Shaving is a time-consuming process for both men and women, not to mention painful at times. The more traditional methods of hair-removal, such as using a razor, tweezers, or wax each bring their own problems. Shaving with a razor can be painful and cause bleeding if the skin is not adequately lubricated and ingrown hairs are also a problem. Using tweezers to remove unwanted hair can cause intense pain, especially if used to pluck stray hairs from the nose- ouch! Waxing achieves longer-lasting results than shaving as the hair is pulled out at the roots. However, it is not a permanent method of hair removal and can be very painful or uncomfortable when the wax is ripped from the skin. There may also be a problem with ingrown hairs and minor bleeding.
Electrolysis is one method of permanent hair removal, but this presents its own problems. It can be painful and time-consuming and it is difficult to remove large amounts of hair through electrolysis. Also, if done incorrectly, re-growth of hair can occur and skin damage and infection are real risks.
The other method is laser hair removal, and this treatment is suitable for anyone who wants unwanted hair removed from their face; back; legs; bikini-line and underarms. Laser hair removal is a better alternative than electrolysis or the other time-consuming, often painful, methods - it allows the treatment of both large and small areas on the body, results are excellent and any discomfort is kept to a minimum.
What is involved with laser hair removal? The area to be worked on is cleaned and shaved, and sometimes an anaesthetic cream is applied. A laser is used on the area which produces a highly concentrated beam of light, and this is absorbed by the pigment colour in the hair, where it is converted to heat. The heat travels down the hair shaft to the root, and the hair root is destroyed so that it cannot grow further.
How many sessions will I need? The number of treatments needed depends on several factors, including skin and hair type. Generally, white skin requires 6-8 treatments for permanent hair removal and darker skin around 8-10 treatments. Hair has intermittent growth phases and laser hair removal is only effective when the hair is in the active growth phase and several sessions are needed for this reason too.
How long does it take? This depends on the size of the area to be treated. Treatment times can be as little as 15 minutes for an upper lip or bikini line, or 45 minutes for the back or legs.
Is the procedure painful? No, it can be uncomfortable, but not usually painful, and any redness or swelling should disappear within a short time.
Is the procedure safe? Providing laser hair removal is carried out by a professional, it is extremely safe. The procedure is non-invasive and the laser settings correspond with your skin type and hair colour, in order to minimise any skin irritation. Rare complications include darkening or lightening or burning/blistering of the treated skin.
How much does it cost? This depends on the size of the area being treated and the time it takes. If you are interested in undergoing laser hair removal, make sure you shop around in order to get the best deal.
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