If you’re exploring options to eliminate unwanted hair, you may be considering a handheld epilator and Laser Hair Removal (LHR) laser treatment. Each method offers unique benefits and drawbacks, so let’s get into a detailed comparison that will help you decide which suits you best.
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What are Handheld Epilators?
Handheld epilators are devices equipped with tweezers or discs designed to pluck hair from its roots. Functionally similar to waxing but without the need for sticky substances, these devices are versatile, usable on various body parts including legs, arms, underarms, bikini lines, and even the face. They’re a budget-friendly and convenient at-home solution.
However, their use isn’t without challenges. Epilators can be painful, particularly for sensitive areas or those with a low pain threshold. Incorrect usage can lead to ingrown hairs, skin irritation, redness, and potential infection. What’s more, their effectiveness is limited for those with light or fine hair, and they necessitate regular use as hair regrows within weeks.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
LHR or Laser Hair Removal, is a current laser hair removal technology that destroys hair follicles through targeted light pulses. Unlike traditional methods, LHR is faster, safer, and more comfortable, and is proven effective for various skin types and hair colours. This method is virtually painless and swift, thanks to its cooling system and ability to treat multiple hairs simultaneously.
However, LHR has its limitations. It’s more costly than handheld epilators and requires multiple sessions (usually 6 to 10) spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart for optimal results. It’s not a permanent solution, with some hair potentially regrowing over time. Post-treatment care, like avoiding sun exposure and refraining from waxing or shaving the treated area, is essential.
Who Can Benefit Most from Laser Hair Removal?
LHR is particularly beneficial for those seeking a long-lasting and comfortable hair removal method. It’s especially suitable for individuals with:
- Dark or coarse hair resistant to other removal methods.
- Light or fine hair that other lasers might not detect.
- Sensitive skin prone to irritation or ingrown hairs.
- Large or difficult-to-access areas.
- Busy lifestyles that can’t accommodate frequent hair removal sessions.
Aftercare Tips for Laser Hair Removal
To maximise the benefits of LHR treatments, we urge you to follow these aftercare guidelines:
- Apply a soothing gel or cream post-treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure and use a high-SPF sunscreen outdoors.
- Refrain from waxing, plucking, or shaving the treated area.
- Regularly moisturise to keep skin smooth and hydrated.
Comparison of Pain Levels
Pain and discomfort levels differ significantly between these methods. Laser hair removal is generally less painful due to its cooling system, while handheld epilators can be quite painful, especially in sensitive areas. Pain perception is subjective, and what works for one may not for another. Consider your personal needs, pain tolerance, and lifestyle when making your choice.
Why TAC for Laser Hair Removal in Singapore?
Dr. Anita Soosay of The Aesthetics Centre (TAC) Singapore has more than 15 years of experience in private practice as an Aesthetics Medicine practitioner in Singapore. She is a certified LASER physician since 2007 and with experience in operating a number of ablative and non-ablative lasers such as the CO2 laser, Q-switched Nd-YAG, long-pulsed Nd-YAG, Diode and Copper Bromide laser. She also uses Intense Pulsed Light, Radio frequency and Infrared technologies in her array of non-invasive medical aesthetics treatments.
Dr. Soosay has a special interest in laser hair removal for tanned skin patients as it is a skin type that is difficult to treat safely and effectively if not done with the correct type of laser or with the optimum settings.