Not having to wax regularly is a bit of a dream for many women! Permanent hair removal is a real technological breakthrough that allows you to avoid the waxing stage and prepare for the summer as early as the winter season. But who is it aimed at and, above all, what are the methods used to get rid of hair? Zoom in!
What is permanent hair removal?
There are different ways of eradicating hair from our epidermis using the laser technique or electrolysis hair removal.
Although the laser was commercially launched in 1995, it was the following year that it developed more significantly as a result of further studies. Since then, this technique has proved its worth and is in great demand by those who wish to control their hair. Permanent hair removal acts on the hair system to prevent it from growing back. It involves destroying the hair bulb via its melanin (pigment). The laser will diffuse heat so that the temperature of the hair is around 70°. The hair will then be eradicated and the treated germinative zone will be sterilized. The new hair will not be able to implant itself and the skin will not suffer any lesions. This is called selective photo thermolysis.
When it comes to electric hair removal, it is surely one of the most effective methods of removing hair forever. The cosmetic doctor will send a small, low-voltage electric shock into the hair bulb to prevent hair regrowth. The natural physical reaction called electrolysis will cause the hair to be permanently destroyed.
Who is permanent hair removal for?
Permanent hair removal is not a harmless act. Several recommendations are recommended before embarking on it. For those who wish to perform definitive hair removal, it is advisable to wait until the hair system is mature (no down). That is to say between 20 and 25 years old for women and 40 years old for men. Adolescence is not the best time to perform a definitive hair removal because the hair is not yet mature.
Permanent hair removal is intended for a certain type of hair and skin. It is essential to make an appointment beforehand with a "laserist" doctor before starting any operation on your hair. If the hair eradication technique consists in targeting the melanin contained in the hair, it is necessary that your hair system is visible. Ideally, you should not be tanned and should not have applied a self-tanner so that your skin tone is clearly distinct from the colour of your hair. Otherwise, there may be a risk of burns.
Light, blond or white hairs cannot be treated with laser surgery. In this case, it will be necessary to turn to electrolytic hair removal.
The advantage of this technique is that it is suitable for all hairs that cannot be treated by laser.
Which areas are affected by permanent hair removal?
In women, the areas concerned by permanent hair removal are ½ legs, armpits and bikini area.
For men, it's more about hair areas such as the upper back, shoulders and sometimes the cheekbones of the face.
How does a permanent hair removal session take place?
It is desirable that laser hair removal be spread out over a year to be sure to eradicate all hair. In fact, hair has an average lifespan of 4 months. During the first session, some may be "asleep" and not be treated. Sessions every 6 to 8 weeks will help to complete the hair cycle.
It can be painful but very reliable. This technique can only be done in the anagen phase (hair growth phase). It is possible to perform a long session under local anaesthesia to treat the entire area to be depilated. It will be necessary to wait 1 month before renewing the procedure. Sometimes the delay can be reduced to 15 days.
Any particular contraindications?
For these techniques, the contraindications are often the same: pregnant women are not advised to perform permanent hair removal. It is best to start the process after the baby arrives.
Some photo-sensitizing antibiotic treatments do not allow you to turn to permanent hair removal. The best thing to do is to have the opinion of your referring doctor or your cosmetic doctor. Permanent hair removal is a medical procedure, which means that it should always be carried out by a doctor.
This effective technique will allow you to stop wondering about the state of your hair when your fiancé offers you a surprise trip to a sunny destination!
Bye bye pocket razor and long live the holidays in Marrakech!