Ruby Laser Hair Removal Treatment Overview

The ruby laser hair removal procedure is a proven method for getting rid of unsightly hair, whether its a single strand or a significant crop. In fact, the ruby laser is considered the original laser for hair removal, having been invented in 1960 and approved for hair removal by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997. While the ideal candidate for laser hair removal is a person with light skin and dark hair, the ruby laser is also effective on light-skinned people with fine and light hair. (People with dark skin, whether its attributable to genes or tanning, should not consider ruby laser hair removal treatments.)

Permanent Hair Reduction

Laser hair removal procedures cannot guarantee 100% permanent hair removal, but the ruby laser hair treatment can significantly reduce the amount of visible hair virtually anywhere on the head or body, from the upper lip or chin to the back, shoulders, legs, bikini line, underarm and more. Due to the damage that lasers can do to the retina, however, unwanted hair around the eyes should not be removed with a ruby laser.

As is the case with all laser hair removal treatments, the ruby laser targets hair follicles in the first phase of their three-step growth cycle, the growing phase (rather than the resting phase or the shedding phase). Because the timing of each follicles cycle can vary from those around it, several treatment sessions are typically needed to effectively reduce all of the hair in any given area.

During the procedure, the ruby laser emits a wavelength of energy (specifically, 694 nanometers, or nm) directly on the treatment area. These light pulses target and destroy independent follicles of hair while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.

The Ruby Laser Hair Removal Procedure

As in any medical procedure, you and your doctor are both responsible for making sure you have a clear understanding of whats involved in a ruby laser hair treatment before you agree to the course of treatment.

Prior to a ruby laser hair removal procedure, the doctor will cleanse the area being treated with alcohol and, if needed, numb the area with a topical cream. Everyone in the treatment room is then required to put on safety goggles to safeguard their eyes. Once a patch of skin has been tested to determine the appropriate setting for your particular skin and hair types, the doctor will focus the ruby laser on the spot to be treated, thereby inhibiting the growth of the darker follicles in that area. (Dark pigments attract and absorb the light from a laser more easily than lighter pigments do, which is why laser hair removal works best on light-skinned, dark-haired individuals.)

The length of the procedure depends on the size of the area being treated. In general, most procedures take half an hour to 40 minutes. During this time, you may feel some discomfort akin to snapping a rubber band against the treated area, but this discomfort can be minimized by the topical cream as well as the cooling function attached to the ruby laser. After the procedure, there may be swelling and redness around the treated area, but those symptoms should resolve within a few hours.

Ideal Candidates for Ruby Laser Hair Treatment

The ideal candidates for ruby laser hair removal are light-skinned, dark-haired people. However, because of its specific wavelength of light, the ruby laser can also be effective on light-skinned people who have lighter shades of hair. As noted earlier, dark-skinned and tanned people are not considered good candidates for ruby laser hair removal.

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