Unwanted hair can have a negative effect on confidence for many people. Sometimes hair growth is related to an imbalance in hormones, such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), or genetics. Some people experience other negative effects from unwanted hair, such as ingrown hairs and folliculitis, which can lead to undesired appearance and scarring.
Laser hair removal is quick, painless, and effective for removing unwanted hair. It is safe for all skin types and most hair colors are able to be treated effectively. The laser works by emitting a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat; the heat damages the hair follicles, which inhibits future hair growth.
It is important to understand that the hair follicle must be in its growth stage for the treatment to work. Follicles are in different stages at different times; therefore, multiple treatments are needed. Most commonly, a series of 6 treatments, approximately 6 weeks apart are needed to see full hair reduction. Most people see a significant reduction in hair after the first 2 treatments. Some people require more than 6 treatments. In addition, if hair growth is related to hormone imbalances, occasional maintenance treatments may be required.
Vellus hair, or “peach fuzz” on the face is often finer and lighter in color than hair in other areas of the body; therefore, there is no pigment for the laser to target. Laser hair removal is generally not a treatment option for this type of hair. However, dermaplaning is an effective treatment for temporarily removing hair at the surface of the skin. This hair will grow back in about 3-5 weeks.