Bye Bye Hair, Bye Bye Nair

Laser Hair RemovalUnwanted hairs are like those pesky telemarketers. They won’t take no for an answer and just keep coming back. You shave, pluck, wax, and resort to napalm-esque depilatory creams but three weeks later it’s time to do it all over again.

It’s enough to make you feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day!

But you could get rid of that hair permanently with laser hair removal by Dr. Malamet.

Zap those hairs, not invading aliens

You probably know a friend who has had laser hair removal. Year in and year out, laser hair removal is the most popular non-injection cosmetic treatment performed in the United States, ranking just behind the dermal filler injections of Botox and Juvederm. There’s a reason for its enduring popularity — it works and it’s easy. Laser hair removal is great on the underarms, face, bikini line, legs, back, and other areas of the body.

How does it work?

There are two keys to laser hair removal procedures — laser energy and the hair follicle. For permanent hair removal, the hair follicle’s bulb, bulge, and papilla must be destroyed. The vehicle is laser energy. The melanin in hair is the target for the laser energy, so different wavelengths are used for different hair colors. For this reason, laser hair removal isn’t as effective on light blond or gray hair.

The laser energy travels down the hair into the follicle and the heat then damages the follicle so it can no longer produce hair. Sometimes, if the follicle isn’t fully disabled, hair growth function can return in a few months or more.

Timing is important

Our patients wonder why more than one appointment is necessary to zap the hair. The problem is timing. Only actively growing hair responds well to laser treatments because the hair has the most melanin in that phase. But in addition to the anagen (active growth) phase, there are telogen (no growth), and cathagen (hair ejection) phases. The hairs across your body are in different phases at different times. Plus, different areas of the body have more hairs in anagen phases than others, because hair growth is more important in those areas.

Before your treatment

Preparation is important before you come to see Dr. Malamet. You need to not pluck or wax hair in the areas that will be treated for about six weeks prior to your session. Why? The laser needs to target the hair roots, and if you pluck or wax then the hairs are pulled out entirely so there isn’t any root to go after. Limiting sun exposure is also important. The contrast between dark hair and lighter skin makes the laser target more effectively, so limit your tanning. Also sun exposure can lighten hair, again making the laser less effective in targeting it.

Want to bid adieu to unwanted hair permanently? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and set up a laser hair removal appointment.

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