Laser Hair Removal: Why It's Time To Ditch Your Razor

As we continue into spring, and with summer just around the corner, you may be thinking about all those cute dresses in the back of your closet. Which also means you will probably be investing more time and effort into hair removal. While there are many methods that get the job done like shaving and waxing, why not try a more permanent solution? 

Laser hair removal has been around for decades and has been a rising beauty trend in recent years. The process works by exposing hair follicles to laser pulses that then kill the follicle in order to slow down and prevent further hair growth. It typically consists of about six to eight sessions with at least four weeks in between each. However, the number of treatment sessions and the time intervals between each fluctuates depending on hair color. For instance, dark hair may need more treatments with less time in between each, while light hair needs less treatments spread out across a greater time period. 

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One of the many benefits to this method of hair removal is that it allows for treatment to essentially any body area. Medical spas typically offer the popular areas like face, bikini, legs, arms, and underarms. Nonetheless, some even offer treatment to areas such as the chest, back and neck. Smaller areas can typically be done faster and for less cost, whereas the larger areas may cost more and take up to an hour. 

Furthermore, laser hair removal is great in that it is a safe, effective and often a painless way to prevent further hair growth. Many describe the feeling as a brush of cold air or a snap of a rubber band. Even then, it is a much more tolerable option compared to waxing. However, numbing cream can be applied to those with low pain tolerance. It is also much safer than shaving, which increases risks to cuts and razor burns. 

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The greatest benefit is in the results. Many begin to see a significant difference in hair growth after just two sessions. By the end of treatment, hair -if any- is so light and thin that it is hardly noticeable. Since the laser works to kill the follicle, hair will not resurface for many months if not years, which at the point will just require the occasional one or two touch ups. 

All in all, laser hair removal is a great alternative to waxing and shaving. It has many benefits ranging from the wide variety of treatment areas to the low levels of pain. So, the next time you are indecisive about which new razor to try, instead, call your local medical spa to book a consultation!