Unwanted body hair is undeniably an expensive nuisance. Traditional hair removal methods not only demand a large chunk of your time, but they also have a set cost that adds up. Whether you shave, wax, thread or use a depilatory cream, the ongoing hassle and time loss can be frustrating. If you are grooming away the same hair constantly and are ready to consider a more permanent solution, laser hair removal may be just the right choice for you. Before signing up for treatments, however, you should learn about everything this effective method has to offer.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
A laser is simply a focused beam of light. With laser hair removal, the laser is specially calibrated to recognize the hair shafts. The shafts are heated, disabling the hair follicles and rendering them unable to produce hair again. As a result, hair won’t grow from follicles that have been treated by the laser. The effect on the follicles is microscopic. You won’t be able to feel them or see them in the mirror.
Multiple Treatments for Best Results
As there needs to be a hair shaft in the follicle for it to be treated successfully, you will see the best results after multiple treatments. The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person, but patients typically notice permanent hair loss after around three treatments. This happens because all of our hair is not growing at the same time. At any given time, there will be inactive follicles that the laser won’t target. By having the area treated several times, you can be sure that all the follicles in the treatment area can be caught in an active cycle.
The Health Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
For some people, laser hair removal is less about aesthetics and more about better health. Those who suffer nicks and cuts from shaving or irritation from plucking and depilatories leave their skin open to infection and irritation. This can lead to the infection spreading, which can in turn lead to scars and pock-marks. Shaving also comes with the risk of ingrown hairs, which are irritating at best and painful at worst. With traditional hair removal methods, you’re taking that risk every time you remove the hair. For this reason alone, the health benefits of lasers are obvious.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
Most people are good candidates for laser hair removal. In the past, this method only worked on those with light skin and dark hair. Thanks to medical advances, however, lasers with a wider variety of wavelengths are now available to effectively remove hair from all skin pigments. Common treatment areas include the upper lip, chin, underarms, bikini area, forearms, lower legs and back.
Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to an ongoing problem faced by many. If you’re ready to get rid of unwanted hair once and for all, the professionals at SeaMist MedSpa can help. We proudly serve the South Kingstown area with professional cosmetic care. Call our office today to schedule your consultation!