Summary: If asked to list the benefits of laser hair removal, you’d probably talk about things like saving time and money over shaving, a less painful experience than waxing, and never having to worry about a stray body hair again. Beyond the cosmetic though, laser hair removal seems to be offering more benefits on the medical front that extend far beyond a beautiful, hair-free body.
Laser Hair Removal for Folliculitis
A fairly common skin condition, folliculitis is diagnosed when the hair follicles become inflamed. This irritation begins in the form of mild bumps that look similar to razor burn or pimples, but, if infected further, can worsen into crusty sores that refuse to heal that leave behind permanent scars.
Although not harmful, folliculitis can feel itchy and uncomfortable, and having a visible skin rash can make those affected feel self-conscious about their appearance. Since folliculitis occurs in the hair follicles themselves, it makes sense that hair removal should help the condition. Unfortunately, shaving and waxing can actually exacerbate the symptoms.
Laser hair removal can be a very effective solution for folliculitis, often in combination with additional treatments to heal active breakouts. By targeting the affected follicles directly to prevent future hair regrowth, laser hair removal essentially eliminates folliculitis right at the source.
Laser Hair Removal for PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder of the endocrine system that occurs in women of childbearing age. Symptoms of PCOS can include an irregular monthly cycle, acne and obesity, and fluid-filled cysts in the ovaries. PCOS can interfere with fertility, and is estimated to affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women in the United States alone.
One of the most outwardly troubling signs of PCOS is the development of abnormal hair growth due to the underlying hormonal imbalance responsible. For many women, the appearance of a faint mustache or more visible body hair feels like the last straw when dealing with the other symptoms brought on by PCOS.
Laser hair removal can ensure smooth skin and a hair-free appearance in women with PCOS, and can be used virtually anywhere on the face or body that unwanted hair growth has occurred.
Laser Hair Removal for Amputees
Amputation of a limb means adjusting to an entirely new way of life that typically includes getting used to wearing a prosthesis. As if that weren’t enough of a challenge in and of itself, it turns out that chronic skin problems are a common frustration for many amputees, including excessive sweating and irritation at the connection between limb and prosthesis.
A recent study conducted in service personnel with amputations showed that laser hair removal treatments significantly improved some of the daily challenges of dealing with a prosthetic. Benefits were seen in the alleviation of physical symptoms, like pain, irritation and itching, as well as relieving the emotional exasperation associated with these symptoms.
Study participants also noted a dramatic reduction in excessive sweating between the limb and rubber sleeve that provides a cushion between skin and prosthesis. Reducing this problem led to a decrease in slippage, helping alleviate friction blisters and creating an increase in stability.
Although the study results were based on subjective descriptions, the implications are exciting, and the same concepts may be beneficial in incorporating laser hair removal as a cost-effective way to improve the quality of life for amputees, both military and civilian.