Laser hair removal is often lauded for its effectiveness as a cosmetic dermatology service. Here's why it's the best choice if you want long-lasting hair removal.
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light, also known as a laser, to remove unwanted hair from various areas of the body. During this cosmetic dermatology service, the laser's light is absorbed by the melanin in hair. From there, the light energy absorbed is converted into heat, which damages the hair follicles. Thus, further hair growth is delayed or stopped altogether. Now that you know how this procedure works, let's talk about the benefits.
Above all else, laser hair removal is precise. Unlike razors or wax, lasers have the ability to target specific hair follicles on your skin. In addition, they leave the surrounding skin undamaged. While there may be some slight redness or a light skin rash, the side effects are relatively minor. With laser hair removal, it's possible to remove hair that you didn't even know you could remove.
Removing hair from any part of your body at home with over-the-counter products can be a time-consuming affair. This is especially true if you're dealing with thick, coarse hair or hair in a place that's difficult to reach. With laser hair removal, a technician can easily reach those difficult areas and get that hair out of there. In fact, some areas, like the upper lip, can be treated in just a few minutes.
At-home hair removal treatments-- even waxing-- can result in dry skin rashes and ingrown hairs. This is because while waxing and shaving do remove hair, they don't stop hair growth at the follicle level. As a result, hair will always grow back, and sometimes it will get stuck under the skin. When you invest in laser hair removal, you're ensuring that hair growth stops at the follicle level, which means no more ingrown hairs.
As we touched on above, there are minimal side effects when it comes to laser hair removal. Some slight redness and skin irritation are normal, and those symptoms typically only last for a day or two after the procedure. In addition, there's no downtime after a laser hair removal session. After your appointment you're free to go about your day, so long as you follow your dermatologist's aftercare instructions.
One of the biggest benefits of laser hair removal is that it's sanitary. Razors and even waxes sometimes aren't the most sanitary hair removal methods. Razors can collect all kinds of bacteria and the environment where wax is melted may not be 100% sanitary. When you invest in laser hair removal, you're trusting your hair removal to a licensed technician in a medical setting. And sanitary hair removal means longer lasting, better results.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to wait for new hair growth to invest in another laser hair removal session. In fact, it's actually recommended that you don't wait for new hair growth before your next session. This way, you can ensure that your skin stays silky smooth for longer.
Laser hair removal is a precise, effective treatment that can help you get the hair removal results you want. If you have questions or want to set up a consultation for this service, North Pacific Dermatology is ready to help.