LASER HAIR REMOVAL IN ORANGE COUNTY
Tired of shaving and waxing? Laser hair removal can permanently rid you of unwanted hair on any part of your body. Darker hair responds more easily to laser treatment, but even the lightest color hair can be eradicated with AMA Skincare’s expertly designed, virtually pain-free protocols. Join the legions of liberated women and men who are enjoying the carefree lifestyle that laser hair removal affords.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
Dark pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft and the papilla (hair follicle root) are targeted by a specific light-energy emitted by the laser. In a fraction of a second, the hair is simply vaporized without damaging the skin or any surrounding tissue. Permanent hair removal typically requires 5-6 visits.
Hair grows in 3 phases:
- The active growth phase – the part of the follicle that actually generates the hair (the papilla) is present and is growing a hair.
- The mature phase – when the hair has stopped growing and the papilla has disappeared.
- The dormant phase – the follicle is preparing to “shed” the old hair (exfoliation) and cycle back to the active growth phase.
On average, a hair follicle will cycle through these phases every 4-12 weeks, depending on which part of the body is growing the hair. When dark hair is treated, it’s always vaporized regardless of the phase. However, the follicle itself will stop making hair only if treated during the active growth phase – when the hair shaft is still connected to the papilla, making it vulnerable to the laser energy destroying it. Therefore, 5-6 laser hair removal treatments approximately 4-6 weeks apart are usually required to achieve permanent hair removal, so that every follicle is treated in the active growth phase when the papilla is present.
LONG-TERM HAIR REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MAY BE REQUIRED
With time, typical skin will grow new hair from newly active follicles that have never before been active. This is a common occurrence due to normal life changes, maturation, aging and hormonal cycles for both men and women. Therefore, even after a thorough and effective series of laser hair removal treatments clearing all the hair from a given area, new hair may appear that will require an occasional touch-up treatment.
DOES IT HURT?
In one pulse lasting a fraction of a second, our lasers remove hair on a patch of skin the size of a quarter. The laser hair removal sensation feels like a hair being plucked or getting snapped by a rubber band. Our lasers incorporate a patented, state-of-the-art, integrated cooling system acting as a natural anesthetic, cooling down the skin to minimize any discomfort. Patients unanimously report that the hair removal treatment is a “piece of cake” compared to waxing.
DARKER HAIR VS. LIGHTER HAIR AND LASER HAIR REMOVAL
It’s the pigment (melanin) in the hair that actually absorbs laser energy. So the darker the hair, the more laser energy is absorbed, ensuring hair vaporization and papilla destruction. Additionally, the thicker the hair, the more laser energy is absorbed. Think of the hair shaft as a lightning rod. The thicker the rod, the more electricity it absorbs. Thick jet-black hair is the easiest to remove. Patients with light blonde, grey or white hair without sufficient melanin will need to apply a specially formulated pharmaceutical gel, which infuses the follicle with a substance that mimics melanin and absorbs laser energy.
For information regarding the challenges, truths and misconceptions of darker skin, visit the Darker Skin FAQ page.