Hair is a great thing but let’s face it, there are parts of the face and body that people would rather keep hair-free. Since early history, people have been finding reasons to remove hair—from aesthetics to hygiene and everything in between—usually on the arms and legs, or face and underarms. According to archaeologists’ findings, there are cave drawings of people using seashells as tweezers and sharpened rocks as razors.
The methods of getting rid of unwanted hair have evolved vastly over the years. However, many are still struggling with managing excessive hair growth. While the go-to techniques are still plucking, shaving, or waxing, the inconveniences outweigh the benefits. Laser hair removal (LHR) is an option that bridges the gap. LHR is a non-surgical, no-downtime professional procedure that uses medical-grade lasers to remove facial or body hair.
There are always pros and cons to every method. Results may vary depending on skin type or the unwanted hair’s condition. However, a laser hair removal procedure is among the most vouched-for as it has more lasting and relatively easier-to-achieve results. Read on to learn what hair removal method works best for your personality and lifestyle. Whether it’s a temporary fix or a more permanent treatment, the choice is entirely up to you.
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The Quick Fix
People in the Ice Age shaved their hair so that their skin won’t absorb too much water, which could lead to frostbite. On the other hand, early Egyptians did it for hygiene purposes, and mostly because it was just too hot back then.
Moving on to the Renaissance Period, it’s clear from the nude paintings and sculptures of Greek goddesses that being hairless was the norm, at least for women. Shaving the underarms and legs became popular in the 1900s as shorter sleeves, and higher hemlines became fashionable.
Tweezing and shaving are inexpensive and can be done at home at your leisure, but they can lead to ingrown hairs and skin irritation. The constant friction and abrasion could also make the skin feel rough and look discoloured.
As for the after-effect, anyone who has nicked themselves with a razor or endured the burning sensation of plucking can tell you that it’s not pleasant. Nearly the same experience can be expected when waxing (or at least a wince as you rip off the wax strip).
The Topical Solution
It was around the 1920s when the first razor for women was invented, and it didn’t take long for an alternative to come along. The first chemical depilatory creams, mousses, and gels were marketed as a “faster and easier way” to be rid of body hair.
The “fast” and “easy” parts are true—apply the cream, mousse, or gel; wait a few minutes; then wipe off the hair. Products such as these have ingredients that induce hair loss while reducing the tensile strength of the keratin.
How safe and effective the products are–that depends on the product and your skin’s reaction to it. For those with sensitive skin, especially, the use of chemical-based products is not always advisable. While it does remove hair, sometimes it takes more than one attempt to get all the hair off.
Granted, this approach to hair removal is less expensive than laser treatments, but consider the money spent over time. First, the more efficacious products tend to be costlier. Second, you have to do it repeatedly to keep off unwanted hair.
The Laser Option
The use of lasers for hair removal gained popularity in the late 1990s when the US FDA signed it off as “good to go” for consumers. Let’s get this straight: laser hair removal doesn’t remove hair permanently; instead, it works by drastically decreasing hair volume and growth.
By this process, laser light pinpoints are beamed at the targeted area, weakening the follicles and inhibiting regrowth. Hair does tend to grow back but in shorter lengths and within a longer time.
There are different kinds of laser hair removal devices, each specifically designed for unwanted underarm or facial hair and larger areas like the back, chest, and shoulders. But there are also laser devices that can be used on the whole body.
The Aesthetics Centre Singapore for Laser Hair Removal
Your choice of hair removal method should ultimately come down to what works for YOU. Some may be satisfied with just thinning out the hair, while others would go for the maximum 95% hair reduction, albeit more sessions are required.
At The Aesthetics Centre, we offer hair removal services using the GentleMax Pro™ by Candela™, which has been used widely in the industry for 20 years. It is a dual-platform laser that delivers a 755nm Alexandrite laser and a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser. It can be used for different treatment options and for most types of skin colouring.
But before you head out to the nearest spa or salon, note that the GentleMax Pro™ hair removal treatment is intended for use by a licensed doctor. The procedure is meant to be performed at a certified clinic. Besides administering the treatment, our doctor at The Aesthetics Centre will give you the consultation and advice that only a trained and accredited professional can.
Dr Anita Soosay gets to the root of your hair problem during the one-on-one consultation. She performs the procedure, assisted by professional laser technicians to ensure your safety. Our devices have built-in cooling systems that can be configured to the patient’s level of comfort.
Our team is friendly, professional, and honest. We ensure that we provide you with top-quality treatment based on a good understanding of the medical-grade lasers we operate. The result: smoother, silkier skin, so you can be more confident and be hair-free as you please!