The cosmetic world is full of procedures aimed at improving the appearance of skin, helping it look younger and smoother. In the last 10 years, there have been changes in the trends of these procedures, with certain procedures being performed more and more, while some not so much. Statistical analysis backs this statement as well.
Laser hair removal is a popular procedure when it comes to cosmetic procedures. It still features in the top 5 non-surgical minimally invasive procedures.
Every day, thousands of people all across the globe are looking for solutions to improve a number of different aspects of their external appearance. Individuals with wrinkles and fine lines are looking for Botox® procedures or dermal fillers while those with excessive hair (or even normal hair) are looking for solutions to get these removed completely. Waxing and shaving have now become things of the past. Hair removal procedures have advanced to a level of such effectiveness that more and more individuals are seeking this procedure on a daily basis.
Laser hair removal works by gently destroying the root of the hair follicle. The root of the hair follicle is rich in a component called melanin. Melanin is responsible for giving the hair its color. When exposed to laser, melanin absorbs the photons present in laser light, resulting in the breakdown of the melanin and the hair follicle. By removing the hair at the root, it allows for smoother skin that is free from hair for longer periods of time.
A quick review of statistics published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2012 reveals that Americans spent over $11 billion on various cosmetic procedures with a view to improving their overall appearance. Of this, $367 million was spent on procedures such as laser hair removal. Of course, the number one non-invasive aesthetic procedure is still Botox®.
From the above, it is clear that despite the increase in the different kinds of cosmetic procedures that are now being performed, it appears that laser hair removal procedure still remains very popular. In fact, the number of laser hair removal procedures was increased in comparable numbers in all age groups, though the highest increase was seen in the over 55’s group. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the procedure is very safe and is associated with very few rare side effects. Furthermore, it can be performed with minimal discomfort and patient satisfaction rates are very high. The effects can last for a fair while, though in some cases multiple sittings may be needed.
It should come as no surprise that laser hair removal still remains a popular cosmetic procedure. It is likely that it will remain within the top 5 non-invasive procedures that are performed in the cosmetic world, not only due to the low cost of getting an effective treatment, but also due to its long term beneficial effects in offering younger looking skin to men and women. It is clear – laser hair removal is here to stay.
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