Gone for Good: Is Laser Hair Removal Really Safe?    

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No one likes a hairy beast. In fact, no one really likes hair at all anymore. With the exception of some quality facial hair, body hair has become quite unacceptable. Whereas in the 70’s, a little hair here and there was groovy, no one is really having it anymore.

Since a little fuzz is a big no-no, many people resort to hair removal options that are simple, to say the least. Shaving, waxing, and even laser hair removal – with all of these different choices, we are left pondering: what is the easiest and safest option?

Hair removal can be a simple, easy process. If only we knew what worked best. Let’s take a closer look and then discuss the various hair removal processes and whether or not laser hair removal is a safe alternative.

What Are The Options?

When looking to have hair removed, there are quite a few options. Truthfully, we all would like the least painstaking process, but every person can differ as far as preferences. Let’s discuss the different options for hair removal. For each option, let’s rate it from one to 10, with one being the worst option we could possibly find, and 10 the most preferable.

1. The Good Ol’ Shave

We all know this routine. You lather up, shave, rinse and hope you do not cut yourself. Shaving with a razor has to be the “old fashioned” option, but it might prove to be the best one out of the bunch.

Shaving works by using an electric shaver or razor. Typically, it works best to wet the hair and possibly even lather up shaving cream.

Shaving cream helps to moisturize, while simultaneously letting you know where you have shaved already, so this way you are sure to not miss any spots.

The old myth is that shaving causes hair to grow back more coarse than it was originally, but this is simply a myth with no legitimacy. Shaving does only last for a day or two, so it is necessary to keep up with shaving regularly.

The drawbacks to shaving include the possibility of ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are hairs that have, for some reason, curled back around and grown into the skin again, instead of growing up and out of the skin. These ingrown hairs can be painful and resemble pimples, so they are definitely not a good thing.

On a scale of one to 10, shaving is probably the easiest of the bunch, but tedious nonetheless; we would rate it about a seven.

2. A Little Tweeze Can Be a Breeze

The most technical of the bunch; tweezing requires patient and accuracy. The art of tweezing is pulling the hairs out of the skin directly from the root with tweezers.

tweezersTypically, tweezers are used for facial hair. This is because tweezers require you to pull the hairs out individually, so it would be much too tedious to pull out body hair one by one, unless it is from the face.

We also imagine that it would be quite painful to pull out your leg hair one by one. Yikes.

All you need to do is line up the tweezers with the hair you plan to pull out. Simply squeeze the tweezers at the base of the hair and pull. You will know you have done it correctly when you see the hair in between the tweezers, usually with a white dot from the pore at the end of the hair.

While this method is effective, it is also quite tedious and potentially painful. Tweezing can last anywhere between five to eight weeks; however, like we have said, it has the potential of being quite troublesome. Therefore, we would have to rate this method a solid five. And quite frankly, a five is generous. Tweezing can lead to ingrown hairs and simply is pretty painful in general, so use caution.

3. Wax On, Wax Off

Waxing is another method to remove hair. Waxing is one of the most popular of the hair removal methods. It works by having a cosmetologist lather a removal wax all over the skin. Once the sticky substance spreads on the skin, they apply cloth strips on top of the stick solution.

Once the wax dries, they rip the cloth strips off quickly. The hair comes out, along with the cloth strips. There are some waxes on the market that do not require cloth strips.

You can do waxing anywhere on the body: eyebrows, lips, legs and even, your bikini area. It might seem convenient, but there are a few things to be aware of when looking to wax a body part.

First and foremost, you must have at least a quarter of an inch length in hair. This means that you need to grow the hair out well before waxing, so you can get a little hairy in the process.

Also, waxing may cause redness, swelling and bumps. Many women like to have their eyebrows waxed before spending the night alone in the comfort of their home, because their face swells a vibrant red color. If you can grin and bear the pain and side effects, then waxing just might be the option for you. A decent wax job can last anywhere from three to six weeks.

On our scale of one to ten, we place waxing at an eight. This hair removal method is relatively simple and affordable, with only a few negative side effects.

4. Lasers Aren’t Just Meant for Toy Guns

Did you know there is a method of laser hair removal that uses lasers and pulsed lighting? Laser therapy is the newest, most modern laser hair removal option available today, and its popularity is on the rise. So, exactly how does it work? A licensed technician obliterates the hair’s roots with a strong light.

Laser therapy can be performed all over the body; however, it is recommended that women with dark hair and light skin seek the treatment.

Anyone with light hair or dark skin will have difficulty with the treatment. We imagine it is more difficult for the technician to see the roots in order to zap them out.

Similarly to waxing, this treatment can also cause redness and swelling. If you’re one of the few people who are lucky enough to be able to have the therapy, we highly advise you try it. The therapy typically takes anywhere from six to 12 sessions to see noticeable results, but the results can last up to half a year.

We highly encourage you to try this option. Not only i s it becoming more affordable, but it is relatively quick and painless. We rate this hair removal option a solid nine out of 10. Let’s learn more about this hair removal option.

5. Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?

Some might think that the concept of removing hair with lasers is simply too good to be true. Truly, laser hair removal has to be growing in popularity for some reason.

The truth is that there are actually two different forms of laser therapy. The different types of treatment may vary your experience.

The laser beam treatment option uses beams of light, whereas the intense pulsed light option uses flashes that occur sporadically.

speak to your doctorOne important concept to understand when seeking the help of laser therapy is that everyone needs unique treatments. It is also not always guaranteed to work. The various lasers to pick from can be more effective for certain hair and skin types.

Therefore, it is important to speak to your doctor or dermatologist before your first session. Any sessions completed using the improper laser will not be as effective as they could be. This means you’ll not only waste your time, you’ll waste your money, too.

It is also important to note that you will need quite a few sessions before you see a difference. This is because the therapy is never guaranteed to reach all of the hair roots. Whereas tweezing and other methods are more “point and shoot,” laser hair therapists cannot see every single hair follicle. This is why it is ideal to have dark hair and light skin; the hair roots are easier to see.

6. Is Laser Hair Therapy Safe?

If you are considering having this procedure done, then you are definitely doing the right thing in researching the safety concerns associated with the therapy.

As of right now, low level lasers are proving to be very minimally invasive. Men and women are both receiving low level laser therapy safely and effectively. The Center for Hair Enhancement has classified the lower level lasers as “safe, harmless, and effective.”

Laser Hair Therapy

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Perhaps the best part about laser hair therapy removal is that it is typically permanent. Up to 90 percent of patients report seeing permanent results after three to five sessions. It sounds like the therapy is worth it.

If you are consulting laser hair removal therapy, then be prepared for the procedure. You can expect to have any lengthy hairs trimmed. A cool gel will be applied to the outer layers of your skin.

The technician will need to wear protective eyewear and you may need some, as well. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second, so the procedure itself should not take much time at all. After the treatment, the technician may provide you with an ice pack, cream or lotion to assuage any discomfort.

Ultimately, laser hair removal appears to be the way to go. Many various clinics offer the procedure at a reduced price. Specials appear all of the time. We have found that, from the feedback we have read, the procedure appears to be safe and effective.

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