Laser hair removal is a hair removal technique designed to remove hair for the long term. This type of hair removal inhibits or causes a great slowing of unwanted hair growth in the future. It is the longest lasting of hair removal options today, with it being a far more lasting solution than shaving, depilatory creams, or even waxing.
People who suffer from unwanted hair are usually good candidates for laser hair removal. In particular, people who suffer from conditions like hirsutism may benefit from laser hair removal. This unwanted hair growth can be eliminated using laser hair removal, allowing for a far longer-lasting result than other hair removal methods could provide.
Women who have hirsutism commonly develop male pattern hair growth in areas where it is not desired. This typically includes the upper lip, under the cheekbones (the "beard" area,) the chest, and the back. With hair growth due to hirsutism, the texture of the hair is often stiffer and coarser than the hair on the rest of the body. Hirsutism appears to occur when a woman has excess male hormones, especially testosterone, in her body. It may also occur as a result of genetic predisposition.
The hair removal laser targets the pigment within each hair follicle. When the concentrated light beam enters the follicle, it breaks up the pigment. That pigment will then be absorbed harmlessly into the bloodstream. Because the hair follicle is damaged after the treatment, it will either be very slow to produce new hair or may not produce new hair at all.
This depends on the size of the area, the amount of hair, and the patient's growth cycles. Most people need several sessions to completely address hair growth in the various growth cycles. The doctor will create a tailored treatment plan for every patient.
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