It seems as if the winter will drag on forever, but warmer weather is right around the corner—time for beaches, bikinis and bare skin. But with bare skin comes unwanted hair. If you’re tired of shaving, waxing, plucking and tweezing, consider laser hair removal, a safe and effective way to reduce and virtually eliminate unsightly hair.
Lasers designed for hair removal can be used on most parts of the body, including the face—especially the upper lip and chin—the back, the bikini area, chest, neck, shoulders and legs. The results begin to show immediately and you can usually get back to your normal activities right afterward.
Laser hair removal saves you money. Permanent hair removal makes economic sense, when you consider how expensive razors are and how much time you spend shaving. If you buy nice disposable razors like Venus, for example, you will probably end up spending about $5,200+ on razor handles and blades from the time you start shaving until you are 50. And that estimate doesn’t take into account the cost of shaving creams, razor bump treatment creams, band-aids for the occasional nick, and the most important thing — your time.
Why start laser hair removal in the winter? Starting laser hair removal treatments now can ensure that you’re finished by the time you want to be in the sun. During laser hair removal treatments, you need avoid sun exposure to the treated areas. Although you will see significant results with the first treatment, you will need multiple treatments, spaced out between 4-6 weeks each. That’s why you should plan to start the laser hair removal process well before summer starts.
How to prep for laser hair removal. Limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the roots of each hair, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. And avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective.
How laser hair removal works. A laser produces a large beam of concentrated light, which is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, heating up the hair and damaging the hair shaft and bulb, impeding its ability to regrow. Some lasers, such as Aesthetica’s top-of-the-line LightSheer DUET, have a large spot size, which means it treats numerous hair follicles at once. Treatment with the LightSheer DUET is also faster and much more comfortable than traditional laser hair removal devices.
What you can expect during laser hair removal. Patients describe the laser pulses as a feeling of warm pinpricks or a rubber band being gently snapped against the skin. The length of treatment depends on the size of the area. The upper lip can take minutes while the entire back can take more than an hour. You can expect a 40 to 50 percent reduction in hair after the first treatment, and you will see the initial results immediately.
Laser hair removal results. The appearance after treatment will vary from person to person, depending on the extent of the procedure and your skin type. Side effects are typically minor and may include redness and swelling around the hair follicle. This is a positive clinical result, indicating the hair follicle has responded to the treatment. Most people can return to work and resume their daily activities after a treatment.
Why you need multiple laser hair removal treatments. Hair grows in cycles, so you actually never get to see all your hair at any given time. Therefore, it takes multiple sessions to get 80 to 90 percent of the hair in a particular area. Another thing to keep in mind is that your body will produce new hair. Most people will need five to seven treatments with recommended intervals between each treatment. That way, the hair can be removed during its growth cycle.
Candidates for laser hair removal. The best candidates have light skin and dark hair. That’s because the laser needs to “see” the hair, which absorbs the laser light, rather than the skin. People with white or blonde hair are not good candidates for this procedure.
Why you should go to a laser hair removal professional. Before having laser hair removal, always consult with an experienced, credentialed practitioner, who has the training, expertise and skill to operate the laser. If used inappropriately, these lasers can cause burns, skin discoloration and scars.
Be wary of “great deals” on laser hair removal. Gimmick prices that offer first laser hair removal treatments at ridiculously low prices (like those seen on coupon sites) are not the fantastic deals they seem to be. Often, the first treatment’s cheap price is more than made up by the exorbitant rates of the subsequent treatments. You may end up paying more over the course of the treatments than you would elsewhere. Look for pricing that is consistent and find out the price for the entire course of treatments. Aesthetica recently lowered their overall rates and are now offering package prices that include 6 or 7 treatments.
Schedule your appointment today. Get ready for warmer weather by making an appointment at Aesthetica, (703) 729-5553.