Unwanted body hair can affect your life in a number of ways. It can make you feel awkward when wearing certain types of clothing, prevent you from doing fun things like going to the beach and prevent you from being intimate with a loved one.
Shaving is only a temporary solution, and plucking is painful and tedious. If unwanted body hair is causing a problem in your life, it may be time to look into laser hair removal.
Dr. Norris offers laser hair removal to her clients in Peru, IL and Surrounding Areas such as Ottawa, IL and Princeton, IL.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The basis of laser hair removal is that the area where the hair grows, the follicle, is targeted by a specific wavelength of light and is heated to the point of no longer working. This light is specifically engineered to be damaging to the hair follicle without harming the skin around the follicle. The skin will absorb the light of the laser and be unharmed, whereas the hair follicle will not.
Because of the light absorption, this process works only for black or brown hair, and it’s best with darker, coarser hair. Using laser hair removal works best on dark hair with light skin.
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal features a number of benefits over the alternatives of shaving and plucking. Some of these benefits are:
- Speed: Each pulse of the laser can target multiple hair follicles at once. This means that, depending on the area, most procedures can be completed in a matter of minutes. Areas such as the upper lip, chin, and bikini line can be done in as little as a five minutes whereas larger areas such as the back and arms could take up to an hour
- Results: Laser hair removal has a long history of positive results. Most patients see permanent hair loss within two or three sessions.
- Precision: The laser will target only the areas it’s supposed to, while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. The light will only penetrate the hair follicles.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
Because laser hair removal works by targeting the hair roots, it’s important that the follicles are as intact as possible. This means you should limit waxing, plucking or electrolysis treatments for a couple weeks before your appointment. Each of these acts temporarily removes the roots.
It’s also important to stay away from prolonged contact with the sun and UV rays before your treatment. If your skin is darkened by the sun it raises the chances of the laser damaging the skin as well as the follicle.
If you live in Peru, IL and the surrounding areas such as Ottawa, IL and Princeton, IL and have unwanted body hair is making you feel uncomfortable about who you are. Call Dr. Norris and set up a consultation for laser hair removal today!