Shaving is a great way to have smooth skin for a few hours. However, since shaving does not affect the hair follicles, the hair never stops growing, so your smooth skin has stubbles before the day is done. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, targets the pigment in the hair follicle and affects it so that the hair does not grow. When you have multiple laser hair removal treatments, you can permanently reduce the hair on your legs, underarms, face, bikini line and other parts of your body where you have unwanted hair.
Shaving, waxing, and plucking are time-consuming and ineffectual hair removal techniques that may take up a lot of your day. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country.
One of our trained technicians does the procedure. A highly concentrated laser light is beamed into the hair follicles, which is absorbed as heat by the pigment in the follicle. The intense light affects the follicle, stopping any further hair growth.
Since the procedure targets darker hair, laser hair removal used to be more effective for people with light skin and dark hair. However, new technology has developed lasers that work for any skin color. Some of the main benefits of laser hair removal are:
1) Accuracy – the laser is directed to target the exact hair that should be removed. This is extremely beneficial for removing hair from the upper lip, chin and eyebrows. Some lasers can target larger areas for hair removal from the back or legs.
2) Quickness – each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second to heat several hairs. For small areas such as the upper lip, treatment may take 15 to 20 minutes and for large areas such as the back, treatment may take an hour.
3) Permanency – most people have permanent hair reduction, and the small amount of hair that may grow back is pale and weak.
If you are planning to have laser hair removal treatments, you should not wax, pluck or have electrolysis for at least six weeks before the treatment. The reason is that these hair removal techniques target the follicle, which needs to be intact for laser treatment. Shaving is all right because it does not affect the follicle.
If you are considering laser hair removal treatments, then you should come in for a consultation at Reger Vein and Skin Specialists, located in The Woodlands. We can assess your area(s) of concern and then determine if this effective treatment is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.