If the thought of slipping into a swimsuit without having to worry whether you shaved or have razor burn or bumps sounds good then laser hair removal might be right for you.
The Shaving Dilemma
According to a British survey, women spend 1,728 hours, or 72 days shaving their legs over the course of a lifetime. Even more interestingly, shaving is ranked as women’s most hated beauty ritual, with 35 percent of women polled saying they loathed shaving their legs more than anything else in their beauty routine (such as doing their hair, tweezing their brows, etc.). But what exactly is the root cause of all this loathing and why the big aversion to a task that will ultimately give you smooth, silky legs (albeit for a day or two if you’re lucky)? With all that time spent running (often blunt) blades across prickly legs perhaps women hate shaving so much because it feels like time wasted or that the “chore” of shaving is just not worth the energy with such rapid regrowth. So, what is the easiest way to re-capture that wasted time and not have to worry about nasty nicks and bleeds on your legs again? We have the answer! Let us introduce you to your new best friend… laser hair removal!
Laser Hair Removal – How Does It Work And Is It Safe?
Hair removal lasers use energy to destroy hair follicles without harming the skin around them. After a series of sessions, you’ll experience permanent hair reduction. Since the hairs on your body cycle through different phases, and laser hair removal can only treat those that are in the active phase, you will need 6-10 sessions to treat most of the hairs (periodic maintenance treatments may be needed as well).
Where Else On The Body Can It Be Used?
In addition to legs, other common treatment locations include armpits, back, chest, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. Men with razor bumps often treat their necks as well, and it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area.
Who Is Best Suited To Use Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair, because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. Laser hair removal isn’t generally effective for white or grey hair.
How To Prepare For Your Treatments
The procedure is very simple and there isn’t much that you need to do to prepare. The only thing to remember is before the procedure avoid plucking, waxing and electrolysis because the hair needs to be present to attract the laser. Shaving is recommended because it preserves the base of the hair, so the laser has an appropriate target.
Is It Painful?
Most patients describe the hair laser as a snap of a rubber band or hot pinch that goes away quickly. A lot of the new lasers are much less painful due to improved technology and better cooling of the skin.
If you have any further questions on laser hair removal, feel free to contact Siperstein Dermatology Group for a complimentary consultation in their Boca Raton office (561) 955-8885 or the Boynton Beach office (561) 364-7774.