Grooming is tedious, monotonous, and time-consuming. Hair removal in particular is likely to be one of the least enjoyable aspects of your grooming routine. Shaving hair is often painful and can result in ingrown hairs, whereas hair removal creams can react badly with certain types of skin. Thankfully, there are other options.
The latest survey for laser hair removal suggests that nearly 633k women got the procedure done in 2014. That number has grown by double-digit percentages every year for the past decade. It’s fair to say this is a popular choice for millions of women.
If you’re considering laser hair removal too, here’s what you need to know about one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the country.
In terms of pain, you can expect the sensation of laser hair removal to be less painful than waxing but slightly more painful than shaving. It’s a procedure that identifies the hair follicles by spotting the melanin in the structure. This intensely focused laser burns the hair down to the root. After a few sessions, you can say goodbye to your waxing and shaving routine. But the procedure cannot be done at home. You need to visit a laser hair removal professional. To mitigate the pain, these trained professionals can expertly adjust the treatment parameters specific to your skin and hair types. With every successive treatment, the pain becomes less apparent.
Laser hair removal isn’t limited to any part of your body. If you’re wondering if you can get rid of your facial hair with laser treatment, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Laser hair removal works best on dark hair. Unfortunately, there is not enough pigment in grey or blonde hair for the laser to be effective. Consult with a laser hair removal professional if you are unsure if your hair is right for laser hair removal.
You need to stay out of the sun for an extended period before getting the treatment. You also need to avoid tanning beds and fake tanning products before going under the laser. To be effective, the area being treated needs to be freshly shaven before your appointment. Laser hair removal will not work if you wax, pluck or use chemical hair removal products prior to your treatment.
Everyone’s skin is different, so the exact time and effects of treatment are variable. Some skin types take much longer to treat, which means your session could take as long as an hour. Others need multiple treatments before the skin is silky smooth. In certain rare cases, the skin reacts badly to treatment and could experience pigment problems, discoloration, and scarring. The best laser hair removal professionals often conduct a small test patch first to ensure it’s safe to proceed.
Your skin is exposed and delicate right after the procedure, so aftercare is a necessity. Your laser hair removal professional may recommend avoiding hot showers, waxing, plucking, shaving, perfumes or even deodorant for a while after treatment to let your skin heal. You also need to lather up on sunscreen to protect your sensitive skin appropriately.
Laser hair removal is probably the most convenient option for women who want a permanent solution to unruly body hair issues. A few sessions could help you say goodbye to razors and painful waxing sessions forever. At Believe Aesthetics, our laser hair removal professionals understand your skin type and can recommend the best form of treatment to achieve your best results.