Unwanted Hair

Unwanted body hair can be a source of embarrassment

Unwanted, excess body hair can cause skin irritation and may be unsightly – causing embarrassment for men and women alike.

Know Your Hair

Excess body hair is usually related to genetics, with race and hormone production also being important factors. Hair is actually part of the skin and is reasonably complex being made up of many different parts. The key parts to be aware of are the: epidermis, hair follicle, dermis, sebaceous gland, erector muscle and papilla.

Epidermis
The epidermis is the outer or surface layer of skin with the primary purpose of protecting you from the surrounding environment. The epidermis contains the pigment producing cells that respond to sunlight – causing you to darken and tan.

Hair follicle
This is a tube-shaped sheath that surrounds that part of hair which is under the skin. The follicle at its base nourishes the hair. The hair grows outwards from the follicle.

Dermis
The dermis lies beneath the epidermis and consists of connective tissues (collagen and elastin), hair follicles, blood vessels and sweat glands.

Sebaceous (oil) gland
This small gland releases an oil called sebum to keep the skin moist and ensures that the skin and hair are waterproof.

Erector muscle
The erector muscle connects the hair follicle to the epidermis. When it contracts it results in the hair being pulled upright forming what is commonly known as a ‘goose bump’ on the skin. This occurs in response to cold (heat regulation) or fear.

Papilla
Found at the bottom of the hair follicle. The papilla is where the actual hair cells are produced.

Treatment

Laser scanner devices allow skin care professionals to quickly treat large areas of the body such as the legs, back and chest.

In most cases, patients will need between three and five laser hair removal sessions – spaced six to eight weeks apart to achieve the desired result.

As all of the skin elements vary between different genetic types, the results of laser hair removal will depend on your skin and hair type. For this reason you will get the best results from an experienced laser skin care professional, who has developed the skills needed to identify how to best treat your unwanted hair.

Following a complete course of laser hair removal – future growth will usually be significantly thinner and lighter.

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