Laser hair removal is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments today. Is it right for you? Why are so many people putting down their razors, canceling their waxing appointments, and banishing depilatory creams from their bathroom cabinets? At Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners, GA, we offer this treatment because we believe it is one of the best solutions for the problem of unwanted hair.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
About the Technology
This treatment is the most lasting hair removal method available. Our lasers, which are safe and FDA approved, utilize color-sensitive light technology to target hair follicles. The hair follicle is the source of hair growth. In the anatomy of hair, the follicle is located deep in the under-layers of the skin below the hair shaft.
When you choose laser hair removal, the lasers emit light that is absorbed by the melanin in your hair. The light is attracted to dark colors, such as the color of your hair. It cannot be absorbed by lighter areas such as the surrounding skin tissue. For this reason, the treatment is safe and will not cause skin damage. Once the light reaches the follicle, it is converted into heat. As a result, the hair follicle ruptures and is left unable to produce a new hair.
About the Process
A Series of Treatments
There are some important things to understand about this treatment, and one of the first things you should know is that it’s performed in a series of appointments according to your hair growth cycles. The number of appointments you will need depends on your body and the area you are treating. Generally, four to eight sessions is enough.
Once your treatments are finished, your unwanted hair will be gone for good! Most patients only require a small touch-up appointment every year or so to maintain their results.
Safe and Effective for Everyone
This treatment is safe and effective for most people who want to get rid of bothersome hairs. It is effective for both men and women, and it can be used on almost any area of the body. You can get this treatment on your legs, underarms, bikini line, and Brazilian area. You can also have it done on areas of your face, such as your upper lip.
You should not have this treatment done on your eyelashes, but this is pretty much the only area of the body that grows hair that is off-limits to this treatment.
5 Amazing Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
1. Ends Daily Hair Removal
Unwanted hair is something most of us want to do without. Unfortunately, getting rid of your hair and maintaining a smooth appearance requires a lot of planning, vigilance, and frustration. When you plan on going to the beach, wearing a sleeveless shirt, or stepping out in a pair of shorts, you need to time your hair removal accordingly. For most people, this means shaving, waxing, or using depilatory creams.
While these methods work (for the most part), they are temporary. You can find yourself constantly looking to see if the hair has grown back. Chances are, you’ve occasionally left your home only to notice later that you forgot to de-hair. Oops!
No Worries About Stubble
Hair removal via laser technology means no more worries about whether you have stubble that will show in bright light at the worst possible moment. You won’t need to check constantly to see if you are smooth because the results are lasting. Following your treatment, you can wear anything you want fearlessly! With all the things we have to worry about in our daily lives, it’s nice to get a break from at least one concern.
2. Spares You Constant Irritation
For most people, shaving needs to be done two or three times per week. Some people whose hair grows slowly can get away with shaving once a week. Others need to shave daily.
Why does shaving need to be done so often? The reason lies in the fact that it does not affect the hair root or the hair follicle. Rather, the razor cuts off the hair at the surface of your skin. As soon as your hair gets longer, the new length will show.
Depilatory creams work at the surface level, just like razors. When you use this method, you can expect your hair to start growing back within a few days.
Waxing offers more lasting results because it pulls your hair out by the root. However, it leaves the hair follicle intact. As long as you want to maintain smooth skin with waxing, you will need to repeat the process every few weeks.
Why These Methods Irritate the Skin
People who shave unavoidably cut themselves from time to time. In addition to removing the hair, a razor will take off a thin layer of skin, which is not good for your body. The substances in most shaving lotions and depilatory creams can cause allergic reactions and unwanted exposure to chemicals. Waxing is not only painful, but it can cause burns if improperly done. With all of these methods, the hairs that grow back abnormally can become trapped in your skin, resulting in redness and, potentially, even infections.
