Many people ask this question "are laser hair removal effective?" The answer to this question depends on many factors. Some factors include the patient's individual condition, the number of unwanted hairs and the laser being used. In short, yes. Laser hair removal works primarily by heating up the unwanted hair follicles to prevent new hairs from developing.
This puts the existing hair follicles in an almost immediate state of dormancy. Though the process is often touted as some sort of permanent hair reduction, laser hair removal simply reduces the number of unwanted hairs in an area by a small percentage. While this may not sound like much, imagine a person with a dark skin type losing nearly twenty percent of their body hair. These side effects are generally seen as minimal in comparison to the benefits gained.
Before discussing possible side effects, it would be important to discuss the benefits. A common myth is that laser hair removal is effective only for individuals who avoid sun exposure at all costs. The truth is, although it is effective, it works best on individuals who are either already sun-exposed or are likely to become so. Avoiding sun exposure requires more than just removing a few spots, it also means staying out of the midday sun.
This might take a little longer than someone who stays out of the sun but who avoids makeup. When the laser is applied, the doctor might take several passes over each area of skin to effectively heat up the skin. As you can imagine, there are some people who have extremely sensitive skin. In such a case, the first three or more passes might take a while, resulting in discomfort and possibly bleeding. If this does occur, it is advisable to go back for another appointment.
Some men and women believe that they can avoid laser hair removal by not being sexually active. This might be true in the sense that avoiding sexual activity can reduce the chances of redness, swelling, or pain. However, there is a flip side to this approach: those who are sexually active run the risk of catching an infection that could further impair the body's ability to absorb nutrients. In short: use a condom, not a razor.
For those who want to try laser hair removal but are worried about its effect on facial hair, waxing might be a better option. Waxing, unlike shaving, can be done virtually anywhere and at any time. Those who are concerned about how their facial hair might look after waxing might be happy to note that they can also use tweezing techniques to remove unwanted hair. Unfortunately, freezing can be a bit messy as well, although many people who have been tweezing for years report that this is not an issue.
As previously mentioned, all these treatments are effective and have lower costs than electrolysis and laser hair removal. This is because they only target the very top layer of the skin. Although they might not be as effective on dark spots or some facial imperfections, they are still worth giving a shot if you are planning to get one of these treatments. In addition, they do not take long to perform and there are no risks associated with them.
There are also other options if you want to avoid having laser hair removal treatments on your face or other parts of your body. There are now electric shavers that are as effective as waxing and shaving. You do not need a prescription for these, unlike with waxing, and you can perform them in your own home. In addition, there are now creams that you can put on your skin right before you go to bed. These are specifically meant for people who want to have long-term sun exposure treatment and have to wear sunscreen to protect their skin.
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