Hair covers most of our skin surface. The number of hair follicles is the same in men and women; thus, a woman’s body can potentially be as hairy as man’s. The difference in the visibility of body hair between men and women is caused by hormonal differences: women have much less of the hormone testosterone than men and, consequently, much less visible body hair.
Although body hair is physiologically normal, it is often undesirable for aesthetic reasons. Various methods exist for removing or decreasing body hair. The most efficient and cost-effective methods of hair reduction and removal involve laser and light technologies.
How Does Laser Hair Reduction “Removal” Work?
Hair contains a pigment, melanin, which gives it colour. This pigment can preferentially absorb certain spectra of light. Thus, laser or BBL can be used to destroy these pigment-containing hair. As skin also contains melanin, care must be taken to choose the type of laser that will destroy the melanin-containing hair preferentially, while sparing the surrounding skin.
How Efficient Is “Laser Hair Removal”?
Although each individual is different and their bodies react differently to the treatment, generally only hair in active growth phase can be destroyed during treatment with any laser or light-based technology. This represents, on average, 20% of body hair at any given time. Thus, multiple treatment sessions are required to remove the bulk of body hair. Also, you may produce new visible body hair as you age, so really, “hair removal” is never 100%; hence the more appropriate term: “laser hair reduction”.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get Rid of Unwanted Hair?
While there are many ways to get rid of unsightly hair, we have laser treatments that will do a good job in doing just that!
What Laser Do You Use For Unwanted Hair?
We use a Nd:Yag laser with 1064nm wavelength. This is the longest wavelength used for “laser hair removal”, and as such it is the deepest-reaching while also being the safest laser to use on a skin of color.
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