Unwanted hair on body areas such as your bikini line and legs can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Although hair removal methods like shaving and waxing temporarily eliminate unwanted hair, they may not offer the best results. For example, shaving and waxing may break hairs unevenly, resulting in ingrown hairs, often painful and unsightly. Your skin may also not feel smooth after shaving since strays of hair usually remain behind. Luckily, laser hair removal Pearland is a revolutionary treatment that delays unwanted hair growth for an extended period.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a common medical procedure that beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. During laser hair removal, the pigment in the hair (melanin) absorbs laser light which is converted into heat. The heat damages hair follicles beneath your skin, delaying or inhibiting hair growth for an extended period. As a basic principle for laser hair removal, the hair pigment should absorb light instead of the skin. Therefore, there should be contrast between hair and skin color for the best outcomes.
Skin damage is more significant because the melanin can absorb light energy if you have darker skin. But thanks to technological advancements, laser hair removal is now an option even for people with dark skin. Because melanin in the hair is essential for light absorption, individuals with light-colored hair may not benefit from this treatment. Improvements in laser treatments are underway for people with light-colored hair.
Laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for an extended period, but this procedure is not permanent. Usually, follow-up treatments are necessary to maintain the results. Laser hair removal usually targets unwanted hair in the legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and bikini line, but it can be used in nearly all body areas. However, this treatment should not be used on the eyelids or surrounding areas due to the possibility of severe eye injury.
How safe is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is generally safe when performed by a professional, but it still causes side effects. For example, the treated areas may be tender, swollen, and red immediately after the procedure, but these tend to subside within several hours. With laser hair removal, side effects depend on your skin and hair color and compliance to pre and post-treatment instructions. For example, you may have temporary or permanent skin lightening if you have dark skin. The same is true if you don’t avoid the sun before and after treatment.
If you consider laser hair removal, choose your provider wisely to reduce the risk of skin damage. Laser hair removal should be performed by a board-certified doctor in a specialty like dermatology or cosmetic surgery. Be wary of salons, spas, and other facilities that allow nonmedical personnel to perform the treatment. It is also essential to discuss with your healthcare provider before laser hair removal to ensure you are a good candidate for the treatment. Your doctor may caution against this treatment if you have an infection, rashes, or open wound in the areas to be treated.
Visit your healthcare provider at Serenity Women’s Health & Med Spa for laser hair removal to attain smooth and hair-free skin.