We use all sorts of products to remove unwanted hair. We buy expensive razors that claim to shave closer, waxes that claim to be pain free, and lotions that promise to ease the irritation of razor burn and bumps.
If fact, it has been estimated that 32 percent of people spend almost a day a year on hair removal. To many women, hair removal is the most time-consuming part of their beauty routine. It’s time to think about laser hair removal.
What does it do?
Laser hair removal, a procedure for the long-term removal of unwanted and excess hair, has been in use since 1995. Since then, the procedure has developed to become steadily easier and more effective. Laser hair removal works by using an extremely focused light to penetrate the skin and reach to the hair follicle. The laser light passes into the hair follicle, destroys it and prevents it from growing any more hair. No more shaving, waxing, or creams.
How does it feel?
Laser hair removal is practically painless, but you may feel some slight discomfort. Tingling, or a sensation like being snapped by a rubber band, is commonly felt during the procedure. The discomfort is slight, though it fades quickly. The long term results of laser hair removal, such as your new silky, smooth, hair-free skin, definitely make up for the temporary irritation caused by the procedure.
Will it work on me?
Laser hair removal has proven to be most effective on coarse, dark hair. Hair with a great deal of pigmentation is more susceptible to the laser, and the effects are more pronounced. Grey or light hair does not respond as well to laser treatments. Check with a provider to see if laser therapy will work for you.
How do I choose?
There are some risks involved in using laser hair removal, so if you decide laser treatments are for you, be careful and do your research. Shop around and ask to find the laser hair clinic that seems to be the best and most reputable. Ensure that you consult with a technician to determine the effectiveness and longevity of the treatments, as well as potential side effects.