Waxing, shaving and electrolysis are the most affordable options for most men and women interested in getting rid of unwanted hair, but recent studies suggest that laser hair removal is still the best choice for removing hair in the long-term.
Conventional hair removal methods such as waxing and shaving only remove the tip of the hair and fail to remove the hair from its root, and hair typically grows back within a few days or weeks. Laser hair removal procedures work by passing a high-intensity light beam through the skin to destroy the hair follicle completely.
A recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates that a series of separate laser therapy treatments is the best way to reduce hair permanently.
Testing was conducted on two different types of lasers; the alexandrite laser; YAG laser on two separate spot sizes to determine the efficacy and efficiency of each type of laser. Participants in the study were given four treatments in eight-week intervals; the hair and skin was tested and measured after 18 months of treatment.
The results indicate that both the alexandrite and YAG laser systems proved to be successful, and it took at approximately four treatment sessions to create a noticeable difference. Research for this study was conducted at the Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences in Tehran.
Though laser hair removal treatments can be painful - especially treatments that involve the alexandrite laser - patients can look forward to being hair-free for the long-term. However, a series of treatments is necessary to achieve copmlete results, and many patients need to use a combination of shaving and waxing with their treatments until the hair follicle is completely destroyed.