When it comes to personal grooming, removing unwanted body hair can be one of the most painful and expensive steps in your routine. Waxing, shaving, sugaring, threading and plucking can all lead to small wounds that can become infected and scar, not to mention the ongoing costs to both your time and budget. If you’re ready to consider a more permanent solution, laser hair removal may be right for you.
Laser Treatments for Removal or Thinning of Hair
Laser hair removal is not an all-or-nothing treatment. You may decide exactly how much hair you want to have removed. People of both genders may decide to have forearm hair thinned instead of removed completely.
The same can be done for pubic hair, should you not want a completely hairless look. This versatility trumps just about all other forms of hair removal on the market and makes it the most attractive option for those who just want less hair overall.
How Does It Work?
Laser hair removal involves high-frequency light to target the hair shaft and root. It is heated, which damages the hair follicles and scars them. The scars are microscopic and not visible to you or your partners. Large patches can be treated, or you can opt for a more focused area.
The focused laser treatment is great for cleaning up your hairline on the back of your neck or edges of your eyebrows while the wider setting is great for arms, legs, chest and back hair.
Is It Painful?
The sensations of laser treatment are often compared to having the skin snapped repeatedly with a rubber band, and some patients report just a strong tingling sensation. For the vast majority of patients, there is mild discomfort at worst. If you experience discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers can help, as can an ice pack post-treatment.
Do I Qualify for Laser Hair Removal?
Those with vitiligo, psoriasis or an active outbreak of herpes or acne may not be able to receive laser hair removal. Some skin conditions can be irritated by treatments, especially if the skin is already compromised. In cases of acne or herpes, your doctor may approve you for treatments once the active breakout period has ended.
Laser hair removal is an excellent option for permanent results without the ongoing expense and time commitments of traditional methods. If you’re interested in exploring this option, contact Mac Med Spa today to schedule a consultation.