During laser hair removal laser light is directed toward your skin surface penetrating to the next layer, the dermis, where hair follicles are located. The light is then absorbed by the melanin in each hair follicle causing the follicle to shut down.
Hair grows in a 3-phase cycle, with a growth phase followed by a resting phase and then a shedding phase. During laser hair removal treatment, follicles in the growth phase are primarily affected because they contain the most pigment.
When little or no melanin is present, the laser light is not absorbed. Thus, if you have very fair hair (blonde, white, gray or light red), laser hair removal will not work. But it works very well on dark brown, dark red, and black hair.
The hair removal laser can work on virtually any area of the body, including under the arms, bikini, legs, face, chest, and back. All skin types (light and dark) can be treated, but it is best to lose any suntan prior to undergoing laser hair removal treatment.
At Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, we use laser hair removal technology to remove hair in a quick, safe, and effective process. The laser light is directed through the skin surface to the next layer, called the dermis, where the hair follicles are located. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in each follicle and the heat instantly shuts down the follicles or destroys them altogether. The hair removal laser can work on any body area. The most commonly treated areas are the legs, bikini, underarms, chin, upper lip, and chest or back (in men).
At the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, a number of innovative technologies are being used to address your hair concerns. Advice from a one of our dermatologists is a good first step in deciding what it is right for you. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, we invite you to contact us by phone or e-mail for a consultation.