The Hair Where? A Look at Laser Hair Removal

If shaving, waxing, or plucking away unwanted hair has become a nuisance that you’d like to eliminate from your routine, you’re not alone — every year in the United States, more than two million adults ditch their razors and choose laser hair removal, a popular noninvasive aesthetic treatment that permanently reduces or eliminates unwanted hair.  

Laser hair removal has come a long way since it was first approved by the FDA in the late 1990s. Today, as advances in laser technology continue to make the treatment safer and more effective than ever before, many people view laser hair removal as an obvious choice.  

Here at Stirling Skin Care in Casper, Wyoming, we’ve helped countless women and men get rid of undesirable hair on their legs, bikini area, face, back, and almost everywhere else. If you’re still on the fence when it comes to laser hair removal, here’s what you need to know:

Laser hair removal is most effective on dark hair

Laser hair removal is a safe, highly advanced technology that works by targeting the melanin, or pigments, in your hair.

As the laser passes over the treatment area, it sends pulses of light energy directly into each active-growth hair follicle, where it’s readily absorbed by the follicle’s pigments. This internal heating process effectively “flips the switch” within the targeted follicle, inhibiting it from regrowing hair.

Although advances in technology have made laser hair removal effective on all skin and hair types, it continues to be most effective on darker hair, which contains a higher concentration of pigments and is able to absorb more of the laser’s energy.

Laser hair removal is safe for most skin types

At Stirling Skin Care, we use the Cutera® excel HR™ laser hair removal system, which can be precisely adjusted to accommodate every skin type — and hair color — safely and effectively.

That’s actually a big deal, considering the fact that many other laser hair removal devices are only safe for people with lighter skin tones. With those less sophisticated devices, the laser settings aren’t always precise enough to fully differentiate between the pigments that make up your hair and those that make up your skin.   

Laser hair removal can get rid of hair almost anywhere

Laser hair removal is a highly customizable treatment that can help you attain smooth, hair-free skin virtually anywhere on your body.

Some of the most popular treatment areas include:

The only part of your body that can’t be treated with laser hair removal is the area around your eyes — for now, plucking, waxing, and threading are still the safest ways to maintain perfectly sculpted eyebrows.

Laser hair removal requires multiple treatment sessions

Although you can expect to see a 10-25% reduction in hair growth after just one laser hair removal session, you’ll need three to seven treatments to get the smooth, hair-free skin you’re after.

Because your hair grows in phases, and because the laser only targets follicles that are in the active-growth phase, it’s important to space your treatments four to six weeks apart to ensure you’re targeting as many active-growth follicles as possible throughout the process.

After completing a full treatment cycle, most people stay hair-free for years.

Laser hair removal is gentle, not painful

During a laser hair removal session, the handheld laser device is systematically passed spot-by-spot over the treatment area, allowing the laser to send quick pulses of light into each active-growth hair follicle.

Although these tiny zaps of energy do feel somewhat like having tiny rubber bands snapping against your skin, the gentle sensation is relatively painless and well-tolerated by most women and men.  

To learn more about laser hair removal at Stirling Skin Care, call our Casper, Wyoming office today, or schedule an appointment online using our convenient online booking tool.

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