Laser Hair Removal, The Ultimate alternative to waxing

Even when it’s not a surgical intervention, laser hair removal is a relatively new hair removal technique belonging to aesthetic and photo medicine since in many countries aesthetic medicine is not yet recognized as a formal medical specialization, both dermatologists and plastic surgeons are responsible to apply such treatments.

Laser hair removal, besides scar and tattoos removal is perhaps one of the most common laser procedures performed on a clinical basis. The aim is to destroy the hair follicle to avoid growth of new body hear and even when many patients (men and women) still prefer to keep using old fashioned techniques such as shaving or waxing, others, due to personal preferences or medical indication, need laser hair removal.

When this technique is performed the responsibility of the doctor performing the procedure needs to make a deep evaluation of skin and hair to determine how the laser must be applied in order to obtain maximum benefits with the minimum risk. Otherwise skin burns may occur if too much energy is used or simply the treatment will be ineffective due to insufficient laser power.

Many of the patients attending The Plastic Surgery Arts Center for laser hair removal suffer from a condition called “hirsutism”; a medical problem frequently associated to other entities such as polycystic ovaries where thick, dark corporal hair grows not only on body areas intended to have body hair but also on the face and tummy with negative aesthetic consequences.

Even when laser hair removal may be performed safely and with a remarkable outcome, Dr. Jan Garcia always requires a full evaluation of patients with hirsutism since the aim of the treatment is not just laser hair removal but also to correct hirsutism causes when possible. By doing this, there will be an overall improvement not only on patient’s appearance but also on overall health.

Regarding the procedure itself, the basic principle is simple: light coming from the laser generator travels through the hair follicle where all the light energy is transformed into heat, destroying the follicle and avoiding new hair growth, however considering that not every single body hair is on the proper phase at the moment of treatment (body hair growth has four different phases and only during one of them is susceptible of laser treatment) usually between two or three sessions are required to achieve total hair removal.

It’s important to remember that dark skin colors are more susceptible to complications due to the lack of contrast between body hair and skin color, hence energy may be dissipated on the skin instead of the follicle leading to 1st and even 2nd grade degree burns. On the other hand blonde hair or white hair may not benefit from laser hair removal due to the lack of pigment to transport and conduce light towards the laser follicle.

As it may be seen, laser hair removal is not always a simple task and that’s why specialist centers such as the Plastic Surgery Arts Center take enough time not only to evaluate patients properly before planning a procedure but also to explain to the patient every single detail about how the laser works, the benefits and the associated risks. By doing so, patients’ anxiety regarding laser hair removal is lowered and usually top results are guaranteed!