Who doesn’t love shaving, tweezing, waxing, and spreading nasty chemicals on your skin all in the name of getting rid of unwanted hair? Plus, you do it and then a few weeks later, the hair is right back again. It’s enough to make you think you have a part in Groundhog Day!
Why not get rid of the hair permanently? That’s right. No more razors. No more wax torture sessions. No more napalm-esque depilatory creams. Laser hair removal at Dr. Malamet’s office is the real deal, enabling our patients to lose up to 90% of their unwanted hair permanently.
Where can I have laser hair removal done?
Because our lasers have very specific wavelengths, they can be used almost anywhere on the body without damaging the surrounding skin. You can remove hair permanently from the face, legs, armpits, bikini line, pubic area, chest, back, and even the buttocks. The one exception is the area around the eyes due to the risk of the laser light damaging your eyes.
How does it work?
There are two keys to laser hair removal: the hair follicle and the heat of the laser energy. Our technicians first set the laser wavelength to match your hair color. This allows the hair to absorb the maximum amount of the laser light energy without it being absorbed by the surrounding skin. When the light pulse hits the hair shaft, the light energy is converted to heat and travels down the hair shaft into the follicle where the hair grows. Once the heat hits the follicle it damages the follicle’s ability to grow hair. The follicle may be permanently damaged, or partially damaged, needing an additional session or sessions to finish the job.
The growth phase is important
Patients sometimes wonder why we need to schedule a number of hair removal sessions. This is because to be fully receptive to the heat energy, the hair needs to be in the anagen (growth) phase. If it is in the catagen (transitional) phase, the hair has stopped producing the melanin that gives it its color and is what the laser wavelength targets (the hair color). If it is in the telogen phase (resting) the follicle has detached the hair and is resting for a period of one to four months.
Because the hundreds of thousands of hairs on the body all operate independently, they can be in any growth phase. That’s why Dr. Malamet usually recommends from 3-5 sessions to achieve 80% to 90% permanent hair removal.
Interested in ditching the razor? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and ask about our laser hair removal procedure.