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What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

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As winter is slowly approaching, the excuse of wearing jeans means we don’t have to shave as often. Shaving takes so much time and effort. If you still want that smooth skin feel without taking the time to shave, laser hair removal might be a good option for you.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that remove unwanted hairs as “a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle,” according to the Mayo Clinic. The heat damages the hair, which stops the growth of the hair in that area.(2)

Am I a good candidate?

You can do laser hair removal on any part of your body, anywhere that you want to remove unwanted hair from growing. Hair color and skin color can affect the success in laser hair removal, the Mayo Clinic reported.

It is said that laser hair removal is most effective if you have darker hair and light skin because “the laser beam targets the pigment in the hair.”(2) However, laser hair removal is effective for people who have darker skin as well.

Facts and advancements

In 2015, hair removal (laser or pulsed light) came in at number three out of the top five non-surgical procedures.(1) Over the years, procedures have changed and the number of people familiar with certain procedures changes as well.

From 1997 to 2015, there has been a large increase in the number of laser hair removal procedures done.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 1997, no information is available as to how many laser hair removal procedures were done, but in 2014 there were 828,480 procedures. In just one year, in 2015 the numbers increased to 1,136,834 hair removal procedures for both men and women.(1)

When comparing the numbers for each gender, in 2015 overall women had 1,006,693 procedures done and men had 130,142 procedures. Based on these numbers, it seems that women have this procedure done more than men, but it is still common for men to get laser hair removal.(1)

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1) Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 4 November 2016.
http://www.surgery.org/sites/default/files/ASAPS-Stats2015.pdf

2) Laser Hair Removal. Mayo Clinic. 4 November 2016.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/laser-hair-removal/basics/definition/prc-20019438

3) 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Laser Hair Removal. Women’s Health Magazine. 7 November 2016.
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/laser-hair-removal

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