So you finally decided to join the thousands of laser hair removal Miami clients and kiss your waxing appointments goodbye. Upon doing some research and calling around your local medical spas in Miami, you realize that you will need a series of treatments. In this blog post, we will explain why laser hair removal requires multiple sessions and why its important to have a strict interval between your appointments.
The Science behind Hair Growth Cycles.
Our hair has three stages of growth: the Anagen (the growing stage), the Catagen (the shedding stage) and the Talogen (the resting stage).
During the Anagen stage, the cells in papilla produce new hair fibers. The follicle is firmly planted into the dermal layer of the skin to provide nourishment for the hair strand. This stage can last anywhere from 4-12 weeks, depending on the area of the body.
Once the hair follicle enters the Catogen stage, the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the papilla. Once detached, it no longer receives the necessary nourishment from the blood supply. The follicle shrinks and gets pushed out of the body. This usually lasts about two weeks.
During the Talogen stage, the hair follicle is dormant. After about 1 – 4 months of resting, the follicle will begin to grow hair. Each hair follicle is completely independent from the next. Meaning that not all of our hair follicles are in the same stage all at once. If that was the case, we would either resemble Chewbacca or be completely bald.
The Science behind Laser Hair Removal
Lasers are extremely effective in reducing unwanted hair growth by emitting a beam of light at a specific wavelength. Upon penetrating the skin, the light energy turns into heat energy. The heat energy is attracted to pigment of the hair follicle (melanin). The base of the hair follicle is where the melanin is most prevalent. The heat energy destroys the hair follicle and prevents it from producing hair in the future. Once destroyed, the body naturally pushes the hair out of the body in about 10 to 14 days after the treatment.
Laser hair removal is most effective on clients with light skin and dark hair. Since lighter skin tones do not have a lot of melanin in the cells, the laser is only attracted to the melanin of the hair follicle. Darker skin tones naturally have a higher amount of melanin in the skin surrounding the hair follicle. So the heat from the laser would also be attracted to the surrounding tissue. Advanced technology at Avalon Medical Spa now allows darker laser hair removal Miami clients to also achieve outstanding results!
Unfortunately, since white, blonde and red hair do not have a lot of pigment in the hair bulb of the hair follicle, laser hair removal may not be effective. So how does this information apply towards why laser hair removal requires multiple sessions?
Significance of the Hair Growth Cycle to Laser Hair Removal
The hair growth cycle is the reason why laser hair removal requires multiple sessions! During the growing stage (Anagen), the shaft of the hair is attached to the bulb of the hair follicle. This is also when the melanin of the hair is most abundant since it gets the nourishment from the bloodstream. As mentioned earlier, not every single hair is in the same cycle at any given moment. Depending on the area of the body, the cycles change anywhere from 4-12 weeks. As an example, the hair on the face usually interchanges cycles every 4-6 weeks while the hair on the legs can change cycles every anywhere from 8-12 weeks! The hair follicles closer to the heart usually change cycles a lot faster then the hair follicles that are further away. The laser hair removal Miami specialists at Avalon Medical Spa will help you keep your appointments at appropriate intervals to ensure you get the best results possible!
But wait, there is MORE…
There area other contributing factors that also explain why laser hair removal requires multiple sessions.
- The density of the hair follicles. Some people just have more hair then others. If you have more hair then others, you many need an additional couple sessions to achieve the desired result.
- Our bodies are always changing and new hair follicles can become active after years of being dormant.
- Some hair follicles are stronger then others and may survive laser hair removal and start growing hair again.
- Individual client differences. Even the most “ideal” candidate may not respond to laser hair removal. It is impossible to predict the exact results of laser hair removal until the client undergoes the procedure.
Call the laser hair removal Miami Specialists at Avalon Medical Spa to schedule a complimentary, no obligation consultation. Our experienced laser technicians are skilled at proving exemplary results at unbeatable prices. Call us at 305.918.2007 or email us at email@example.com to find out more information!