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Waxing and shaving are the fastest ways to remove excess hair, but it’s tedious and time-consuming. A long-term alternative is laser hair removal, but it requires a considerable commitment in both time and money, so is it worth it? Read on and find out!
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What is Skin Laser Treatment?
Laser hair removal is an effective way to get rid of unwanted hair on the body, with long-term results. Using selective photothermolysis, photons destroy hair follicles while sparing surrounding tissues.
Simply put, the laser emits light, which is picked up by the pigment or melanin in the hair. The light is transported to the roots. As a result, light energy is turned into heat, which damages the hair follicles that produce hair. Hence, skin laser treatment inhibits future hair growth.
The hair should be at a specific growth stage for the treatment to be effective. However, since hair growth is at a different speed, the procedure is repeated every 4 to 6 weeks to capture all hair cycles. This means that the process is not a one-time treatment but a series of sessions before you can see the results.
Laser hair removal targets hair follicles to prevent new hair growth if performed by a licensed doctor or trained professional.
Skin Laser Treatment – Do you think it’s worth the money?
Both men and women are increasingly turning to skin laser treatment to remove body and facial hair. But don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against going au naturale. The decision to try laser hair removal is a matter of personal preference. If you really think about it, LHR is not just about removing unwanted hair. It’s also about simplifying personal beauty routines and making life easier and more convenient.
If you’re considering LHR, you must know that you have to commit to following through with the entire treatment process. That said, our clients are convinced that it’s worth the time, money, and effort, and here’s why:
1. You’ll get long-lasting results.
Though not a permanent fix for unwanted hair, laser hair removal provides long-term results. Most people experience the effects for several months, which might sometimes last for years. Even so, when hair regrows, it’s usually finer and lighter in colour. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most favourable options for slowing hair growth over an extended period. Once you complete the required sessions, you’ll be hair free for a long time, giving your skin a brighter and more radiant glow. You’ll feel more comfortable wearing what you want without worrying about body hair.
2. There are minimal side effects.
Laser treatments generally utilise only one wavelength, penetrating deeper, but the energy is focused straight to the target area instead of being absorbed by other chromophores. This means that it provides less damage to the surrounding tissues of hair follicles.
However, laser hair removal is not risk-free, and there are minimal side effects. The good thing is that there do not appear to be any long-term health risks tied to the procedure. Some people may experience minor side effects, including skin irritation and pigment changes. Nonetheless, you’re in good hands if you have the procedure done in a clinic with licensed, trained, and experienced doctors.
3. You’ll save money in the long run.
It is widely believed that laser hair removal is expensive. Let’s face it, laser hair removal is a splurge at first, but you’ll soon realise that you saved more than opting for weekly waxing, shaving, and threading sessions. Plus, when you work out the number of treatments, you’ll be surprised to learn it’s cheaper than all other options. For example, waxing is needed every three weeks to have smooth and hair-free skin, and you must do it for most of your adult life. However, you’ll be hair-free in 8 to 10 sessions of laser treatments and eliminate unwanted hair for months or even years.
4. You get rid of ingrown hairs.
Waxing and shaving often leave your skin with small bumps. These bumps can become infected and cause folliculitis. It happens when the hair follicles become infected and inflamed. Further, shaving causes ingrown hairs, which are extra-sharp tips more likely to curl back into the skin. They appear because the hair is not being completely removed after shaving or waxing. But with laser hair removal, you can say goodbye to ingrown hair and the skin irritation that may come with it.
5. It saves time.
Along with saving money, laser treatment is also time-saving. Think of the time you spend in the shower shaving your legs or other body parts, which will be done every week or so. Laser hair removal does, however, require several sessions. But once the sessions are completed, you will be hair-free for a long time. You’ll have more time and energy to focus on other things. Laser skin treatment requires commitment, but it is nowhere near the time you spend shaving every day.
6. It’s not that painful.
Have you ever had a razor burn? It’s when you shave your body hair, and it causes redness, irritation, cuts, and bruises. Other hair removal techniques are also painful, including waxing.
Generally, with a laser hair removal session, there’s a bit of discomfort as you’ll feel a sharp pinprick with a heat sensation. However, the sensation fades away after the laser has been fired. Though there’s a degree of discomfort, it’s tolerable.
7. Treatments don’t take long.
There will be a couple of sessions necessary to complete laser hair removal, but it won’t take much time. You can even fit a single session into your lunch break. The time required will also depend on the size of the targeted area. If the site is small, it will probably take 10 to 15 minutes. Plus, there’s no downtime, so you can immediately resume your daily activities.
8. It Can Remove Hair From Any Part of the Body.
Do you hate that pesky hair on your legs, armpits, and other body areas? Laser hair treatment can remove all the hair from any body part. Waxing and shaving are usually not recommended in delicate skin areas. In contrast, skin laser treatment is less painful and safer because it can be performed on most parts of the body without causing damage to the skin.
It is an investment.
Skin laser treatment costs generally depend on the size and location of the target area. The wider the site, the more expensive it is. But is it worth it? Our clients say it’s a resounding yes, considering the many benefits of laser hair removal. Besides saving time and energy, it can also reduce skin irritation caused by razors and hot waxes.
At The Aesthetics Centre, we offer laser hair removal for longer-lasting effects. Call us at +65 6820 3308 or +65 6820 3309 to book an appointment with Dr Anita Soosay. And to be camera-ready this holiday season!