The Easy Life
While shaving might be relatively quick, the chances of nicks, cuts and unsightly bumps are pretty high for most of us, especially on a busy morning. Waxing might last longer, but who wants to pay for pain? Not us. If you’re sick of shaving, waxing, plucking and any other form of hair removal, it might be time to consider something much less time-consuming and lot more effective – laser hair removal.
According to the American Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, laser hair removal was the third most popular non-surgical procedures in 2011 and we’re not surprised. It’s a non-invasive, convenient way to permanently reduce unwanted hair anywhere on your body.
There are many benefits of saying sayonara to your razor and walking away from the wax.
- It’s long lasting. The hair stays away for a long, long time. With once yearly maintenance the hair can stay away for years.
- Skin looks smooth and silky (no bumps, irritation or cuts).
- It’s non-invasive, gentle and eliminates undesirable hair from all parts of the body.
- Because it removes more than one hair at a time, you can treat large areas easily and quickly.
- There’s minimal discomfort (unlike waxing).
- It’s an effective replacement for all other forms of hair removal (bye-bye waxing, electrolysis and razors).
- No downtime. You can immediately return to normal activities.
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What to Expect
Most people benefit from a series of three to seven treatments, spaced four to eight weeks apart. “After the initial series of treatments, the hair in a given area is usually reduced in both amount and thickness for a very long period of time,” says Dr. Eric Bernstein, director of the Main Line Center for Laser Surgery. To keep an area completely hair-free, some maintenance treatments are usually required, but eventually you’ll only be back once a year (or even less). How frequently you’ll need to return for maintenance depends on the area of your body being treated as well as on certain characteristics of your hair (thickness, color).
The Lowdown on Lasers
A laser might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but in reality, it’s a device that produces light of a single color or wavelength. Lasers used in dermatology emit pulses of high-energy light that are absorbed by the desired target (from dark spots to blemishes to hair follicles).
Laser hair removal uses that laser energy to produce long-term hair reduction (hello, smooth legs). The heat from the light of the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and the heat triggers inflammation in the hair follicle. This inflammation causes the follicle to go into its resting phase (“telogen phase”) and while resting, the follicle produces no hair. Three different types of lasers have been developed for hair removal and which type your physician recommends for you will depend on both the thickness of your hair and the color of your skin.
Imagine a life where you don’t have to shave or schedule pricey (and painful) waxing appointments. Sounds good, doesn’t it? If you really want smooth, silky skin (and let’s face it; who doesn’t), we suggest trading razors for lasers. They’re painless, effective and perfect for long-term hair removal.