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When it comes to laser hair removal, it’s been a topic that I have been thinking about for quite some time now (especially since I started working in a beauty clinic where I have been thoroughly introduced to the treatment and regularly deal with clients interested about it). It’s definitely one of those treatments that you need to think about in depth before taking action. Having a consultation with an expert as well as getting a patch test done is extremely important. Until I actually make my mind up on the matter, there’s some factors that need to be taken into consideration at home, so let me tell you a little bit more about them.
Lasers Are Accurate, But Varied Machines
The first thing you need to be aware of is that lasers can be extremely accurate and good at removing unwanted hairs, however every device varies. For example, some lasers only specialize in treating people who have skin that is light in color, so if your skin tone is darker make sure to avoid these.
Another thing you should understand is that lasers also vary in intensity and methodology. In other words, some of them will zap away surface blemishes, while others will really penetrate deep into the lower layers of your skin. Types of lasers that are available include ablative, non-ablative, and fraxel, among others.
Undergoing the Actual Hair Removal Process
Undergoing the actual hair removal process is fairly easy, once you choose a specific type of laser treatment suited to your needs. You simply need to make an appointment with a local clinic to have the procedure done. When you are called in for your appointment, your technician will use the laser hair removal equipment to zap away the hair in the area that you want them to treat.
The nice thing about using lasers to get rid of unwanted hair as opposed to shaving or waxing is that the hair will stay away for a long time. That's because the laser device can zap the hair right down to the root (follicle), slowing down the regrowth process. Shaving only removes the top part of the hairs that protrude above the skin. So, you shouldn't see your unwanted hair come back for quite some time. Although, it may eventually return, and you may have to go back for repeat treatments.
Discomfort Associated with the Procedure
Depending on your own resilience to pain, laser hair removal wouldn’t be considered painful. It’s not exactly pain free but most people claim that it's more comfortable than waxing at least. The machine may simply cause a sensation like a series of minor static electricity shocks or a snapping feeling, like a rubber band hitting the skin.
Ongoing Body Hair Removal and Maintenance Needs
The ongoing needs of those who use lasers to remove unwanted body hair vary quite a bit. You may find that some of the hair never grows back at all. That's because some lasers can completely kill certain hair roots. You may also find that hair that does grow back is thinner and not as dark. As a result of those changes, you may decide that it's easier to maintain the little bit of regrowth at home by shaving occasionally. On the other hand, you may prefer to go back for future laser treatments. It all depends on your personal situation, preferences, schedule, and budget. But in any case, you should notice a significant difference right away after the initial procedure is done.
Bringing the post to an end I'd love to hear if you've pondered with the idea of getting laser hair removal before or maybe you've already experienced this kind of treatment before... Let me know in the comments below.
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