Are you tired of plucking, waxing, or shaving every month? Do you get breakouts or razor bumps when you attempt to get rid of unwanted hair? Are you looking for a long-term solution? If so, laser hair removal is a safe and reliable option.
The laser hair removal process uses high-heat lasers to damage the hair follicles enough to slow down hair growth. Although laser treatment doesn’t guarantee lifelong results, its effects last much longer than other hair removal techniques such as waxing and shaving. Imagine not having to have a wax for years! Common treatment locations include armpits, legs, chin, upper lip and bikini. However, you can treat unwanted hair in nearly any area of the body with laser hair removal.
Skin type and hair colour influence the success of the process. The basic principle of laser hair treatment is that the pigment of the hair should absorb the radiations, but the pigment of the skin shouldn’t. Ideally, the laser should avoid damage to the skin and only focus on damaging the hair follicles. This is the reason why contrast between the skin and hair colour—light skin and dark hair—result in the best outcomes. However, advances in laser technology have made laser hair removable an option for those who have darker skin too.
Shaving removes hair at the surface of the skin with a razor, making it a painless, quick and inexpensive hair removal method. However, razor burns, cuts and nicks are common side effects of shaving. What’s worse is that shaving frequently can lead to ingrown hair growth.
Moreover, regrowth happens super quickly since hair is only cut off at the surface. The regrown hair isn’t tapered, and may seem to appear thicker and blunt.
Hot (but not unbearably hot!) wax when applied to the desired area pulls hair out from the roots. This hair removal method works best for bikini areas, underarms and legs—particularly ideal for those with darker, coarse and stubborn hair.
However, keep in mind that waxing requires at least a quarter inch of stubble in order to be effective. It can be painful at first, but becomes tolerable over time and lasts between 3-6 weeks before regrowth means it’s back to the salon!
The best option for long term hair removal is laser hair removal, which essentially targets the hair shafts and effectively inhibits hair growth. The best part is that it doesn’t cause damage to the dermis, which means that even the most sensitive skin can be easily treated. For optimal results, dermatologists offer different lasers that are customised to the patient’s hair and skin colour.
Many consider laser removal treatments to be a worthy investment that pays off the in the long run. Several cycles (commonly 6-8 sessions) of treatment are recommended at different stages of the hair growth cycle, in order to capture the hair follicles. Some people may require touch-up treatments for maintenance, especially on larger areas of the body. Although it seems like a bigger amount of money at first – with the following years not having to spend any more on waxing, it makes a huge difference!
Here at Simply Clinics, we use state-of-the-art laser technologies, including Infinity systems and Lumenis Lightsheer Duet for our laser hair removal treatments. Additionally, our patented suction technology makes the process virtually pain free for most people!