Beauty trends have compelled us to remove body hair and see them as something unwanted. This is why we have tried all traditionally-used hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing, threading, plucking, sugaring, and depilatory lotions. But all these hair removal methods only provide temporary convenience and are not permanent hair reduction solutions. Laser Hair Removal is the most near-to permanent hair reduction solution that has taken the aesthetic world by storm with its efficacy and astonishing results.
Although we as mammals have hair on every part of our bodies. Some areas have denser and thicker hair, while others grow light hair. But this varies from individual to individual because of hormone levels and gender. Men have more hair than women. The changing beauty standards have made it mandatory for all to consider hair removal to look and feel attractive.
How Is Laser Hair Removal Different Than Other Traditional Methods?
Unlike traditional hair removal methods, Laser Hair Removal does not cut off hair strands or pull them out of the follicles. Instead, this procedure targets the core of hair growth, the follicle itself. The laser technology using light emits thermal energy. The melanin present in the hair strands absorbs the heat coming from this light and takes it towards the follicle. The follicles are exposed to unbearable heat energy that eradicates them, inhibiting their role in causing hair growth. This procedure is far more effective for hair removal and reduction, as it does not take out or cut off the hairs that can regrow sooner or later.
Shaving simply cuts off the hair strands on the outer skin surface. Waxing, plucking, and threading pluck out the hair at different depths. Hence, the regrowth occurs at different time intervals. But another drawback of these procedures is that they are painful, and it can be hard for most of us to remove hair from the entire body by bearing too much pain, only to see hair growth again after two weeks intervals and repeating the cycle.
Laser hair removal provides the utmost convenience to people by providing long-term relief from hair growth, and you may be surprised to know that this treatment is not painful. The word “laser” can scare off many people because we often associate it with pain. However, much to your surprise, laser hair removal is not severely painful, maybe less than waxing. Most people report mild discomfort that is entirely bearable and does not hurt too much.
Vital Instructions To Prepare For Laser Hair Removal
Your medical esthetician should provide a thorough preparation instruction manual before your appointment. Following these instructions improves the procedure’s effectiveness and reduces the risk of side effects. Here are some common recommendations:
- Stay out of the sun for a few days before the procedure as tan skin does not respond well to laser technology and may intervene with the procedure’s effectiveness.
- Avoid irritating the skin through cosmetic procedures or beauty products.
- Stay away from waxing and plucking, as this treatment is only successful if the hair strands are intact in the follicles.
- Try not to take anti-inflammatory drugs that may increase bleeding, such as aspirin.
- Avoid undergoing laser hair removal in the case of active skin infection such as a cold sore, etc.
- The ideal candidates have lighter skin and darker skin tones. However, people with darker skin tones are treated with a different type of laser to ensure treatment success.
Following are the treatable body parts that can experience hair removal and reduction with laser hair removal technology:
- Bikini area
- upper lip
Why Should You Consider Laser Hair Removal?
If you’re considering zapping off your body hair, you probably wonder about laser hair removal’s pros and cons. Well, we have already talked about traditional hair removal methods and their drawbacks. They are temporary, painful, and can cause various skin issues, i.e., rashes and irritation. Ingrown hairs are another struggle that comes with shaving and waxing. Razor rashes and strawberry legs are other unappealing skin problems that arise after these hair removal procedures.
And that brings us to laser hair removal, a popular semi-permanent option that damages hair follicles to minimize hair growth. You may ask if laser can destroy hair follicles, why is it not a completely permanent hair removal method. The answer is simple, almost 20% of our hairs are always in their growing phase and may not be actively growing. Thus, the treatment requires multiple sessions, depending on desired results and hair growth. Moreover, more hair follicles can appear on the skin later in life, so the main aim is to cause as much hair reduction as possible.
Still not sure if the procedure is right for you? We at Cutera Aesthetics are here to answer all of your questions and concerns about laser hair removal. Before you sign up for your first session (which will be one of many), enjoy the free consultation that we offer to our clients before undergoing any treatment.