients are necessarily good candidates for this type of treatment. People with lighter skin and dark hair have a much higher chance of permanent hair removal than grey, red or blonde hair. In addition, those with dark skin or who are tanned are also not good candidates as the laser may cause damage to their skin due to high pigment levels.
Laser Hair Removal is a one-shot treatment – usually multiple treatments are required. Because hair grows in a cycle that ranges from approximately 6 to 12 weeks (this being the amount of time for hair to grow from the follicle base to the surface of the skin) only a portion of the hair is being treated during this growth period with each laser treatment. Therefore multiple treatments (approximately four to eight depending upon the color of your hair and skin) are required during this hair growth period to achieve permanent laser hair removal.
All Laser Hair Removal Practitioners are state licensed – At least 13 states restrict laser hair removal to a licensed physician. Some others insist that a licensed physician supervises a trained operator or operators in the procedure. There are a number of states that have no medical regulations for this at all. Probably the most widely-known certification is NCLE (National Laser Certification). An NCLE Laser Certified™ designation shows a high level of professional skill, and prerequisite knowledge of medical/aesthetic laser operation. This professional credential may be used as the foundation upon which to further pursue clinical competencies and earn State licenses or certificates for performing different laser procedures (These will vary from state to state so consult your particular State Medical Association).
Laser Hair Removal is only for the well-to-do - Treatment cost varies with the size of the area treated, as well as skin and hair type. Experienced laser hair removal centers, which have acquired expertise in this type of hair removal, charge about $500 per treatment session, with an average of four treatment sessions initially recommended. Large areas, such as the entire back, or the entire legs, cost considerably more than this. Small areas, such as the upper lip, can be less. Individual consultation with the laser center is necessary to obtain exact laser hair removal pricing. Beware of cut-rate laser hair removal operators or clinics. Established, medically sound laser hair removal centers who’ve earned excellent reputations do not discount their fees. Careful patients will have researched their reputations and so can rely upon their experience and expertise. Consumers are advised, as with any form of medical care, to patronize the center of highest quality, rather than least cost. Laser hair removal requires exacting science, individual attention, experience, and a trained, caring, professional staff.
Again, don’t let the newness of laser hair removal technology blind you to the realities of thorough investigation and determined questioning of the clinic owner and staff as well as a good examination of the facility and it’s equipment. As in anything else, your well-being is at stake.
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