773,278 women and 128,292 men in 2013 made the decision to forgo the traditional hair removal methods and pursue something more permanent—Laser Hair Removal. If you are like any one of these hundreds of thousands of people then you understand the ubiquitous love hate relationship that comes with every shave, wax, or pluck. No one truly enjoys these morning hair removal ritual but they stick with them because of their end result—soft, smooth, and hairless skin.
While shaving, waxing and plucking are the most popular hair removal methods, the biggest difference with laser hair removal is that its process provides a permanence that the aforementioned cannot deliver. At some point in our life we may have felt a strong sense of devotion to our not so dear friends Shick and Soft Wax—summer time and rooftop patio weather ring a bell? But, like many relationships we keep out of convenience or necessity even though we know more desirable options are available to us, cutting them off cold turkey and getting out of our our comfort zone might be the only way to move on.
Permanently ditching the razor sounds fantastic, but lets face it, using a laser for the removal of anything doesn’t paint a sunshine and rainbows picture in anyone’s mind. Regardless of wether or not a procedure has become increasingly popular it is understandable and natural to have some kind of reservation or hesitation before you join the many hundreds of thousands of people running to get zapped. Please allow me to put your mind at ease and explain in more detail what laser hair removal is and why it might be a great fit for anyone who is looking for a permanent solution to hair removal.
There are 5 major benefits of laser hair removal. First and foremost is the most talked about benefit and also the one most people are a little reluctant to believe: it is extremely effective. Hair removal lasers have been in use in the United States since 1997 and, to add a little peace of mind, they have also been approved for “permanent hair reduction” by the FDA! If that isn’t enough, the FDA defines “permanent hair reduction” as: the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs regrown after a treatment regime. Can your razor, wax, or tweezers match that accolade?
Secondly, laser hair removal is precise. No more leaving the house to start your day just to find out you’ve missed a spot on your knee while shaving. Also, because the laser only targets pigmented areas on the skin, such as the hair follicle, laser hair removal doesn’t affect the skin’s surface. In fact, one of the nice side effects to this treatment is that it may actually improve your skin’s color and make your complexion more uniform! Consider the massive efforts people make to attain that youthful even complexion, reduce sunspots and other discolorations—laser hair removal might be part of the solution!
Interested in saving time by quickly knocking things off your to-do list?—Duh! In our fast paced, always late, need more time society, potential clients will be pleased to hear that some treatments can take as little as one minute to perform! For larger body areas it can be anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour. Sound too good to be true? The laser is designed to treat several hairs in a large surface area all at the same time and this makes the procedures quick. And, the fact that there is no downtime after the treatment is an added bonus.
The fourth benefit of laser hair removal is the reduced likelihood of ingrown hairs. If you are human and have tried waxing, shaving, and/or tweezing then you’ve likely had an experience with ingrown hairs—they’re not pleasant. Ingrown hairs are caused when the hair is broken off unevenly and regrows sideways or curls back into the skin. With laser hair removal, the chance of ingrown hairs is significantly less because the hair isn’t being broken during treatment and if the hair does grows back it tends to be sparse and fine and this change in hair texture reduces ingrown hairs even more.
Finally, when it comes to laser hair removal, the pain factor varies from person-to-person but is generally regarded as similar to the the feeling of a gentle pinch or a warm rubber band snapping against the skin—compared to a waxing treatment, it has very little discomfort. Because some areas are more sensitive than others, the pain factor will also depend on the area of the body being treated. If a treatment gets be too uncomfortable, some places will apply a numbing cream which reduces your body’s sensitivity to the laser.
Permanent results, precise, fast, reduced ingrown hairs (if any at all), and less painful than waxing! Sounds pretty awesome, right? While the benefits of laser hair removal are very exciting, it is recommended that you always talk with an expert to see if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal. Zap Laser Center of Denver (Aurora) offers free consultations to find out what the best corse of action is for your specific needs and skin type.
Sometimes targeting the hair shaft without damaging the melanin pigment in the surface of the skin in patients with darker skin tones can be a bit tricky. For this reason, there are three main types of hair removal lasers that are used today, and depending on the thickness of the hair and the color of the skin, one laser may provide benefits as compared to another. This is exactly why Zap Laser carries both of the more popular lasers, the Alexandrite as well as the ND YAG. By having both treatments available, Zap Laser is able to treat almost all skin types.
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