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Millions of men and women undergo removal of unwanted hair every year. Excessive hair growth may be from endocrine abnormalities, medication, or more commonly just from genetic predisposition.
There are several ways today for reducing unwanted hair. These include shaving, plucking, waxing and electrolysis. As anyone who has undergone these procedures knows, the results are most often only temporary. Long-term hair reduction requires more than destroying the hair — you must destroy the follicle itself. The only way to do that is by heating the follicle to a high temperature for a short amount of time.
The way to achieve this is through the use of light energy, which is absorbed by the melanin within hair. Melanin is a pigment that absorbs light to give your skin or hair its color. The type of machine used at Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics is specific for the melanin in hair, and is safe and painless, while also being highly effective at eliminating hair follicles.
Treatments work best with brown or black hair, which has a certain type of melanin. Red and blond hair are slightly more difficult, but are still treatable. White, light grey and very light blond hair do not generally respond well to light therapy.
Although individual results may vary, overall the permanency of hair removal should be greater than 80%. This means you may still have some fine hair growth, and may need an occasional touch-up perhaps every one to two years.
Dr. Gibson at Vanishing ink Laser Aesthetics Center recommends that if you are considering permanent hair reduction, you should continue to shave the area but avoid plucking, waxing or electrolysis, as we need the hair within the shaft in order to destroy the follicle.