Everything you need to know about laser hair removal
Bikini season is right around the corner, which means it's time to create a smooth and hairless body for yourself. Now, if you, like most women, are dreading the thought of constantly waxing and shaving, then maybe you should begin to consider an alternative. Here's a look at laser hair removal and how it may be the perfect option for you.
Is laser hair removal for you?
Laser hair removal has been a savior for many, but others may be hesitant as to whether or not it will work for them. It is true that laser hair removal may not work as well for some as it may for others. There are many factors that determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure, such as your ethnicity, hair color or hair texture.
Carrie Gessler, nurse practitioner and laser specialist at LaserAway, explains that certain factors can determine whether or not it is a complete success. "The laser attracts to melanin, and so technically, the laser is blind to gray and very light blonde hair," says Gessler. This means the best candidate would be someone with light skin and dark hair. Although, Gessler states that there's still hope for those who may not have the ideal skin and hair type. Gessler explains that there are products to dye gray and blonde hair to help reduction, so if you are truly interested in laser hair removal, that shouldn't discourage you.
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal may vary as far as the type of machine used, but for the most part, every laser hair removal machine has the same objective. The laser is used to pass through the skin, attaches to a hair follicle, and then damages the follicle hindering the future growth of the hair. Gessler mentions that six to eight treatments per area are standard for the average patient in order to achieve the best results. Each treatment reduces the hair by about 10-15 percent.
Patients should keep up with their treatments consistently for the best results. Gessler notes that patients should return for their next treatment after four weeks for their face, and six weeks for their body. "The hair growth cycle is anywhere from four to 12 weeks depending on the area of the body, but different hair areas are in various phases of the growth cycle, so the patient will see some regrowth between treatments," explains Gessler. After every treatment, the regrowth of the hair continues to reduce, so be patient — you'll be hairless in no time.
Will it hurt?
Most people fear the thought of putting a laser to their skin, but if done right, the procedure can be safe and effective. There may be some level of discomfort, but the procedure is different for everyone. "In the right hands, the laser is very safe, and the patient should feel very comfortable during the process of their laser hair removal," stresses Gessler. Ask your specialists if they use a dual wavelength system, which produces cold air that numbs the skin and provides comfort for the patient. So even though it may be a little frightening, the procedure can be extremely successful if you visit the right place for the treatment.
What about waxing?
For all you avid waxers out there, waxing may not be pulled from the game just yet. The Brazilian wax is still becoming increasingly popular for women. Noemi Grupenmager, Founder & CEO of Uni K Wax Centers, says that a Brazilian wax seems to be more convenient and gives women an extra boost of confidence. Convenience and confidence — what more could a woman want?
Now, if you cringe with fear at the thought of waxing just as much as the thought of laser hair removal, don't begin doubting just yet. There are different wax options that could help overcome that fear. Aside from the traditional hard wax, an alternative is elastic wax, which is used at Uni K Wax Centers. This type of wax is made of all natural ingredients and is ideal for sensitive skin. Grupenmager explains that elastic wax is less painful than hard wax due to its ability to stretch when removing the hair. So maybe it's time to retire the shaver and give waxing a try. Seems harmless, right?