Unwanted body hair can be a hassle to deal with. As you lather up in the shower every day, you may find yourself wondering: should I just get permanent hair removal? Laser hair removal can have many long-term benefits. It’s important to understand what laser hair removal can do, what it can’t, and what you should do to get the best results.
Alternatives to Laser Hair Removal
There are a number of methods that you can use for removing hair at home. These have advantages when it comes to cost and convenience. However, the downside is that these methods do not last — if you are removing hair at home, you’ll need to do fairly regular maintenance.
Perhaps the most common home hair removal method is shaving. This is most commonly performed on the legs and underarms, but can also be used on other parts of the body. Disadvantages can include nicks, razor burn, and ingrown hairs.
Tweezing is another popular, low-cost hair removal method. However, many people find tweezing painful and time-consuming. It is not a feasible method for removing hair from large areas.
Home waxing is a third option. Like tweezing, home waxing can be painful. Additionally, inexperienced waxers can either heat the wax too much or too little, which can result in burns or incomplete hair removal.
Different home hair removal methods come in at different price points depending on the equipment and methods you choose. No one method is good for every individual, or even for every part of the same person’s body.
Getting the Most Out of Laser Hair Removal
For optimum effect, laser hair removal should be done in four to six treatments that are administered four to six weeks apart. There are no benefits to having treatments more often.
Laser hair removal is best for removing dark hair from light skin. Light-colored hair does not have enough pigment for the laser to affect it; talk to our medical spa professionals about the best options for permanent removal of lighter hair.
Laser hair removal is fast and precise. An area around the size of a quarter can be treated every second. This means that smaller areas like your underarm or upper lip can be treated in minutes. Larger areas like legs will take around an hour.
Pain associated with laser treatment can be reduced with the use of numbing gels. You may also use ice packs after treatment to ease discomfort. Usually, any soreness will abate within a couple of days and the hair will fall out in the weeks after, leaving smooth skin behind.
Is laser hair removal the answer for you? Get in touch today for a free consultation.