A common problem for men and women alike is unwanted facial and body hair. There are many treatments available for the removal of facial and body hair. Excessive hair growth can be caused by medications, hormones, malnutrition, tumors, metabolic issues or simple genetics.
Excessive growth of hair in women is called 'Hirsutism'. It usually grows in a male pattern.
Laser hair removal and hair removal by other light sources is safe and effective for larger areas of hair and generally produces minimum discomfort and few if any complications.
Laser devices produce concentrated light beams through the skin and are absorbed by the pigment within the skin within the shafts of the hair follicle. The top layer of skin is protected during the process from heating and color changes. A repeat of treatment may be necessary in order to alleviate hair follicles.
Laser and light source treatments for hair removal generally are most effective on dark-haired, light-skinned people. Skin with a darker pigment will absorb less of the laser light. A laser with longer wavelengths is needed to treat people with darker skin tones.
Laser hair removal has become so common that it is found in very informal settings such a mall kiosk, and spas. It is important that candidates for this process seek out medical professionals who have necessary expertise and training.
Usually, a reduction in permanent hair growth requires at least 3 laser treatments. Laser hair removal tends to be most effective on darker hair. Lighter hair responds less to laser hair removal, but the technician or medical professional can utilize a topical solution to increase the laser’s effectiveness.
If you are considering laser hair removal, you should avoid tanning and use a broad spectrum sunscreen product for six weeks prior to your treatment.
Common side effects of laser hair removal include some discomfort, redness, and swelling that may last up to 3 days.
Results vary but the amount of hairs removed during a session depends on location of the hair. Usually hair in thin skin areas respond better than hair in thicker skinned areas. A ten to twenty five percent reduction in hair growth can be seen for each treatment. Sessions can be repeated each four to eight weeks.
At the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii, our laser hair removal procedures are accomplished by highly trained professionals with the expertise and experience to produce the most effective results.
Utilizing the Vectus Laser, our professionals have the state of the art technology to optimize treatments for hair removal.
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