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Unwanted Hair is so…Unwanted

Getting rid of unwanted hair is nothing short of unrelenting pain. And that is both a literal and a figurative association. It hurts to pluck, wax, shave, apply stinging creams, and the like to get rid of the hair. Beyond the physical, it’s an ongoing, recurring theme: get rid of the hair, watch it return, repeat, until the end of time.

But you can use high-tech laser beams to teach that hair who’s the boss. Have Dr. Malamet zap them with his laser!

What is laser hair removal?

While these days, all the lasers seem to be zapping Klingons, or Stormtroopers, or Megatron, zapping unwanted hair is far more satisfying. Lasers remove hair permanently by damaging the hair follicles, stopping (or severely curtailing) their ability to grow those hairs in the places you least want them.

How does a laser stop a hair?

The key to getting rid of the hair for good is timing. Hair has different phases of its growth cycle, and you want to give it the business when it is in its anagen (growth) phase. If a hair is zapped in its catagen (intermediate/transitional) stage or telogen (resting/shedding) stage, the result won’t stop the hair from growing when the follicle enters the anagen phase. That’s why you need multiple laser sessions to hit the targeted hairs when they are in the growth phase. And because each hair operates independently, the hundreds of thousands of hairs on our bodies are all over the place in their phases.

In a laser session, the laser energy is directed down onto the targeted hairs. The light energy hits the hair and converts to heat. That heat travels down the hair shaft into the follicle at its base. There, the heat damages the follicle, stopping its ability to grow hair.

How many sessions will it take?

Since there is no way to know which phase each hair is in, multiple laser sessions are needed. We’ve found that from 3-5 sessions will create a high percentage of permanent hair loss in the treatment area. We usually schedule each session from 4-6 weeks apart to allow the body to heal fully.

Laser hair removal works best on darker hair. This is because the light energy is more easily absorbed by darker pigmentation in the hair. This is also why a person coming to Dr. Malamet for laser hair removal should avoid tanning for a month or so before the appointment. You don’t want the laser to have trouble differentiating between skin color and hair color.

Want to ditch the razor and the Nair? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and schedule a time to give your unwanted hair the death penalty.