The average human body contains roughly 5,000,000 hair follicles. For early humans, hair kept them warm, protected them from cuts and scrapes, provided camouflage, and even served as a nice handhold for the young. They were much hairier than modern humans.

Today, our hair still performs many useful functions, in addition to keeping barbers and stylists employed. The hair on our scalps protects us against the sun, and our eyelashes act as our first defense against bugs, dust, and other irritating objects. Hair also acts as a lubricant, allowing our arms and legs to move without chafing.

While evolution has taken us a long way, our weapons of choice – waxing, tweezing, shaving, bleaching – are oftentimes not enough to control or destroy unwelcome hair growth. That’s where laser hair removal comes in and here’s how it’s done.

Lasers beam highly concentrated light into hair follicles and the pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, destroying the hair. Because of the precision of lasers, they can target the unwanted hair and leave surrounding skin undamaged, zapping several hairs in a fraction of a second. And it’s actually pretty safe.

There are several types of lasers that deliver different wavelengths of laser energy. Facilities like our Rejuvaderm MediSpa offer several types, which allows us to choose the one best suited for your skin type, hair color, hair texture and objective.

Do your homework. Be sure that the dermatologist, spa or salon you choose has several years of experience and professional aestheticians who perform laser procedures daily. Your health (and beauty) is not worth the risk!