How It Works

Laser hair removal is the most effective and popular hair removal method, allowing you to remove unwanted hair from targeted body parts without any pain, discomfort, razor burns, or harsh side effects. Most importantly, laser hair removal affects the roots of your hair, which, over time, helps you achieve hair-free, smooth, and silky skin.

To put it simply, laser hair removal is a procedure wherein targeted laser energy is used to kill your unwanted hair follicles. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, affecting the underlying hair follicles. Consequently, your hair grows out finer and sparser with each cycle until it stops growing completely.

The Stages of Hair Growth

To understand how laser hair removal works, it’s important to understand the stages of hair growth. Your hair grows out in 3 distinct stages, and different follicles are usually in different stages of the hair growth cycle. That’s why people who wax often find new hair growing out in as little as one week. The newly-growing hairs aren’t the same hairs removed during waxing — they’re hairs from other follicles at different stages of hair growth.

Stage 1: Anagen
Anagen is the active growth phase wherein the lowest part of the hair follicles, called the bulb, is attached to the dermis and receives an active blood supply, allowing it to grow actively.

Stage 2: Catagen
Catagen is the transition phase of hair growth wherein the bulb is detached from the dermis and blood supply, and it starts dying.

Stage 3: Telogen
Telogen is the final stage of hair growth wherein the hair follicle is at rest. At this stage, the hair bulb is completely detached from the dermis, allowing the hair to fall out easily.

Typical Length of Time In Between Treatments

  • Body Treatments – 5 to 6 weeks
  • Face – 4 weeks
  • PCOS – 4 weeks
  • Dark Skin – 4 to 5 weeks
  • Male clients – 4 to 5 weeks
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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is a device that generates intense beams of focused light energy that’s eventually converted into heat energy. The light energy is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle, i.e., the melanin. Dark pigments absorb light easily, converting it into heat energy. The heat, in turn, affects the hair follicle and prevents hair growth.

The light energy affects the bulb of the hair follicle connected to the blood supply and dermis. As such, it detaches the bulb from the dermis, destroys the hair follicle and stems cells responsible for hair growth, thereby moving the hair growth into the Catagen or Telogen phase of hair growth. To put it very simply, laser hair removal takes the hair to its final resting stage, allowing the hair to shed off easily.

However, laser hair removal only affects the hairs in the growing phase, which is around 20% to 40% of your hair at any given point. That’s why you need numerous hair removal sessions to target all the hair follicles as they enter the growth phase. The treatments are usually spaced a few weeks apart.

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Why Choose Madison Laser Spa?

Madison Laser Spa uses the latest and most effective laser hair removal methods and cutting-edge technologies. Our laser hair removal technique is suitable for all skin types, and treatments are planned according to your specific goals and concerns. Furthermore, we provide unlimited laser hair removal sessions for a specific region for a period of time, allowing you to access repeated treatments at a lower rate until the entire hair removal process is complete.