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Laser Hair Removal: What You Need to Know

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There are already a wide variety of hair removal methods available such as shaving or waxing. Each has its pros and cons, but the main issue for many is that it doesn’t offer permanent hair removal. For those looking for an alternative to unwanted hair growth, laser hair removal can prove to be extremely effective.

This hair removal method is the most widespread, as it offers permanent relief from the problem of hair growth. The way laser hair removal works is by sending highly concentrated pulses of light from the laser into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and thus destroys the hair from its root. Therefore, the follicle cannot produce new hair.

Hair grows in three different phases, so for the laser to effectively destroy the root, the hair must be in the growth phase. Some hairs may in the initial treatments be in the resting phase and grow later, for this reason repeated sessions are required. To capture every hair in this growth phase, 6 to 8 sessions spaced approximately 40 days apart will be required. The number of required sessions is determined by various factors, such as the color and quality of the hair or the occurrence of certain hormonal disorders.

The benefits of laser hair removal are many, due to the quality and permanence of the result it offers. More specifically, an important factor for the preference of this particular method is the precision it provides, as the laser can selectively target dark, thick hairs leaving the surrounding skin intact. The treatment is indicated for every type and color of skin and hair growth, even in areas with “stubborn” hair growth.

At the same time, laser hair removal is also a method of treating folliculitis, the inflammation that occurs in the hair follicle when the hairs turn inward and become trapped in it. This particular condition can cause various damage to the skin, resulting in inflammation in the skin or even abscesses in it. Folliculitis is aggravated by shaving, so laser treatment is the best solution to get rid of the problem permanently.

This procedure is carried out in a short time, as each pulse of the laser can target many hairs at the same time. Small areas like the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute and large areas like the back or legs can take up to an hour.

The most effective hair removal treatment is the long pulse Alexandrite Laser 755nm. This is the laser that Dr. Skolarikou also uses in her practice, which offers a painless hair removal experience thanks to its cooling mechanism. The Alexandrite @755nm laser is the optimal solution for permanent removal of unwanted hair and for the removal of pigment spots.

It effectively combines the high flow of energy with the large size of the spot (6-16 mm), while offering the high repetition rate (up to 10Hz), in order to perfectly target hair growth in any part of the body, guaranteeing a permanent result hair removal. An important factor that distinguishes the use of this particular machine is the fact that the sessions can take place at any time of the year, even in the summer.

The benefits offered by laser hair removal are truly countless. Make an appointment now with plastic surgeon in Athens Dr.Maria Skolarikou to put a permanent end to unwanted hair growth.