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As someone who’s tried laser hair removal, I can tell you from my own experience that it’s one of the most convenient ways to get rid of underarm and leg hair. You must go through several sessions in order to get the desired results and repeat the treatments every 6 to 12 months so you can manage any regrowth.
Laser hair removal is less painful and doesn’t take too much of your time. You don’t have to invest in multiple products or take time out of your day for hair removal.
But, as with anything, it’s important to do your research about laser hair removal. This way you can go into it with full confidence. To help you along, we’ve compiled a list of laser hair removal pros and cons. You should consider them as you start your journey towards smooth legs and arms.
Main Hair Removal Types
Ever since women started removing body hair, several ways have come forward to help make the process easier and more convenient. While most methods are effective at removing hair, they’re not very good at keeping it off. In fact, the first signs of re-growth often appear within 48 to 72 hours of using most methods. The itching that comes with that is unbearable as well.
Shaving could be one of the best ways to remove hair on the face, underarms, and legs. However, regrowth, in this case, happens very quickly because the hair is cut off at the surface and it will grow thicker. You also run the risk of cutting yourself.
Hot waxing is a painful removal method that most women use to keep their nether regions smooth, especially during bikini season. You can purchase a hot waxing kit and do it at home or go to a salon. Either way, you might experience side effects like moderate pain, hairs breaking off and even infection. In order for waxing to work, there has to be some regrowth because was requires at least ¼ inch of stubble.
The mere idea of plucking your hair out like you’re removing chicken feathers sounds painful in itself. Yet people continue to do it for a lack of a better alternative. Sure, tweezers are fine for your eyebrows because you’re only removing a few hairs, but it doesn’t make it any less painful. Furthermore, you should never use tweezers to get rid of hair in large areas as it could lead to scarring and ingrown hairs.
Threading is an ancient Indian hair removal method that is most commonly used to shape eyebrows and other small areas. It’s available at select beauty salons and it involves pulling the hair out by twisting a string according to a certain pattern. Threading removed all unwanted hairs at once, unlike tweezing which can’t always catch short, partly grown follicles.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a sustainable hair removal method that keeps the skin smooth for long periods of time without any ingrown hairs. But, it takes several treatments to get the desired results.
This method is most effective for dark hair and works by emitting a laser beam onto the hair bulb. It’s effective for different body parts, granted that a licensed and experienced professional does it.
Depilatory creams are just a fancy way of saying “hair removal creams.” Hair removal creams use chemicals to weaken hair follicle you can then wipe it away completely. Our advice is; if you’re going to put anything on your skin, it’s best to make sure it’s safe. One way to do this is to read the label to ensure it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and follow the instructions when applying it to avoid burning your skin.
People with a history of allergic reactions should take additional measures, like testing it on a small part of the skin first to make sure it works.
Electrolysis is available in two different methods; thermolysis and galvanic. Thermolysis electrolysis destroys hair follicles using heat, while the galvanic method destroys the hair chemically. Each method requires the use of a tiny needle that helps to remove hair follicles one by one which takes a lot of time and it can get very expensive. Needless to say, this method should only be done by an experienced professional and it’s best for small areas such as eyebrows, underarms and upper lip.
Laser Hair Removal Pros and Cons
Most people don’t know that laser hair removal has been around for well over 20 years. Nowadays, this method is widely available at beauty clinics and dermatology practices all around the world.
Here are some of the advantages of laser hair removal:
Great for Long-Term Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a great treatment that you can use to remove hair from all areas of your body for the long term. It doesn’t cause any damage to the dermis so you can take advantage of it even if you have sensitive skin. Even if it seems like an expensive treatment, many people consider laser hair removal to be an investment that pays off quickly. It’s the most cost-effective treatment.
A laser hair removal session is quick. You can be in and out in just a few minutes when removing lower lip hair, while leg and back hair can be removed in 30 minutes to an hour.
Laser hair removal is by far the most efficient out of all the other available methods out there. That’s because it only works to remove hair and doesn’t affect other parts of your skin.
You only need a few sessions to remove unwanted hair with the laser method. These sessions should be spaced out over several months and will free you from years of constant hair removal. You’ll have more time to live your life and the only thing you’ll have to worry about in the summer is what to pack for your vacation.
Cons of Laser Hair Removal
Redness and Irritation
Laser hair removal can damage the follicles of your hair. Many people suffer from redness and irritation in the affected areas after going through this treatment. Your skin may also tinge or feel tender. However, the irritation should go away after a few hours.
These side-effects are very rare, but they do happen sometimes with inexperienced practitioners. That’s why you should always get beauty treatments from a reputable establishment or practitioner.
Need to Go Through Multiple Sessions
You need at least 4 to 6 treatments before you can see results from laser hair removal. These treatments will be conducted with a month in between which makes it an even longer process.
Not Suitable for Everybody
Laser treatments are most effective on dark hair, especially if it’s complemented by light skin. The good news is that research is ongoing to develop lasers that work for dark skin/dark hair individuals, as well as light skin/light hair individuals.
How to Get Prepared for Laser Removal
Many people are afraid to try laser hair removal, but as someone who has done it, I can confidently say that it won’t be as painful as it sounds. My treatment was quite pleasant because I had the nicest practitioner to help me through the process. That’s why it’s so important to opt for a reputable service provider with the right credentials and equipment. Also, make sure to check their reviews online to ensure that you’re making the right choice.
Refrain from hair plucking, hot waxing and electrolysis or any other hair removal methods at least seven weeks before your laser hair removal treatment. Shaving is fine but the hair should not be bleached.
You should also avoid sunbathing and body tanning as these activities may negatively affect the effectiveness of the treatment. The skin should be as light as possible so it’s a good idea to undergo laser treatment during winter.
You’ll have to go through a pre-laser treatment before the main treatment, where the technician will adjust the device to match your skin color and texture. They’ll also map out the targeted area to maximize results.
Your skin might feel like it’s slightly burning after the treatment, but you can always overcome this with ice packs and a good quality moisturizer. You must lay off makeup for a few days after the treatment as well and use sunscreen before you go outside.
You should avoid hard work-out sessions for at least 48 hours after the treatment because by raising the temperature of your body, you also risk irritating the treated area.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
The discomfort you feel will depend on a number of factors, from your pain threshold to the area being treated, individual hair type and the laser used.
The best way to describe the sensation that comes with laser hair removal is that it feels like snapping a rubber band against your skin. The first session is usually the most painful, especially if you have thin hair.
Laser hair removal is a great way to reduce your grooming budget in the long run. It offers a long-term solution in a sea of temporary options like waxing and shaving. The best part is that a professional does laser hair removal, and this minimizes the risk of making mistakes while giving you precise results.
Just make sure you go to the best facility in your area. Do your research and find at least 3 or 4 options to choose from. Compare them using the criteria we provided you with and check online reviews for all options. Then, make your final decision knowing that you did your research and that you’re absolutely ready for the process.
So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today and see how it goes. You won’t regret it.
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