We all know how annoying unwanted hair is, and how even more annoying removing it can be. Shaving is messy, time consuming, and only lasts a day or two, waxing is painful, expensive, and can be impossible for those with sensitive skin. Laser hair removal might seem like the perfect solution, but how exactly does it work?
The root of each hair grows from the follicle, located beneath the skin, and is removed entirely with waxing or tweezing. In contrast, shaving merely cuts the hair at skin level, which is why you may feel “leg stubble” just a few hours after shaving, depending on how fast your hair grows. With laser hair removal, each follicle is targeted with an intense beam of concentrated light. Naturally occurring pigment in the follicle absorbs this light, destroying the hair and damaging itself in the process. You will notice hair comes in lighter and sparser, and after a few treatments may seem to stop growing entirely.
Laser hair removal treatments are usually done over three or more sessions, spaced six to ten weeks apart. This is because hair growth occurs in three stages: the anagen, catagen, and telogen phase. In the anagen phase, the hair is growing, before moving to the transitional, or catagen phase, in which hair growth stops and the follicle shrinks. Finally, in the telogen phase, the follicle rests, preparing to be shed as a new hair growth cycle begins to take its place. At any moment in time, all head and body hair is in one of these stages, and since laser hair removal treatments work best on hairs in the anagen phase, treatments should be spaced apart to achieve best results.
The Acclaim Nd-Yag 7000 is one of the most popular and effective forms of medical grade laser hair removal available today. While most laser hair removal treatments only work on those with darkly pigmented hair and lightly pigmented skin, that is, pale people with dark hairs, the Acclaim Nd-Yag 7000 works effectively on people with more varied skin tones and hair colours. With the Acclaim Nd-Yag 7000, a test spot sometimes is treated to ensure your skin reacts well to the treatment. A cooling gel is spread on the desired area, and a powerful beam of near-infrared light targets each individual hair follicle. When done correctly by a trained clinician, this procedure will significantly reduce regrowth, so you can enjoy smoother, softer skin everyday, without the hassle of waxing, shaving, and tweezing.
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