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Auburn, Alabama Laser Hair Removal
Unwanted hair can be both embarrassing and a big hassle. Imagine being free from the drudgery of shaving, waxing and tweezing! Laser hair removal in Auburn-Opelika, Alabama at Hedden Plastic Surgery & Auburn Medi-Spa is an exciting and effective option for both men and women. Take the next step and contact us today to set up your consultation, learn more about the procedure and find out if you are a candidate for laser hair removal.
Hair Growth Cycle
Hair grows from hair follicles embedded in the skin. Hair doesn't grow continuously, but exists in a three-phase cycle. While the rate of hair growth varies for different people, the length of the hair growth cycle mostly depends on the type of hair. For example, the active growth phase of the hair on your head may last for several years, while your body hair may have an active growth phase that may only lasts a few months.
The cycle of hair growth includes an anagen, catagen and telogen phase:
- The anagen phase is the active growth phase. About 85% of our hair is in the anagen phase at any given time.
- The catagen phase is a short transitional period during which the hair stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks in size
- The telogen phase, or resting phase, is the last phase of the growth cycle before the follicle re-enters the anagen phase.
Laser Hair Removal Treatments
During laser hair removal, the laser energy damages hair follicles in the treated area and impairs their ability to grow hair. The energy is absorbed by follicles in the active growth phase (anagen phase) — follicles in the transitional or resting phases contain less pigment and don't absorb the laser energy as well. Since these hair follicles must re-enter the growth phase before they can be treated, multiple laser hair removal treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart are usually necessary.
The length of a laser hair removal procedure depends on the size of the treated area — a small region, such as the underarm, may take only a few minutes, while a larger area such as the legs may take approximately 1 hour.
Following the procedure, your skin may appear red or irritated, which will likely dissipate within a day or two. We may recommend that you use a topical cream to protect your skin. It's also important to use sunscreen for a few weeks after a laser hair removal treatment and avoid plucking or waxing in the treated area.