Since being introduced as a viable hair reduction method, laser hair removal has helped a great deal of people get rid of their unwanted body hair. Though the majority of men and women considering the procedure will qualify as a good candidate, there are some that may discover they aren’t. If you are thinking about seeking treatment, there are a few factors that will help you determine whether or not it’s right for you.
The best results are seen on patients with light to medium skin pigmentation. Darker-skinned individuals are more likely to find their skin absorbing the laser light instead of the hair follicle. This can have damaging side effects and would require many more treatments than are typically necessary.
Hair color is as equally important for laser hair removal candidacy as skin pigmentation. The darker the hair, the better the laser light can target the area to be treated. Hair that is very light or has no color to it is difficult to treat because of its inability to effectively absorb the heat.
People often begin receiving laser hair removal treatments during their teenage years. It is a safe procedure that will have the same effects and potential risks as it has on adult patients. However, it’s important to consider that a teenager’s hair growth system may not be fully developed and not able to reap all the benefits. Those under 18 will require a parent’s consent. In addition, older patients with hair that has turned gray are generally not viewed as good candidates.
Being on certain medications can affect a patient’s eligibility for treatment until they have been stopped for a certain period of time. A history of scarring might impact how a patient feels about the possibility of scarring from the procedure. Those with a herpes infection should also be cautious, as the laser’s heat can activate it.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of your candidacy with an experienced doctor, we would be happy to set you up with a consultation at the Skin and Vein Center. Our knowledgeable medical staff can clear up any lingering questions you might have and go over additional details.