While many of us are obsessed with even the most subtle hair loss or thinning as we get older, and how best to defy nature and “grow it back,” others are more concerned about that unwanted hair that appears, often in the most undesirable of places. For men, this typically includes the back or chest. For women, potential locations of undesirable growth include the face, upper lip, chin, arms and hands, neck, sideburns, unibrow, underarms, bikini, legs and feet.
Laser hair removal has been around for some time. Unlike waxing or threading (that Middle Eastern technique using, quite literally, needle and thread to remove excess hair – often for unibrow and other facial needs), high quality laser hair removal performed by a laser-trained and licensed esthetician can be a one-time series of 4-6 treatments for many, depending on their coloring and skin tone.
The ideal time for laser hair removal treatment? Fall or winter, when sun-darkened skin has been replaced, at least in our part of the country, by the more typical northern climate tone. Suntans and laser treatment do not mix! Also, the ideal hair removal subject is dark-haired. While there are now some machines that do a reasonably effective removal on lighter gray or blonde hair coloring, dark hair remains the ideal laser removal subject.
Perhaps most important, in addition to highly trained, educated and licensed estheticians performing the laser treatments, is the quality of the technology being used. At Pascal pour Elle salons, we continually do our research to ensure that we are using the best available and safest technology and products on the market. Currently, our state-of-the art technology of choice for laser hair removal is the Alma Harmony XL Laser system, which allows light-based energy to travel harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb. The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises quickly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.
We also consult regularly with Dr. Andrew Scheman, board-certified dermatologist at the North Shore Center for Medical Aesthetics, to confirm that our laser hair removal techniques are, first and foremost, safe for the skin surrounding the treatment area.
“Laser hair removal in general is safest on people with lighter skin pigment,” explains Dr. Scheman. “If used when the skin is tan, permanent pigment changes can occur. Highly trained operators such as Pascal’s team know this and always prioritize what is safest for the client.”
Throughout the month of October, 10% of all Pascal pour Elle laser hair removal treatment proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer charity of the customer’s choice.
Next month: Protecting Your Hair When the Cold Weather Hits