Hair removal is a messy, time-consuming, and often frustrating part of your beauty routine. Laser hair removal is a quick, safe, and effective way of keeping unwanted body hair away, once and for all.
Laser hair removal is exactly as it sounds. But the science behind how laser hair removal works is a bit more complicated than aiming a laser pointer at your upper lip. Highly specialized and concentrated laser light devices are necessary for laser hair removal. This technology has come a long way, and within the last few years the procedure has become far more affordable. One benefit of lasers is their incredible accuracy. Your dermatologist won’t be manually aiming for your body hair, the computer in the machine itself targets it with precision. One thing to note with this form of targeting is that it works best on people with fair skin and dark hair. That’s not to say it won’t work on people with blonde hair or dark skin, but it is harder to remove all hairs without much contrast. Thankfully, even this limitation is quickly being remedied with technological advancements in the laser hair removal field. But you might be curious on what exactly a laser is doing to your hair and skin.
The laser intensely heats the hair follicle in the blink of an eye, vaporizing it instantly. While a razor can only remove hairs at the surface of the skin, lasers get to the very root of them. Again, owing to its precision, the skin around the hair is kept safe.
Preparing for laser hair removal is a breeze. Your dermatologist will cleanse the treatment area prior to laser hair removal. In many cases, a topical numbing agent is applied to the skin. This numbing gel takes between a half hour and a full hour to take effect, but greatly reduces discomfort in sensitive areas. Most people experience a stinging or slight burning sensation during laser hair removal, but pain is minimal. The worst part of laser hair removal for many is the smell of burning hair, which is admittedly difficult to prevent. Areas of treatment determine how long your session will go. Removing hair from the upper lip takes minutes, while a larger area like the legs or chest and back may take closer to or over an hour. Regardless, laser hair removal does not waste your time, the results are well worth it.
After your laser hair removal treatment, you might feel some discomfort, but you can immediately go back to your life. Skin treated will be red and swollen, though this does not last long. One of the many amazing things about laser hair removal is that results are immediately visible. After your first session, you’ll notice anywhere between 10% and 25% less hair in the treatment area. After 2-6 sessions, the treated area should be hair free. The results of this treatment depend on some unpredictable factors. For many people, the results of laser hair removal are permanent. For others, they may need maintenance treatments on occasion to help keep hair from growing back. Worst case scenario is that not all of your hair will stop growing back, but it’s not hard to keep up with. Best case: you never need to touch another razor or pluck again. There are possible side effects from laser hair removal, including: blistering, scarring or infections. Because of this, it’s imperative that you get your treatment from a dermatologist. These side effects are incredibly rare in the hands of a skilled professional who has cared for your skin in the past. While you can have hair removed at spas or by beauty salons, there is little to guarantee the person administering laser hair removal is qualified to do it.
In the 21st century, removing unwanted body hair shouldn’t be a daily chore. If you’re fed up with it, call Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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