Laser Hair Removal

There's nothing wrong with a thick black mustache - unless you're a 25-year-old woman!

Laser technology has been used for a variety of cosmetic procedures - including the removal of unsightly hairs, to treat and smooth fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and to diminish age spots and spider veins on the face and legs.

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Using laser technology is a popular and permanent way to remove undesired hair because it's painless and fast. Laser hair removal also rids a patient of unruly hairs from the face, chest, back, arms, legs and bikini line in a comfortable manner. During the procedure, the laser releases a beam of pulsating light that can pass through the skin's surface deep into the hair follicle. The pigment (melanin) absorbs the lasers' energy and is destroyed and removed.

Unlike traditional hair removal techniques - such as shaving, waxing or tweezing - laser hair removal provides permanent relief after a series of treatments. Laser hair treatment works by damaging the hair follicles without harming the pores or the skin tissues. Most patients experience an 80-percent reduction in their unwanted hair after just one treatment. However, keep in mind that people with pale skin get faster results from laser treatment than those with dark skin tones. This is because blonde or red hair is difficult to remove under laser light because these hairs contain pheomelanin pigment; which absorbs laser light less readily than darker hair pigments.

Laser hair removal costs around $200 per treatment. However, 3 to 4 sessions are recommended to achieve the best results - more for those with darker, stiffer hair.

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