Teach Those Unwanted Follicles Who’s the Boss

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Get rid of it for good

Getting rid of unwanted hair is sort of like the Greek myth of Sisyphus. He was punished for cheating Hades, god of the Underworld, out of his (Sisyphus’s) death on numerous occasions. His punishment? Rolling a boulder uphill all day, only to see it roll down again at day’s end, forcing him to do it all over again the next day and every day forward.

So it is with hair removal. You shave, pluck, tweeze, wax, even basically use hair napalm to get rid of the stuff under your arms, on your legs, on your bikini lines, and other unwanted zones.

Only to see it grow back again a few days or weeks later. Sisyphus of body hair, are you.

Fortunately, people smarter than everyone else developed lasers and someone thought, “Hey, let’s point that laser at a hair follicle.” Fortunately, the result was an injured hair follicle that no longer grew hair — laser hair removal.

What you need to know

Laser hair removal utilizes infrared light in eliminating unwanted hair by targeting the pigment in the hair follicles. The light energy is converted to heat as it hits the target area, damaging the follicle. Since hair on various parts of the body may undergo various stages (there are primarily four stages of hair growth), a few sessions will be necessary to completely get rid of the unwanted hair. Hair follicles that are in the anagen (active growth) phase have the greatest amount of melanin (pigment in the skin), which makes it the ideal time to target the hair with a laser.

It takes roughly six to eight treatments spaced between four to six weeks apart to enjoy the full effects of laser hair removal. Each individual may respond differently, though, depending on the skin tone and hair color. Hormones are also believed to influence the results.

Don’t be like Sisyphus, get rid of your unwanted hair at Elite Plastic Surgery. Call our Grand Rapids or Byron Center locations to set up your appointment at (616) 459-1907.

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