Laser hair removal is a treatment that is becoming pretty standard in med spas and cosmetic surgery clinics. The question isn't so much whether or not it works, but how long it takes and why it’s a better choice than other hair removal options. Here’s some interesting info:
The Laser's Appeal
The appeal of using lasers for hair removal over other options starts with how long laser hair removal lasts. It provides permanent results in all those areas you find so annoying to shave, pluck, sugar or wax. This includes the face, legs, arms, underarms, back, chest and bikini area.
Today’s lasers also work on all different skin types and they are more comfortable than lasers of the past. You also never have to let those embarrassing hairs grow out a little bit before you can get rid of them, like with some of the other methods.
The way that laser hair removal works is by shooting a light into the hair at a specific wavelength, so the light is absorbed by the pigment within the hair follicle. This light at this wavelength is converted to heat energy and has the ability to destroy the follicle so it can no longer produce hair. It does this without damaging the skin surrounding the follicle, so hair growth is stopped but the skin is unharmed.
Depending on how much hair you have to remove, where it is and how dark it is, the time it takes for laser hair removal may vary. In most cases, 8 to 10 treatments are required to declare an area completely “hair free.” There is an interval of between 4 to 6 weeks between treatments depending on the length of the hair growth cyce of the area being treated. The treatments may last for as little as 10 minutes, or up to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the area. Naturally, the back or your legs will take a lot longer than your upper lip or underarms.
The only way to know for certain exactly how long it will take is to make an appointment and come in for a consultation. When you’re here, you will learn even more about the procedure and see before and after photos of the kind of results you’re after.
Body hair is one of those things that is hormonal or genetic and you really can’t control, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. The amount of time you dedicate to thinking about body hair and how to get rid of it, is about to be drastically reduced!