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How to Remove Unwanted Hair For Good With Laser Hair Removal

How to Remove Unwanted Hair For Good With Laser Hair Removal

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Are you tired of shaving and waxing pesky body hair? How much time have you wasted in the shower shaving your legs and underarms? How many rogue facial hairs have you plucked?

Shaving, waxing, threading and sugaring are some of the rather painful and time-consuming ways we try to maintain a smooth, sleek body. Because none of them are permanent, women tend to get stuck in an endless loop of spending time, money and frustration on getting rid of unwanted hair. 

It might be time to consider laser hair removal as an alternative option. This quick and effective solution is perfect for anyone ready to ditch their razors.

Not sure if it’s right for you? Read on to learn everything that you need to know about laser hair removal.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is just what it sounds like; professionals use a gentle laser on your skin to remove hair.

It’s a great alternative to other hair removal methods like irritating creams and shaving. It’s been growing in popularity as more and more people discover how long-lasting it is.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

The process of laser hair removal is straightforward and virtually painless.

So, how does this “magic” procedure work?

During a session, a beam of light (in this case, a laser) removes unwanted hair by targeting the melanin in your hair. Melanin is the natural pigment that impacts the colours of your skin and hair.

When the melanin absorbs the light, it turns into heat. That heat damages the hair follicles to slow or prevent future hair growth.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

The best modern laser hair removal has a wider range of candidates than it did in the past. That said, some people are still better candidates than others.

Laser hair removal is more effective for people with a high level of contrast between their skin and hair. This means that it’s best for people with paler skin and darker hair. It works well on people with coarse hair.

People with lower levels of contrast won’t benefit as much from laser hair removal. For example, people who are pale with light blonde hair may not want to choose this procedure.

If you’re unsure as to whether or not you’re a good candidate, talk to a professional.

The Benefits Over Other Hair Removal Methods

So why would you choose laser hair removal over other cheaper and more accessible options? While it’s true that the laser hair removal cost is higher than the cost of a pack of razors, a waxing session, or a depilatory cream, there are plenty of reasons that it’s a better choice.

First, laser hair removal is long-lasting. While it isn’t always permanent, it does result in hair that grows back less visibly.

It’s also less painful. While there may be some discomfort associated with laser hair removal, it’s nothing in comparison to the burning from creams, a waxing session, or razor burns (or worse, cuts).

What To Expect From A Session

The average laser hair removal session is simple and quick.

The professional will press a laser handpiece against your skin. They may use a cooling method to protect the surface of your skin.

When they turn on the device, the laser will go through your skin to reach your hair follicles. The light will heat the follicles and damage them. This shouldn’t be painful, but you may feel some discomfort.

Depending on the part of the body that you’re treating, the procedure can last anywhere between several minutes to over an hour.

Prep and Aftercare Information

Many people aren’t aware that you have to prepare for laser hair removal ahead of time.

First, you’ll have a consultation. During this consultation, you’ll discuss your medical history and whether or not you’re a good candidate. You may also take “before” photos.

Make sure that you shave before laser hair removal. It was a common belief in the past that you should leave your hair long, but this is no longer true. Don’t use other hair removal methods.

Avoid sun exposure. If you must be in the sun, make sure that you use a physical sunscreen. You don’t want any chance of sunburn before your laser hair removal session.

As for aftercare, you may experience some swelling and redness after the procedure. Avoid using any creams on the area aside from standard cortisol cream or aloe vera gel. Instead, you can use an ice pack or a cold compress.

Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds while your skin is healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

So what should you know before you go in for your hair removal session? Many newcomers have the same questions. Here’s a quick FAQ to guide you.

If you have any other questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to our team.

Does it Hurt?

Laser hair removal shouldn’t hurt. Again, it may be uncomfortable during the procedure, but most people report warmth and the feeling of pinpricks or a snap of a rubber band rather than pain.

If you find that you feel pain during the session, you can ask to take a break.

You may feel mild soreness after the procedure, but it won’t last long, and a cold compress will help.

How Many Sessions Do I Need?

You may start seeing results after the first session, but most people need several sessions. Hair grows in cycles, so not all hair follicles will be affected in the same way. Because of this, several sessions may be necessary to reach every follicle.

It’s safe to go for touch-up treatments.

Is it Safe For the Face?

Laser hair removal is safe for the face. The skin on your face is slightly more sensitive, but the overall effect is the same. Getting rid of chin hairs, moustaches, or any rogue hair where you don’t want it is fine.

You may still experience redness and swelling. Keep this in mind and consider getting hair removal when you don’t have to go out for several days.

Is it Permanent?

Laser hair removal is often permanent. That said, hormone fluctuations can cause hair to return in the future. In this case, there’s nothing wrong with going back to the spa and getting a touch-up.

Even if hair grows back, it’s often thinner and lighter than it was before.

Can it be Used on Dark Skin?

As we mentioned before, laser hair removal is best when there’s a high contrast between the hair and the skin.

Modern laser devices are more effective and may be a safe option for people with dark skin. Talk to the clinician about your options.

Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

Laser hair removal is a quick and effective solution for anyone looking to get rid of unwanted body or facial hair. It’s more effective than waxing, shaving, or uncomfortable creams.

Are you ready to look into laser hair removal for yourself? We want to meet you! Contact us to set up a consultation appointment today so you can get the smooth and hairless skin you’ve always wanted.