An Effective Alternative
Hair removal via lasers will not have a cumulative negative effect on your skin because it does not need to be constantly repeated. You can say goodbye to all the unpleasant things that accompany traditional hair removal. Laser hair removal requires no down-time and is very safe for your skin. You can resume normal activities immediately after your appointments.
3. It Will Save You Time
For fun, let’s calculate the amount of time you could spend shaving over the next 25 years. Imagine that you need to shave three times per week and that you spend 15 minutes in the shower doing so. 15 minutes times 3 minutes per week is 45 minutes. 45 minutes times 52 weeks per year is 2,340 minutes. This number multiplied by 25 years is 58,500! That’s more than 40 days just spent shaving!
Consider also that when you wax, you need to either set aside time for appointments at a salon or do it yourself, with preparation and clean-up included. When you think about the fact that waxing requires paper strips, liquid wax, and crusty residue, you can understand why cleaning your bathroom afterwards is time-consuming.
Alternatively, laser hair removal requires only half an hour per session, depending on the area you are treating. Over the course of your life, it only needs to be done a handful of times. Best of all, there is no mess for you to clean up afterwards because everything is handled by professionals.
4. Saves You Money
In addition to time, you can end up spending a lot of money on traditional hair removal methods. The cost of waxing appointments, razors, shaving creams, after-shave, and depilatory products adds up over the course of a lifetime. Laser hair removal is an investment that will save you money in the long run.
5. Doesn’t Require Hair Growth
With waxing, your hair needs to be ¼ of an inch. This is because the wax needs to have something to grab onto. As a result, when you choose this method you will inevitably have periods of unwanted, visible hair. With shaving and depilatory creams, the hair starts growing out above the surface (where it is noticeable) soon after you are finished. The irritation these methods cause makes most people want to wait before repeating the process. During that time, they must put up with the hair that shows up.
While your hair does need to be in the active growth stage before you get a laser treatment, it does not need to be visible. You can even shave before your appointment. Waxing, however, is not recommended because it removes the entire hair shaft. The reason shaving is ok is that the light in the laser will be attracted to the color of your hairs even if they are beneath the skin.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Do to Prepare for My Treatment?
Preparing for your treatment is very straightforward. You will want to avoid sun exposure for six weeks prior to your session. Doing so will enhance the contrast between the color of your skin and the color of your hair, making it easier for the lasers to target your hair follicles. During that time, you should also refrain from waxing or plucking. It is best not to take any blood-thinning medications or have coffee right before coming in to be treated.
How Much Time Must I Take Between Sessions?
Lasers are effective for hairs that are in the active growth phase. Normally, sessions are spaced about 28 days apart. Each session will remove 15-30% of the hair in the targeted area. During the in-between time, a new crop of hair will enter the active phase. Once each hair has been treated, you don’t need to worry about it coming back.
What If I Just Want to Thin Out My Hair?
Sometimes, patients do not wish to remove their hair entirely. Some men want to reduce their razor burn by having laser treatments on their beards. They still want facial hair, but they want less of it. Other people have hormonal issues that cause an excess of hair growth. For them, the purpose of this treatment is to achieve a more typical amount of hair. If you want some hair to be left behind after your treatments, we can customize a plan that will get you that result.
How Can I Learn More?
The best way to get more information is the schedule a consultation. Our team would be delighted to explain the benefits of this treatment in person. When we meet you, we can examine your skin and determine how laser hair removal can benefit you, individually. We can also introduce you to the professionals that conduct the treatment and make sure you feel comfortable with the process.
Give Yourself the Gift of Smooth Skin
Laser hair removal is a treatment that offers amazing, lasting results. It can save you time and money while removing your hair and all the hassle that goes along with other depilatory methods. This treatment is safe and effective, requiring no down-time. Best of all, it can give you more lasting results than any other method. Imagine never having to worry about your unwanted hair because it doesn’t exist anymore!
Contact Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners, GA for more information about this treatment. We are proud to offer you services that will make you look and feel your best!