Laser Hair Reduction
Stafford Electrolysis is committed to engaging in an honest dialog when it comes to different hair removal methods. We recognize that laser hair reduction does have a place in the market. We feel that the authoritative resources provided will help the consumer make the right decision for themselves.
The Mayo Clinic defines laser treatments for hair reduction as:
"Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser an intense, pulsating beam of light to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth.
Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair. Although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes several laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed as well." 1998-2011 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
Most laser hair treatments are done in an office by non-medical personnel. This can pose a significant risk to the client. And as stated above by the Mayo Clinic, laser is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair. Also, "...it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal."
Medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic also list the potential risks that laser presents:
Copyright 1998-2011 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER).
Currently, laser requires normally 6-8 treatments spaced across 10-12 week intervals. Treatment time varies depending on the amount of body surface that is lased. Typically, each treatment costs several hundred dollars.
For more information on laser hair reduction, please review the following articles:
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