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Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?

Posted Jan 11 2012 4:48pm

 

Understand if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal is a great option for hair removal. Imagine silky skin without having to deal with the hassle of shaving and waxing ever again. A laser  hair removal system  makes this possible!

The FDA has approved laser hair removal as a safe and effective method for hair removal. Consult the list of considerations below to determine if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal.

Skin Tone and Hair Color
Ideal candidates for laser hair removal will have light skin and dark hair. This is because the laser hair removal system works by targeting the pigment found in hair follicles. The darker the hair, the more pigment it contains. However, candidates with darker skin or lighter hair can use a hair removal laser with a longer wavelength. Consult a laser hair removal professional if you are unsure about the effectiveness of the hair removal laser on your skin and hair color.

Age
There are no age restrictions for laser hair removal. However, individuals under 18 may require parental consent before starting a laser hair removal system.

Certain Medical Conditions
Individuals with diabetes, lupus, heart conditions or other serious medical conditions should consult their doctor before starting using a hair removal laser.

Pregnancy
No studies have been performed to determine the safety of using laser hair removal while pregnant. Therefore, most health professionals recommend avoiding laser hair removal while pregnant.

Tattoos
Avoid using the laser hair removal system directly on a tattoo. Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment found in hair follicles, and the pigment found in tattoos could be discolored by the hair removal laser. The pigment in the tattoo could attract the laser, instead of the pigment in your hair follicles, causing the tattoo pigment to absorb the laser energy. In addition to discoloration, the laser could cause the tattooed skin to turn black and blister. You can still use the hair removal laser on the skin around the tattoo.

Sun Exposure
You should avoid tanning beds and sun exposure before your laser hair removal treatment. Because the hair removal laser works by targeting pigment in hair follicles, you do not want any extra pigment in your skin from unprotected sun exposure or tanning beds. The laser may mistake the dark, tanned skin for the hair pigmentation and your skin could absorb too much laser light. Tanned skin could be burned or discolored by the laser.

Once you’ve determined that you are a good candidate for laser hair removal, the next step is finding a clinic or at home kit to begin your treatments. Start enjoying smooth skin today with laser hair removal!

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