Laser hair removal is a fast and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair. Although the results are long term, the time it takes to eliminate hair depends on the type of laser being used, the size of the area being treated, and hair color. Lasers have traditionally worked best on dark hair. However, many people are unsure about how lasers work, and how many laser treatments are needed for dark hair.
How laser hair removal works?
The wavelength of light from the laser targets the dark pigment at the base of the hair follicle. Lasers are most effective when hair is in the growing phase, because the pigment is usually darkest at this time. Hair growth starts at the bottom of the hair follicle, therefore once the laser energy has been absorbed it is no longer able to produce.
Laser treatment and dark hair
Laser hair removal works well on dark hair. It typically takes 4 to 6 treatments to remove dark hair and achieve optimal results. Depending on the area being treated, sessions can last from 20 to 30 minutes, and are usually spaced about 4 weeks apart.
Patients with lighter hair often have a difficult time with some lasers, as they are unable to detect any pigment within the hair. However, there are newer devices that can work on light hair. Patients should be sure to check out the type and effectiveness of the laser being used, before opting for treatment.
Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in Lanham, MD, offers laser hair removal treatment for clients in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. Please call 301-880-7022 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nia Banks, and get more information on the number of laser treatments you need for dark hair.