Given the choice between shaving every day or paying for waxing services every three weeks, most people would choose neither. Fortunately, laser hair removal provides a more feasible option if you want to get smooth skin for summer. Here's what you need to know.
Laser hair removal is, as the name suggests, performed with a concentrated beam of light, or a laser. During a laser hair removal procedure, your doctor will use this laser to target unwanted hairs on your body. The light from the laser is absorbed by the pigment in each hair. That light energy is then converted to heat, which damages hair follicles and prevents further hair growth. While this treatment typically doesn't result in permanent hair removal, it's an excellent alternative to traditional hair removal practices like shaving or waxing. The results typically last for a longer period of time, as well.
There are a number of excellent reasons to invest in laser hair removal services. First is efficiency. It typically doesn't take very long to administer this treatment and there are no hairs left behind when you're done. In addition, laser hair removal is more sanitary than traditional hair removal treatments. When you shave at home in the shower, your razor could be home to countless bacteria in that wet, warm environment. And an open wax melter isn't much better. Laser hair removal is performed in a sterile, clinical environment that ensures your health and safety. And treatments can be performed on multiple areas. Some of the most commonly treated areas include legs, armpits, and bikini lines.
As with any cosmetic dermatology treatment, there may be a few side effects. Fortunately, laser hair removal has relatively minimal side effects. After your procedure, you may experience a little bit of skin irritation, which is normal. It may look a little bit like a skin rash on legs, but any irritation should fade away a few hours after your procedure. If you're suffering from one of many different types of rashes before your procedure, however, it might be best to reschedule. You may also notice slight pigment changes in the treatment area. This most commonly affects patients who don't avoid sun exposure before treatment.
To get the best possible results from your laser hair removal sessions, it's most important to listen to your doctor. If you want laser hair removal but you're treating the desired area for an eczema flare-up, it's probably better to wait. But if you're cleared to go, make sure you understand that you may need to invest in repeat treatments over the course of several weeks. Hairs might not fall out immediately, so make sure you have realistic expectations. Results can vary, which means communicating with your doctor about your results is key. If you're not happy, working with your doctor can help you reach a more appropriate treatment schedule or hair removal solution.
Laser hair removal is an effective method of getting rid of your unwanted body hair, especially if you don't want to shave every day this summer. If you want to know more about how laser hair removal can work for you, set up a consultation with a member of our team at SE Dermatology Specialists today.