Unwanted hair is like that chickweed in your perennial beds. No matter what you do, it just keeps coming back. You shave, pluck, wax, and use napalm-like creams to remove the stuff but then two or three weeks later there it is again.
Instead of this unending hair warfare, Dr. Carter has a better idea — putting our lasers to work ridding your body of its unwanted hair for good.
Join the crowd
In case you wonder if other people are having their unwanted hair zapped by lasers consider this: year in and year out, laser hair removal is the most popular cosmetic treatment performed in the United States. That’s because it works very well and it’s easy. Laser hair removal is great on the underarms, face, bikini line, legs, back, and other areas of the body.
How it gets rid of the hair
It may seem scary to have a laser directed at your skin. If you’ve been binging on James Bond movies, it could make you think of that scene in Goldfinger, where our beloved spy is about to be sliced in two with a laser. But, in reality, laser hair removal is safe and pretty simple.
It all comes down to the hair follicle. For permanent hair removal, the hair follicle’s bulb, bulge, and papilla must be destroyed. The vehicle is laser energy. The melanin in hair is the target for the laser energy; different wavelengths are used for different hair colors. For this reason, laser hair removal isn’t as effective on light blond or gray hair.
The laser energy travels down the hair into the follicle, and the heat then damages the follicle so it can no longer produce hair. Sometimes, if the follicle isn’t fully disabled, hair growth function can return in a few months or more.
Timing is important
You may wonder why, if you can ski the entire volcanic cone at Mt. Bachelor, how come hair isn’t always permanently sent to the graveyard. The problem is timing. Only actively growing hair responds well to laser treatments because the hair has the most melanin in that phase. But in addition to the anagen (active growth) phase, there is telogen (no growth), and cathagen (hair ejection) phases. The hundreds of thousands of hairs on your body are in different phases at different times. Plus, different areas of the body have more hairs in anagen phases than others, because hair growth is more important in those areas.
Trust Deschutes expertise
Laser hair removal requires expertise in wavelength selection, fluency, pulse duration, and cooling to effectively remove unwanted hair with the most comfort for you. At Deschutes, we know skin and how to keep you comfortable with all of our procedures. Hair removal is no different!
If you’re ready to ditch the razors and the nasty depilatory creams, you’re ready for laser hair removal at Deschutes. Call us at 541-330-0900 to make an appointment.