Laser Hair Removal Versus Other Hair Removal Techniques
There are a lot of ways to get rid of unwanted hair. The ones that can be done at home include plucking, shaving, and waxing. There are even at home IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) devices that you can use to try to say good-bye to those annoying body hairs you may have in unwanted and embarrassing places. But sometimes at-home treatments are just not enough.
Luckily, there are also plenty of clinical treatments that can help you remove those hairs quickly. One option is electrolysis, but that can be quite painful. A more convenient and comfortable option is to have laser hair removal done. In fact, a laser treatment for unwanted body hair should only take around an hour and is likely to have few side effects, if any.
Why Laser Hair Removal May be Helpful
Treating the skin with clinical hair removal equipment might sound like overkill to some people. Why not just stick to shaving or waxing at home?
Well, first of all, at-home treatments for unwanted hair often don’t get every single hair. It can be very easy to miss a hair or two, especially when shaving. Second, techniques like shaving only get rid of the surface hair. What lies beneath is just waiting to poke back up through the surface. That’s why you might see new hair growth only a day or two after shaving at home.
A laser treatment, on the other hand, targets every single hair. It also attacks each hair all the way down to the roots. That way there is nothing lurking just below the surface of your skin. It can take weeks for the hair to poke back through. So, in that sense, clinical hair removal treatments save a lot of time, even though they can eat up an hour or two of your day.
The Long-Term Impact of Laser Hair Removal Procedures
Laser hair removal is generally done multiple times. Your chosen clinic will probably schedule you for 5 to 7 treatments spread over weeks or months. Once you have a complete series of treatments, you should see some hair permanently disappear. The hair that does grow back should be less noticeable.
Prepare Your Skin for the Laser Procedure
It is possible for your treatments to be problematic, unless you prepare for the procedure properly. First of all, you need to stay out of the sun for a while before the procedure. Your chosen clinic will tell you how long and suggest ways to protect your skin from sun exposure during that time.
On the day of your appointment, you also need to be sure that you are going in with untreated, “clean” skin. In other words, you can’t be wearing makeup, lotion, perfume, or any other products. The heat from the lasers can easily cause burns when it interacts with any liquids or lotions.
Be Sure to Check Out Your Laser Skincare Clinics Thoroughly
One final note is that you can’t trust a skincare clinic just because they say they are professionals or seem to have a lot of clients. You should carefully check out every clinic in your local area before you choose one. Look for one that has references and certifications. Also, make sure that the clinicians are willing to talk to you in detail about your treatment options. Once you find knowledgeable clinicians in a professional, well-maintained environment, you can start scheduling laser hair removal appointments.