Laser hair removal, also known as phototricholysis, is the clinical procedure of removing unwanted hair by way of intense pulses of laser light, which literally destroy the hair follicle through chemical reactions. It was first done experimentally for more than twenty years prior to becoming commercially available on the market in 1996 and 1995. Before then it was mostly restricted to hospitals and other medical practitioners as a purely experimental technique. For more details click Laser Hair Removal – Dermacare of Hampton Roads.
The process is very similar to plucking. Only the light source used in laser hair removal does not involve any prick or needle but merely uses a low level beam of light. The process is safe and painless for most patients. The skin, which is to be treated is numbed using a local anesthetic. A small area of the skin may become slightly inflamed for a few days following the procedure. There are no lasting scars from this procedure and most patients return for a second, third or forth renewal every few months.
During laser treatments the treated area is subject to high concentrations of laser energy for several minutes at a time in order to remove the unwanted hair. By destroying the root of the follicles, it is possible to permanently eliminate the hair growth from the treated skin. As with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved including skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, blistering, skin infections and skin irritations. To minimize these risks patients should consult their dermatologist and carefully follow the post-treatment instructions provided by him or her.