Say Goodbye to Unwanted Body Hair, Even With Darker Skin!Posted on July 21, 2009 | by Boston Plastic Surgery
Hair is sexy …when it’s on top of your head. Otherwise, it is anything but! If you desire, hair can be removed from your face, legs, back, arms and even underarms.
There are many ways to remove unwanted hair including shaving, plucking, electronic tweezers, radiofrequency tweezers, waxing, depilatories (creams), electrolysis (inserting a needle into each hair follicle one at a time followed by an electric spark to burn out the follicle). Most of these methods are temporary. The only permanent and effective treatment to remove unwanted hair is with laser hair removal.
Lasers send a low-energy beam through the skin. The dark pigment (melanin) present in the shaft of the hair follicles absorbs the laser beam. Initial hair reduction is seen immediately after treatment. Permanent results require repeated treatments because of the hair growth cycles.
There are different types of lasers that can be used to remove unwanted hair. The first lasers approved for hair reduction by FDA were the ruby, alexandrite and diode lasers. But these could only be used on select individuals and not those with tans or ethnic skin.
Using today’s technology, we benefit from lasers with longer wavelengths such as the Cutera Coolglide and Prowave lasers, which have the ability to treat darker skin types – including African-American skin, Asian skin, and those with a tan.
One of the biggest benefits is convenience; immediately following your hair removal treatment you can return to work, school or any of your regular activities.