How does permanent laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal has become one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures performed in South Africa, ranked second among cosmetic procedures behind neurotoxin injections in frequency of procedures performed.
Laser hair removal utilises beams of highly concentrated light designed to selectively penetrate into the hair follicles, to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles and to destroy the hair within that follicle. A variety of lasers and light sources have been developed that may be employed in laser hair removal.
The procedure was originally designed to be performed on dark hairs on light skin, however newer technologies have made the procedure safer and more effective for patients with darker skin and those of colour. We can also remove hair from clients with lighter coloured hair, which was previously not possible.
Laser hair removal is the modern alternative to waxing, shaving, epilation or removal of hair by other more primitive means. An individual may desire total or partial hair removal from any part of the body.
Laser hair removal can also sometimes remove unwanted hair in individuals who have disease states in which unwanted hair growth can occur, or it can be performed on individuals who have no active disease states and just want removal of unwanted hair.