|Laser hair removal is a non-surgical procedure in which a special low-energy laser to remove unwanted hair on the body including face, back, neck, legs, bikini line, chest, and underarms. Unlike other forms of hair removal like shaving, waxing, or plucking which only temporarily remove the hairs, laser hair removal targets the hair follicle itself for a more permanent result. Once the hair follicle is obliterated, it cannot produce any more hairs. Laser hair removal differs from electrolysis in that it is not limited to a single hair follicle at a time. The laser can target an entire area consisting of dozens of hair follicles in an instant, making it much faster and more efficient than electrolysis. Because the laser can only target hair follicles that are in actively growing (20% of follicles at any given time), repeated treatments are usually necessary. Typically 90% of the follicles will be obliterated after 6 treatments, but you should notice a drastic improvement even after one treatment.There are many different types of lasers, each designed with a different wavelength to target different types of chromophores or colors. Hair removal lasers come in various wavelengths depending on the manufacturer or model, but a true laser will emit only one wavelength. Some laser centers use Intense Pulsed Light or “IPL” devices which in fact are not lasers at all since they emit a spectrum of light and are more akin to a bright light bulb. Some lasers may be inappropriate for darker skin complexions and can actually cause worsening pigmentation. Dr. Truong prefers to use an 810 diode laser since it has been shown to be less painful, and highly effective for many different hair and skin types. Laser surgery should only be performed by appropriately trained, experienced physicians or professionals.
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