Beauty in Science: The Physics Behind Laser Hair Removal in Spring, TX

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Laser hair removal treatment is perhaps one of the most effective ways to remove unwanted hair from the body. But when laser hair removal first became a thing, people had a difficult time wrapping their heads around the concept. After all, the idea of body hair magically going away because of a few lasers seems to be quite farfetched. But it has nothing to do with magic and everything to do with science.

What Is a Laser?

Laser hair removal is the process of having unwanted hair on your body heated enough to be removed. You may have seen lasers used in medicine, and many technology companies employ miniature lasers to cut, etch and weld different parts of their product.

Lasers are essentially a focused form of light. It’s so concentrated that it can destroy cells and damage materials. Lasers are made of tiny beams that are not visible to the naked eye. With a wavelength of about 10 to 10,000, this type of light is called electromagnetic radiation. The wavelength of lasers can be in the range of 100 to 10000, so they are considered a tiny form of light. As defined, lasers are also one-directional as they are bound to move in a straight line at a right angle.

When we talk about lasers, we are actually speaking of ‘coherent light.’ In other words, lasers can be considered a bundle of light rays lined up and moving in the same direction. By ‘coherent,’ we mean these rays have the same wavelength and frequency. Essentially, it means that the light rays are all in phase with each other.

How Do Hair Removal Lasers Work

In laser hair removal, the hair follicle is exposed to a concentrated beam of light which is being emitted by the device. Once it hits the hair follicle, the light energy heats up the hair at its base, causing the hair to break off below the surface of the skin. As the laser beam is focused on the hair follicle, the hair below the follicle is typically not damaged.

Specifically for black hair, the laser may have to be used more than once. Because black hair tends to grow in a more ‘coarse’ manner, the laser may have to be used on a more frequent basis. The exact number of times of treatments depends on the condition of the skin and the desired look.

The laser is typically mounted on the device so that it can be moved around and adjusted accordingly. The treatment area can be moved in any direction and the treatment can be done in any order.

Once the hair is removed, you can expect the hair to grow back slower and thinner every time. The exact rate is determined by a number of factors, including skin type and hair color.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it – the physics behind laser hair removal. It’s actually quite fascinating how this ancient science can be applied to beauty treatments. This is only a testament to how little we actually know about the world around us. And even less about the microscopic world in which we live.

Experience smooth skin with the help of Z Med Clinic. We are a trusted and state-of-the-art family healthcare clinic that offers laser hair removal in Spring,TX. We have been serving the community with our world-class medical care and exceptional health support services for a long time, and we intend to continue doing the same, and even upgrade our medical care solutions in the time to come. Book an appointment now!

Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

Medical Director

About Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

Anne Marie Ponce de Leon MD is a proud native Houstonian. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Biology and History. For medical school, she attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (recently renamed McGovern Medical School). She began her family practice training at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA, but subsequently returned to Houston where she completed her residency at the Memorial Southwest Family Practice Program.

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