With spring just around the corner, thoughts of outdoor activities such as swimming and hanging out on the beach begin to fill my head. Although I look forward to warmer weather, there is one obstacle I haven’t been able to avoid for the past few years.
I wouldn’t consider myself a “hairy” guy, per se, but I’m usually surprised to see how many unwanted patches of hair seem to appear over the winter. Tired of the hassle and mediocre results I’ve experienced with traditional methods such as waxing, tweezing and shaving, I decided to go online and do some research about laser hair removal.
After looking at several articles, blogs and websites, I found The Stevens Institute, specializing in skin care in Los Angeles. Their site helped me resolve my confusion when it comes to this procedure.
Here are 3 common concerns about laser hair removal, followed by explanations based on my research:
1. Does laser hair removal hurt?
Thanks to developments in technology, most patients find that laser hair removal is relatively painless. Unlike older methods, advanced laser systems target the follicle to disable hair growth. Without getting too technical, the procedure doesn’t actually involve removing each hair follicle.
What does this mean for patients? When performed by a trained specialist, laser hair removal is an easy and comfortable way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin.
2. Are the results permanent?
Patients with a variety of skin and hair types have enjoyed permanent results with laser hair removal. Los Angeles skin specialists commonly recommend repeating the treatment 4 to 6 times for optimal results because of the typical growth cycle of hair. Laser hair removal kills hair follicles, resulting in smooth skin for years to come.
3. Are at-home laser systems just as effective?
This is a tricky subject, since there are a number of new products coming on the market for consumers. While at-home systems may be effective for temporary results in areas with minimal hair growth, there’s really no substitute for a safe and guaranteed professional treatment. Also, patients with unwanted hair on more sensitive areas of the body, such as the face and the bikini area, will probably want to rely on the skills and experience of a trained professional.
After I read some patient reviews of laser hair removal, it became apparent that this effective procedure is here to stay. While I’ll continue to rely on shaving for grooming my facial hair, laser hair removal could provide the answer I’ve been looking for when it comes to hair on my back and upper arms.