Laser Hair Removal at Elite
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to eliminate unwanted body hair. We have three different type lasers to professionally remove hair on any skin type, including those with African, Asian, or South American ethnicity.
Laser Hair Removal or Electrolysis?
With electrolysis, each hair follicle is treated by inserting a probe; therefore, all hair colors can be treated. With the laser, a larger area is treated by sending a light to the hair follicle. The laser is attracted to the melanin in the hair; therefore it cannot treat blond, white, and certain shades of red hairs.
After the laser treatments are completed, it is often necessary to clean up the hairs the laser could not treat by doing electrolysis treatments. The hairs treated by the laser are permanently removed, but FDA has only cleared laser for permanent hair “reduction” because of the inability to reach all hairs. See the section below for further explanation. It is best to have a hair removal specialist who is able to offer both electrolysis and laser hair removal in the same clinic.
How does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The lasers most effectively disable hair that is in the active growth (anagen) phase. Because all the hair in a treated area may not be in the anagen phase, more than one laser treatment will be necessary to remove the hair that subsequently enters the growth phase.
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Different types of lasers produce different colors of light. The light emitted by the laser is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) located in hair follicles (melanin pigments give hair its color) and hair shaft. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment – disabling several hair follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s regrowth – but not long enough to damage the surrounding follicle.
The lasers are delicate enough for a woman’s sensitive skin and robust enough for a man’s beard, back, and arms.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment on an African-American
We all have different skin types. Come to Elite Laser to work with a professional that is qualified to work on your specific skin type.