Excessive hair or hair growing in the wrong place – either due to illness or genetics – has prompted individuals for centuries to look for ways to remove it. Then there is the modern trend for certain parts of the body to be hairless, whether that’s the legs, underarm, back, chest etc.
Traditionally women – and men – have removed unwanted hair by shaving, waxing, threading or plucking. This can be effective; but temporary. The hair usually grows back within weeks and the process repeated. In recent times though, a permanent method of hair removal has surfaced. And it has grown in popularity. This is called laser hair removal and it can be used on most parts of the body.
It works by targeting individual hair follicles with short pulses of light. This, in turn, has the effect of blocking melanin and preventing any hair regrowth by completely destroying the hair follicle. The existing hair is dead and eventually falls out around two weeks later, never to be replaced. Several sessions of laser removal treatment are required since it is necessary to destroy the hair during a growth (anagen) phase, and individual hairs don’t all grow at the same time.