Candidacy for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses intense wavelengths of pulsating light to kill hair follicles at the root. After completing four to seven sessions spaced one month apart, you may achieve upwards of 90% hair loss in the treated area with yearly maintenance sessions. You may be a candidate for the procedure if the following applies:

Fairer Skin Tone

Laser hair removal treatment works best with fair skin tones because, in the process of targeting hair pigmentation, it may damage excessive amounts of melanin in the skin. The darker your skin, the more melanin is present. This may leave you with permanent light patches on your skin. Naturally fair skin that is tan is also not a good candidate.

Darker Hair

The darker your body hair, the more successful your treatment. The darker pigmentation in black or dark brown hair makes the hair better able to absorb the light from the laser. Since darker hair is more likely to be coarse as well, the hair reacts better to the treatment.

Laser hair removal treatment may still be an option for those with darker skin tones or lighter hair colors, although your treatment may require more sessions. Make an appointment with your cosmetic specialist to determine whether or not the treatment can work for you.

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