Unwanted hair can be one of the most embarrassing and challenging self-image issues a woman has to combat. When you’re younger, you can tweeze, wax or shave away most of the problems. However, as we get older, we tend to develop more facial hair that is more difficult to remove.
Women face a whole lot of ridicule if they happen to have unwanted facial hair. As a result, things that should be a bad memory of the past, like the bearded lady jokes, become the office chatter.
Lights, Camera, Oh No Facial Hair, and Zoom
Zoom meetings and work from home are putting a whole new spin on the problem. It’s easy to miss a hair or not realize how bad that fuzzy upper lip has gotten until you turn on the invasive and unforgiving ring light and catch yourself on camera at just the wrong angle.
One of our favorite solutions to this problem is laser hair removal. Laser hair treatments have come a long way since they were first developed. They’ve become safer and more precise.
Laser Hair Removal Safe for All Areas
A laser can target just the dark course hairs on a face, leaving the skin undamaged and sending you on your way.
These procedures are standard these days and usually go without incident. Still, it’s critical to ensure your treatment is handled by a trained and educated professional. Some dangers come with lasers, and if you don’t know what to watch out for, you could run into trouble.
Research and Ask Questions Before You Book Appointments
First, don’t be afraid to research the clinic or business you’re considering for your hair removal. It’s a great time to be alive, particularly in this case, as you can do all the research you need from the palm of your hand. Any reputable treatment facility will have a high-quality website with sections including introductions to their doctors, information about the services they offer, and even usually a Q&A section where you can check for the most commonly asked questions. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for there, make sure you ask when you’re scheduling your appointment. Most of the time, they will be more than happy to answer anything you want to know.
Before Laser Hair Removal Being Prepared
So what do you need to know about preparing for laser hair removal? First, to get the best results, it’s recommended that you stop tweezing, waxing, or any electrolysis treatments for at least six weeks before your first laser treatment. We know that’s a long time to be dealing with unwanted hair, but really it is to ensure that you get the best results.
The next important thing to remember is to avoid being out in the sun for six weeks before your treatment and then another six weeks after your treatment. Sun exposure can reduce the effectiveness of laser removal. That’s because the sun can lighten the hair, and lasers work by targeting the dark pigment.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Once the laser is targeted on the hair, it burns the hair down the follicle and damages the root. By damaging the root, it’s much more difficult for the hair to grow back. It’s not permanent, but it dramatically reduces hair growth.
One of the substantial advantages of laser hair removal over some of the other options is that there are no restrictions with the laser. As a result, it’s safe to use all over the body, from the face to the bikini line.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
It’s also considered moderate when it comes to being a painful procedure. If you can handle getting waxed, then your laser treatments are going to be a breeze. Usually, before they begin the process, they apply icepacks to numb it, and again after your treatment is done.
It will become less uncomfortable as you go through the treatment process because the hair is no longer as thick.
Best Candidates for Laser Hair Removal
Laser treatments work significantly better on lighter skin tones that have darker hair. The darker the hair you’re trying to remove, the better. The targeting system works on the melanin, and the contrast helps to ensure it’s hitting the mark. These lighter skin tones are going to be the closest to permanent hair removal a laser can accomplish. Often after multiple treatments, they don’t need to shave again.
Multiple Treatments for Lasting Results
Sadly, there are a few drawbacks, but nothing that wouldn’t be worth it in the long run.
For example, the more lasting you want the results, the more treatments you will have to undergo. With each treatment, the damage done to the follicle increases and further slows down the growth of the hair, making it more delicate and less noticeable. One of the problems with this is to ensure that you don’t over the damage to the follicle or the skin; you should wait six weeks between treatments.
Zero Recovery Time and Mild Reactions
Laser treatments don’t have a recovery time, but you may experience some redness and swelling in the first twenty-four hours after treatment. These are considered minor or mild reactions and often end after the first day. Unfortunately, because the laser targets the pigment in the hair, some people won’t benefit from laser hair removal as much as others. Grey hair, for example, isn’t an option for laser hair removal. The laser cannot target gray hair because it lacks melanin.
Overall Laser Hair Removal is Successful and Easy
Otherwise, laser hair removal is a safe and highly effective way to get rid of unwanted hair. It will work on large body areas, including the legs. Laser hair removal can be continued over time, and if the hair begins to thicken again, you can always go in for more treatments. The treatments aren’t painful, just mildly uncomfortable. The advantage of treating unwanted hair on the face or body makes it absolutely worth it for most people, especially women dealing with unwanted facial hair.
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