Here in sunny Florida, near year-round warm temperatures mean lots of days in skin-baring swimsuits, shorts and sundresses. And for decades, that meant lots of harsh shaving, painful electrolysis or messy depilatory creams and waxes. Not anymore. Since landing FDA approval and becoming commercially available in the late 1990s, laser hair removal has become one of most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, statistics show – and with good reason.
Adopted by the American Academy of Dermatology as a proven and healthy way to remove unwanted hair from the body, more than one million laser hair removal procedures are performed each year. It’s safe, highly effective and produces long lasting results.
Laser hair removal treatment employs the theory of “selective photothermolysis.” This involves identifying a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration that will achieve optimal effect on a targeted tissue (specifically, melanin within the hair follicle) without affecting the surrounding tissue. Light is converted into heat within the hair shaft, altering the hair follicle’s regrowth mechanism or destroying it altogether. Subsequent hair growth cycles are dramatically slowed.
It’s important to note that while the FDA approved laser hair removal for “permanent hair reduction,” that term actually is defined as “long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs regrowing after a treatment regime.” So, while it may take a year or more, patients may see an eventual regrowth of hair. To ensure more permanent results, expect to undergo four to six treatments. While most laser hair removal patients are seeking hair-free underarms and smooth, lovely legs, laser hair removal also is a sought-after treatment for certain disorders like hypertrichosis (excessive hair growth) and hirsutism (hair growth in women that resembles that of men).
In multiple regions nationwide, hair removal is an unregulated procedure. However, the Florida Board of Medicine considers the use of laser devices a practice of medicine, which requires that such procedures be performed by a licensed physician; a physician assistant under the supervision of a physician; an advanced registered nurse practitioner under a protocol signed by a physician; or an electrologist working under the direct supervision and responsibility of a physician. That means here at Largo’s Pure Life Medispa, you can rest assured that your laser hair removal procedure is being done by a highly trained and experienced medical professional.
Call 727-595-3400 to schedule a laser hair removal consultation today.