Ingrown hairs occur when hair gets stuck underneath the skin. The hair continues to grow while it is stuck under the skin’s surface and can lead to the formation of itchy and painful bumps and lumps on the surface of the skin. Ingrown hairs are usually the result of shaving, waxing or plucking the hair. They can occur anywhere there is hair, but commonly occur on the face, neck, bikini area and legs. The ingrown hairs can cause an infection of the hair follicle, which is known as folliculitis. Laser hair removal is by far the best treatment for ingrown hairs. Treatment of ingrown hairs with laser hair removal can permanently remove them.
Lasers use an invisible beam of light to destroy hair follicles at the roots. The light given off by the laser hair removal machine is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. Pigment is what gives hair its color. When the pigment of the hair follicles absorbs the light delivered by the laser, the hair follicle heats up and gets damaged to the point where it is unable to grow back. As the hair cells are killed they are then shed to the surface of the skin as the cell cycle turns over. This is how ingrown hairs are also brought to the surface of the skin when destroyed by the laser.
Understanding how laser hair removal works is important not only when giving laser hair removal treatments, but also when receiving them. If the laser hair removal machine is set incorrectly or used by someone without experience it can result in severe burning and scarring of the skin.
Our advanced laser hair removal technology lets us provide you with quick and comfortable removal of hair in both large and small areas. We can get rid of ingrown hairs on any part of your body in 15 to 20 minutes, without the need for topical numbing creams.
To learn more, you can contact our office or visit our Laser Hair Removal Page.