Unwanted body hair is a constant struggle in life, but it doesn’t have to be thanks to modern dermatological technology. Learn how you can ditch the razor for good this holiday season.
Body hair is one of those leftover evolutionary things that we as humans just can’t quite shake. While body hair can protect our skin from abrasion and sun damage to a very small degree, it doesn’t really have much purpose otherwise. We have clothing now, as well as climate controlled homes, stores, offices, and cars. We don’t rely on hair to keep us warm or help wick away sweat with our modern conveniences. So is it necessary? Absolutely not. Do you need to get rid of all of it? Absolutely not. Cosmetic laser hair removal focuses mainly on the legs, underarms, bikini line, back, and face. Trust us; you’ve been shaving for years, so getting rid of it permanently isn’t going to change your life in a bad way. On the contrary, laser hair removal makes life easier.
If you’re serious about laser hair removal, it pays to know a little bit about how it works. Laser hair removal devices focus highly concentrated light beams at hair follicles. When the follicle absorbs this light and heat, it dies. There are many different types of laser hair removal devices, but they all work in a similar fashion to what was just described. Because laser removal is guided by advanced computer technologies, treatment is accurate and does not damage surrounding skin tissue.
Laser hair removal has some major upsides to other hair removal methods. For one, laser hair removal can produce permanent results, meaning hair won’t regrow. While this is true, don’t expect your treatment to be a one and done thing. Sometimes a person needs multiple sessions to effectively remove all of the undesired hair. This is especially true if your hair is thick or you are seeking to remove hair from multiple parts of your body. While the process is a bit different from waxing, the discomfort is relatively similar. Depending on which type of laser hair removal you get, you may have a cooling or numbing agent applied to your skin prior to treatment. If you opt for Gentlemax laser hair removal, your skin will be cooled before and after laser treatment. While laser hair removal was once reserved for people with fair skin and dark hair, things have changed in the last few years. The issue with laser hair removal on dark skin or light hair was a lack of contrast. Older laser technologies used that contrast to make sure that they were safely targeting hair follicles. As optical technologies have advanced, that concern is no longer in play. Gentlemax laser therapy can easily remove hair from fair or dark skin and any tone in between.
There are some side effects possible with laser hair removal, but you can usually go back to your daily routine right after a treatment session. The most common side effects are temporary redness, swelling, and changes in pigmentation. In some rare cases, scarring can occur. That’s why it’s important to review all of your options with a dermatologist and explore the risks of treatment relative to your skincare goals. While scarring is exceedingly common in a qualified dermatologist’s office, the risk does go up significantly when trying laser hair removal at a health spa or with at-home technologies. Avoid these solutions, because the risk of damage from an unqualified individual is far too high. Dermatologists aren’t worried about making a sale, they’re concerned about your health. If your skin isn’t right for laser hair removal, we’ll tell you. The same can’t necessarily be said for spas without medical accreditation.
Make this holiday season the one where you get rid of body hair for good. Reach out to the laser hair removal pros at Northeast Dermatology Associates and find out what treatment is right for you.
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