Laser Hair Removal 101
Do you have unwanted body hair? Generally, most of us are born with body hair and when puberty hits? Well… it all goes downhill from there. At least for some of us, some folks were lucky enough to be born with blonde hair that is translucent and isn’t a bother. But others were given the task to manage darker hair. There are several different ways to get rid of unwanted body hair like waxing, shaving, hair removal creams, etc. However, you have to keep doing these over and over again. It can be annoying and time consuming! Now, we aren’t saying that you have to do any of these things. If you want your body hair, keep it! That is 100% your choice and society should not pressure you into doing anything with your body. But we are here to offer a solution for those who want to remove their body hair! You’ve probably guessed by now that this post is regarding Laser Hair Removal. We want to make sure that our customers are well educated on this hair removal procedure. That way you can make the right decision for you. So, what’s the deal with laser hair removal? Read on to find out.
Why laser hair removal?
Besides the obvious, “I don’t want body hair,” why should someone go through a laser hair removal treatment? Laser hair removal will allow your lifestyle to change quite a bit. When you remove unwanted hair, there is less worry surrounding it. Whether it be about you feeling uncomfortable or worrying about shaving/waxing, etc. Laser hair removal can be used on most skin types, on all genders, and the treatments are quite quick (30 mins to an hour). And who doesn’t want to quit buying razors or getting those pesky ingrown hairs? We’re sure you have many other questions, so here are a few frequently asked questions and answers:
Where can I get laser hair removal done?
Anywhere where you get hair, laser hair removal can be done. Well, for the most part. Most clients ask if it is safe to use on the face, and the answer is yes! Many people get treatments on their upper lip, chin, eyebrows, or even their sideburns. Laser hair removal can be done on the legs, bikini area, back, arms, stomach, underarms you name it! However, if you’re a person who has tattoos, laser hair removal will damage them. So, if you plan on getting tattoos and laser hair removal, go through the hair removal procedure first, then proceed to get tattoos.
Is it safe?
Short answer? Yes. Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment. Because it is a non-invasive treatment it has a low risk of negative reactions. When performed by highly trained specialists the side effects from laser hair removal are fairly uncommon.
What is the number of treatments I’ll need?
Each body is different and that means each person’s hair is different too. To get at least 70 to 90% permanent hair removal, we generally recommend about eight to twelve sessions. Of course, like we said, each body is different so this number of sessions will be different for each person. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll be able to give you a better estimate.
How long does laser hair removal take?
This answer varies on which area(s) you are getting the treatment on. Each area of the body will take about 20 minutes or less to complete. However, your appointment time will vary depending on how many body areas we’re treating that day. So, if we’re treating two areas your appointment could last up to 40 minutes. There is no need to take a break in between sessions so you’ll be able to get right back to work or go on with your daily tasks after your treatment.
Will it hurt?
Each person has a different pain tolerance, and everyone will have a different experience. However, other treatments, such as waxing are described to be more painful than laser hair removal. Most of our clients describe laser hair removal to feel like small pinpricks. And although it is not extremely comfortable it isn’t so painful that you can’t stand it. Each time you come in to get a session the feeling will lessen, and you’ll be more comfortable. If you are a bit more sensitive, our technicians can apply a topical numbing cream to help ease the discomfort.
What do the side effects look like?
Although laser hair removal is safe and doesn’t generally cause extreme side effects there are some to look out for. Some side effects you may experience are redness, crusting of the skin, or slight changes in skin color on the area that was treated. These are all minor side effects that are temporary. Some may experience these, but others may not.
How long does the treatment last?
This hair removal treatment can be a permanent treatment. However, the permanence of it determines on whether or not the hair follicle is destroyed completely. If the follicle is 100% destroyed the treatment will last forever. But if the hair follicle has only been damaged rather the hair in the treated area will grow back eventually. When a person undergoes six to eight laser hair removal treatments, they may be able to enjoy minimal hair regrowth for about one year. If you see regrowth in the treated area between six months and a year a touch-up treatment can be made to help manage the regrowth.
Goodbye body hair
Body hair can be such a pain if you don’t want it. We’re sure we’ve all got a few ankle scars from shaving our legs as teenagers that we don’t want to re-open. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of those hair follicles for good. When you think of your new morning routine there is no shaving in sight! Think of the time you’ll save and the money from all those razors and shaving cream purchases. We hope that you’re now well-educated and can make a knowledgeable decision on whether laser hair removal is for you. Learn about lash lifts here. Call here for a free consultation.