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Why Laser Hair Removal is the Best Solution

The subject of hair is a complicated one. It can define us, we spend a lot of time on it, and a great deal of it we want to get rid of. In fact, hair removal is one of the most in demand cosmetic issues with more products than you can imagine dedicated to it. We’re all familiar with the struggle of constantly shaving. This may leave you curious about laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is the most effective method of hair removal because it destroys the hair permanently. Here is what you need to know about the procedure.


Why shaving and waxing aren’t the best solutions

Shaving is, of course, by far the most widely used method of dealing with unwanted hair. That’s because it’s the treatment you can perform yourself at home every day. Of course, this accessibility brings along the downside of being the most temporary solution. Most people can only go a couple days between shaves. Razors can irritate the skin and are also quite expensive considering how many you go through in a month. Waxing is quite painful and, while it may buy you a few weeks, is also temporary. These solutions, while cheaper upfront, can cost a lot of money over the course of your lifetime. While laser hair removal may have a higher upfront cost, once the hair is gone, it’s gone. No more upkeep to worry about.


Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

While most people are probably a good candidate for laser hair removal, people with dark hair follicles will probably benefit the most because they are the easiest to treat. The laser pulse works best on dark pigment. Lighter pigments can vary when it comes to success. Gray, blonde, red, and white pigments require different laser settings because they are less responsive. If your hair is lighter, it’s usually recommended to perform a small skin test with the laser first to see if you react well. You may find you are not a good candidate for laser hair removal if your skin doesn’t respond well. Laser hair removal is a very effective treatment for pseudofolliculitis barbae (razor or hair bumps), and in most cases it can be curative for patients with thick curly ingrown hair.


What’s the laser hair removal process like?

When imagining a laser treatment, one may immediately think of this giant device pointed down at you. On the contrary, laser hair removal is performed with a simple handheld laser that is passed over the areas of your body that you’re looking to treat. The hair is selectively targeted so as to not damage the skin and minimize unwanted irritation in the surrounding areas. The laser device delivers a concentrated beam of light that targets the hair follicles themselves. The follicles then absorb the light via the pigment of the hair. The heat that is delivered kills the follicle. A treatment session can last anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour depending on what areas you are having done. You may experience some reddening or swelling following the procedure, but it is manageable. There is no recovery period and you can go back to your normal daily activities following your treatment session. Due to the way hair grows, multiple treatments will be required to completely get rid of the hair in the treated area.


Are there any potential side effects?

As with most cosmetic procedures, there are some risks of minor to moderate side effects. Since you are dealing with laser technology, side effects related to heat may occur. These include blistering, infections, scarring, or a changing of the skin color whether lighter or darker. Of course, one of the major factors in developing side effects is the expertise of the person performing the procedure. Finding a professional dermatologist with years of experience performing this procedure is ideal when choosing to undergo laser hair removal because side effects can be minimized or avoided with the proper technique applied. Speak to your dermatologist if you have any concerns about potential side effects.


Conclusion

Most people need to come around on the idea of opting for laser hair removal. Many see it as quite the expense and are perhaps even skeptical of its effectiveness versus the cost. Make no mistake, laser hair removal is the most efficient way to get rid of unwanted hair anywhere on your body. While shaving or even waxing may be less expensive in the present, they certainly add up over the years and will cost far more than your laser hair removal treatments will in the long term. If you’d like to know more about your options for hair removal, book an appointment online with us today. Dr. Flood has been treating patients in the Washington D.C. area for over 40 years. Dr. Flood and his staff are dedicated to providing you with the best treatments available so you can have the appearance that you desire.

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