Though non-surgical technologies like laser hair removal have been around for the last fifteen or more years, there is an increased popularity in the procedure in the recent years. Research shows the technology is the number one non-invasive cosmetic treatment performed today with an annual growth of 18%. Tremendous advances in the laser hair removal Boston sector are evident over last decade with physicians in Boston becoming pioneers in the application of the exciting technology.
What is laser hair removal?
It is a non-invasive medical procedure that uses a pulsating beam of light to eliminate unwanted hair. The most common treatment areas include the underarms, legs, chin, the upper lip and around the bikini line (not recommended for the eyelid and other surrounding areas). The technology uses the principle of selective photo thermolysis to rid of hair and potential regrowth without destroying the surrounding skin.
How it works
The technology uses light energy to disable hair follicles permanently. During the procedure, melanin found in the hair shaft absorbs the light energy increasing the temperature of the hair follicle. The increased temperature destroys the cells responsible for hair regrowth thermally. Note that the light beams are chosen selectively to ensure only hair cells are destroyed not the rest of the skin.
The light energy is attracted to the hair pigment just like sunlight is drawn to darker clothes; thus, laser hair removal works best on people with a fair complexion and dark, coarse hair. People with darker skin, however, have more melanin in their skin which competes with the hair follicles for light energy causing skin damage instead of the targeted hair follicle. But, advanced laser technologies used in Boston come with hair removal capabilities for different skins and hair color combinations. They are designed to overlook the melanin in the skin thus treating all types of skin.
The number of treatments required
Studies show that 50%-80% of the body’s hair follicles are in the active growth phase at any one time thus the need for multiple laser treatments; only a few patients achieve reasonable hair removal after a single treatment. The number of laser hair removal Boston treatments range from 3-5 treatment depending on the area of treatment, the hair density and growth cycle. The hair becomes finer, lighter and thinner after every treatment.
What to expect on the day of the procedure
The hair removal procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Today, there are plenty of laser removal clinics in Boston using state-of-art technology for both men and women. The surgeon applies an anesthetic gel before the treatment and a skin cooling gel during the procedure to keep the patient comfortable. The process takes 15-30 minutes with slight stinging sensation, but it may last longer. Hair around the arms, legs and bikini area, tend to be easy to remove while the facial hair on the lip and chin is sometimes resistant to treatment. After the hair removal procedure, the skin becomes smoother with minor irritation and redness which quickly fades away. Doctors recommend avoiding sun exposure till the area heals and the use of sunscreen whenever the area is exposed to the sun. Treatments are performed every 4-6 weeks.