Is Laser Hair Removal Right For Me?
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The melanin that resides in our skin and gives the skin its pigment, also gives our body hair its pigment or color as well. The laser light used in laser hair removal selectively targets the melanin found in hair. Because of the selective absorption of photons by the laser light, only black or brown hairs can be removed. Patients with light colored or blonde hair can be helped with laser hair removal, but they may require more treatments.
The number of treatment sessions depends on the type of hair and skin color, usually between eight and twelve. Various issues such as treatment area, skin color, hair coarseness, and sex affect the number and results of treatments.
While laser hair removal is a proven technique, Dr. Berris is pleased to offer a quick and easy alternative to laser hair removal in Sacramento. Dr. Berris and our staff are able to offer our patients pulsed-light hair removal. Pulsed-light systems and lasers are very similar; both remove hair in the same way. Both laser and pulsed-light treatments work by emitting pulses of intense light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the hair's pigment, disabling the cells responsible for new hair growth. Any area of the body, except around the eyes, may be treated with pulsed-light hair removal. Most patients will achieve permanent hair reduction. The main difference between the two hair removal treatments is the time of the procedure. The Palomar IPL machine, used for pulsed-light hair removal, can remove hair ten times faster than the traditional laser treatment.
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