Laser hair removal increasing in popularity
August 5, 2011
Nearly 1 million laser hair removal treatments were performed in the U.S. last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). However, new statistics prove that the procedure is becoming even more popular, especially among women.
While electrolysis was once the only way to permanently remove unwanted body hair, laser hair removal has grown in popularity since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and introduced to the public 15 years ago. Many say the results are superior as well.
According to a recent survey conducted by Celibre Medical Corporation, 97 percent of women who removed unwanted hair using lasers say they are satisfied with the outcome. This finding is significantly higher than the satisfaction level of those who undergo electrolysis treatments (70 percent).
According to ASAPS, the laser hair removal procedure utilizes a low energy laser beam that passes through the skin and is attracted to the pigment of the hair. The energy passes down the hair shaft and is absorbed by hair follicles that are in the active growth phase, thereby disabling the hair follicle in the deeper layer of the skin.
The procedure itself can take several minutes to several hours to perform, based on the area being treated. However, achieving optimal results requires several sessions, as the laser only targets actively growing hair, and not all hair follicles are active at the same time.
Laser hair removal can be performed on any area of the body including the face, legs, underarms, bikini area, back and chest. There are several types of lasers used for laser hair removal. A licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you decide which type is best for your skin and hair color.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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