How to Get Rid of Hair Follicles on the Legs

by Victoria Ramirez

Achieve smooth, hair-free legs after regular use of home laser treatments.

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Hair follicles on the legs interfere with the overall texture and appearance of skin. Hair removal lasers get to the root of the problem and break down each hair at its base, making them weaker and forcing them to fall out. The intense heat from the laser beam causes permanent damage to the hair follicles, the tiny sacs in the skin from which hairs grow. Multiple laser treatments make hair grow back thinner and less frequently. After six months of laser treatments, many people achieve smooth, hair-free legs without visible follicles.

Items you will need

  • Body wash
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Clean towel
  • Hair removal laser

Procedure

Step 1

Position the laser tip on the skin and wait until you hear the laser make a beeping sound. After every beep, move the laser to a new area of skin to treat. Shift the device in a continuous motion, making sure to overlap the previously treated area.

Step 2

Continue positioning the laser in an overlapping, repetitive motion, until you complete treatment of the desired area.

Step 3

Perform the laser treatment on the legs once every two weeks, for six months, or until hair stops growing in the treated area.

Tips

  • Avoid natural and artificial sunlight, such as tanning beds, for at least one week after each laser treatment.

Warnings

  • Failing to use the skin sensor feature before using the laser on the skin may result in scarring. Some laser treatment devices are designed for people with light to medium skin tones and medium to dark hair. Read the directions carefully before purchasing a laser hair removal device. Discontinue laser treatments and contact your doctor or dermatologist if you experience increased skin sensitivity or pain that does not subside after three to five days.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Victoria Ramirez has been writing professionally since 2009. She has a background in health and human services, and contributes her expertise to several online publications. Ramirez received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from California State University, Bakersfield, where she graduated with honors in 2004.