If you have areas on your body that you shave because of excessive hair growth, one option is laser hair removal. Laser treatments uses a concentrated beam of light which targets the hair follicle, damaging it and slowing down future hair growth. Does it work on all types of hair? No, it only works on the thicker, more coarse hairs.
It isn’t always a permanent solution since hair grows in cycles. You have to catch it during one of the indeterminate growth phases to have it completely stop new growth. The following post from Fitness Magazine goes over some frequently asked questions about laser hair removal:
A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to retard future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years, as the results differ widely from person to person. Ouch factor: Depending on a person’s pain tolerance, lasers can feel like a gentle pinch or the snap of a hot rubber band. The price — up to $1,000 or more per session for large areas, with three sessions needed to thoroughly zap hair — really hurts your wallet.
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This video is done by a young lady who has gone through laser hair treatment. She isn’t advocating it for anyone, but just wanted to share her experience in case it would help others. She watched similar videos when trying to make up her mind as to whether it was something she wanted to do. A real life testimonial can be more telling than listening to a company that does the procedure advertise about how great it is:
There has been some concern over time that performing laser hair removal in the bikini area could precipitate problems with a woman’s reproductive organs. According to the following post, there is no proof that the non-ionizing radiation rays from laser treatment causes cancer. The treatment only effects the surface of the skin, so there is no additional risk.
Can laser hair removal cause cancer? | Fox News
When ionizing radiation passes through the body it can cause direct damage to a cell’s DNA and potentially lead to cancer later on.
As powerful as ionizing radiation is, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states the laser energy in hair removal procedures use non-ionizing radiation.
“The light energy from these lasers actually remains superficially, it remains at the level of the skin,” Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York City told FoxNews.com. “These lasers don’t cause DNA damage and they don’t cause DNA mutations.”
The pulses of light energy used in laser hair removal treatments are only designed to heat and destroy hair follicles. Although some women continue to be concerned about treating areas near their reproductive organs, experts say there is no additional risk.
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If you are curious what happens to a hair during a laser treatment, this close up shows the hair being burned by the heat of the laser. As the girl in the video mentioned, it is fairly painless but most people do experience the smell of burning hair.