Your skin care routine can have a significant impact on your complexion. The more time and effort you’ve invested in caring for your skin, the better the results. But when it comes to stubborn or unwanted facial hair or body hair, no amount of effort seems enough — not daily shaving nor frequent waxing.
So it’s no wonder that you’re tired of the short-term fix. Now that you’re ready for a new approach with hope of actual results, read on! But while there are numerous treatment options, first things first: seek professional advice before signing up for anything.
LHR is non-invasive
Laser hair removal is a non-surgical procedure for safely eradicating unwanted hair on the face or body. Instead of electric currents, LHR uses laser energy to heat up the hair follicles and damage them to reduce hair growth. It has been in use for several years now, and since its inception, the laser devices available today have improved.
Typically, laser treatments require 4-6 sessions spaced weeks apart. Some patients will need more than that depending on their hair type and how they’re responding to treatment. It can effectively eliminate unwanted underarm hair and even improve the skin.
LHR uses state-of-the-art equipment
The GentleMax Pro, a combination of Nd:YAG and Alexandrite lasers, is a device that can deliver light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time. It reacts to the melanin found in the facial hair or body hair, but is also smart enough to distinguish it from the skin. So, you’re spared from potential skin damage which causes irritation and darkening.
GentleMax Pro even comes with a patented cooling system to reduce discomfort. Temporary redness and minor swelling can be observed at the treatment site, but this will subside within hours. The effects, however, are long-term. But you will need some touch-up sessions in the future for any minimal regrowth.
LHR works on most skin types
Laser hair removal by itself doesn’t work on blonde, grey, and red or ginger hair. That’s because these hair colours don’t have chromophores in their molecules, which absorb the energy from the laser. A chromophore is that part of the molecule that “gives it colour.” The colours that we see through our eyes are within the visible spectrum—the ones that are not absorbed by certain wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum.
But even if you have light hair, your roots may be dark, which the dermatologist can check.
Remember, laser hair removal targets the dark root of the hair follicle. So, if you have a combination of light and dark hair that you want to get rid of, you can still get the treatment in tandem with electrolysis. It’s possible to have both procedures done in the same session, depending on the findings during your doctor consultation.
LHR prevents ingrown hairs
An ingrown hair occurs due to improper shaving and waxing, or when there is a lack of moisture in one’s skin. The hair that’s been removed eventually grows back and curls into the skin. Not only is this a pain, but it can also lead to infection if not treated properly. If an infection occurs, it will require prompt medical attention or antibiotic treatment, especially if it is severe.
Ingrown hair is mostly an underarm problem for most, but can also occur in the legs, face, and other areas. LHR not only eliminates the possibility of future ingrown hairs, but improves the overall appearance of your skin by reducing razor bumps. It will also reduce or eliminate any irritation or itching on your skin caused by body hair.
LHR is safe for sensitive skin
Laser hair removal is a popular choice for many who wish to remove hair in sensitive areas, including the face. The reason is simple: laser hair removal has been noted to work well at eliminating unwanted hair, leaving a clean-shaven appearance that other techniques can’t match.
The laser utilises a lower intensity light that is safer for these areas because it doesn’t damage the skin as much as waxing — it penetrates the hair follicle and destroys it from within. You won’t have to worry about hair growing back anytime soon, so you can say goodbye to wax strips, shaving creams, razor burns, and chicken skin after a few sessions.
However, it is a treatment that requires repeat visits to the clinic for best results. But you should be able to see visible changes four weeks after the initial session. Also, there can be potential side effects such as temporary discolouration on the skin.
It’s been said that there is less pain associated with laser hair removal than with waxing or tweezing. Note though that people might have lower pain tolerance in sensitive areas of the body, such as the face, underarms, and bikini area.