Does Laser Hair Removal Work
Regardless of your skin texture, skin tone, or skin color, unwanted body hair can be unsightly and a huge hassle. There are many different methods and services for removing unwanted body hair. Some of these include shaving, waxing, and laser hair removal. Shaving and waxing can be unpleasant, and to many, results do not last as long as the results you can achieve with laser hair removal technology.
Regardless of the area, be it a full body laser hair removal, or just the bikini area, you should be equipped with the best knowledge so you can make an educated decision. Read on!
Shaving Causes Ingrown Hairs
While it is uncomfortable, it is one of the most commonly used methods in the home. So if you must, here are some tips for shaving:
1. Always use a sharp razor. If your razor blade feels rough on your skin or pulls at your body hair, it is time for a replacement. Dull razor blades can cause nicks, irritation, or razor burn.
2. Hydrate your skin with water before shaving! If your legs are not well-hydrated, the hair grows and will be more difficult to cut, and it may even dull your blade faster.
3. After soaking your legs, lather shaving gel and smooth it evenly over your legs. This will help maintain moisture and help the razor blade glide smoothly across your skin.
4. Shave in long, steady strokes. When your razor is sharp, you do not have to press hard against the skin! Shave carefully around bony areas to avoid nicking yourself. Shaving with the grain is recommended to get a comfortable, close shave. Shaving against the grain results in a closer shave; however, it increases the risk of razor bumps and skin irritation.
5. Stop and rinse off your blade after every stroke to wash away shaving gel and body hair. This will help ensure that you don’t have anything blocking the blade and that you get a smooth shave!
Tweezing and Waxing?
Tweezing can be painful, but it can be a good option when you only have a few hairs to remove, like when reshaping your eyebrows or pulling out a few stray hairs on the face; however, it can cause ingrown hairs or scarring, so you should not use this method for large areas.
Waxing can also be done at home, however, it can be messy and painful. It can leave hairs behind when they break off and, if the wax is too hot, may cause burns. Never wax if you use certain types of prescription acne creams or isotretinoin, as the wax can pull off your skin. Always discuss your medications with a board-certified doctor prior to any medical procedure.
Laser Hair Removal?
LHR works by using a laser beam to destroy hair follicles, resulting in less hair, slower hair growth, and the thining of remaining hair. It can be used on any part of the body with hair. Lasers in the past used high levels of energy that could easily damage the skin at the treatment site. At a decent medical clinic, your providers should use a top-of-the-line laser platform that removes hair comfortably. Advanced laser treatment devices apply gradual heat to slowly destroy the hair follicles without damaging your skin.
Most skilled medical professionals will use artful precision to target hair follicles, so they can ensure your treatment is safe and effective. Laser technology has advanced in recent years, usually alleviating the need for numbing cream to be applied to the treatment area. But if numbing cream is needed, it should be applied at no extra cost. You can avoid the pain and tears that come with waxing by switching to laser hair removal.
Multiple Lasers & Other Factors
Highly skilled medical professionals will choose the most effective laser according to your type of hair, the color of the hair, and your skin type. Typically, at least 6 sessions are recommended for each treatment area. With each treatment, you will notice hair in the treatment area becoming thinner and finer.
There is typically a 50% decrease in hair after 6 sessions. Men treating the beard area, teens, adults with imbalanced hormone levels, or individuals with very dense, thick hair will require 10 or more treatments. If your body suffers from a hormone imbalance, you may require routine maintenance treatments, but we can always check your hormones level before recommending a solution.
Gradual & Consistent
If you get treatment prior to 4 weeks, you will not get faster or better results. If you want to save money and time while getting the best hair reduction results in the treatment areas, you should complete your treatment cycles before opting out and giving up. Lighter skin, darker skin, or suntanned and sun exposure damaged skin can be all treated after you discuss your options with your trusted provider to help you choose the right laser treatment.
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