Shaving can be a real hassle. You have to do it every couple of days or more often, living with uncomfortable and unattractive stubble in the meantime. Waxing allows you to go longer and does a more thorough job of removing the hair than shaving, but it still grows back.
Laser hair removal takes the hassle out of getting rid of your body hair. As an alternative to shaving and waxing, the choice of laser hair removal is clear. Our providers at eleven19 Medical + Weight Loss offer this helpful guide about what to expect from the procedure and what types of skin benefit most.
Laser hair removal is not an instant solution
Although you probably wish it would get rid of all your body hair in one sitting, laser hair removal generally takes more than one session. There are several good reasons for this. For example, your body can only tolerate so much of the laser, and it takes multiple sessions to see results.
Unlike shaving and waxing, laser hair removal targets the root of the hair follicle. This means that hair grows back very slowly or not at all. The first session removes the melanin from the hair follicle, which is what makes hair darker. Most people need four to eight sessions, with about six to eight weeks between each one.
The best candidates for laser hair removal
Traditional laser hair removal is most effective on those with light skin and dark hair. Light hair or darker skin tones require more sessions and may produce less satisfactory results.
But at eleven19 Medical + Weight Loss, our specialists use the Lightsheer laser by Lumenis®. The Lightsheer laser has many benefits over traditional lasers, including more dramatic results for those with darker skin tones. It works best when your hair is in a growing cycle, which we can explain in more detail during a consultation.
Which body parts can get laser hair removal?
Luckily, we can perform laser hair removal on just about any part of your body, especially with the Lightsheer laser. We can target hair on any part of your face, including fine shadowy hairs above your lips and even your eyebrows.
Of course, it’s also effective in removing hair from your legs, thighs, underarms, and bikini area. You can have hair removed on your arms and back as well, meaning that it’s perfect for those who want to be completely hairless.
Why people are so satisfied with their results
In a survey by the cosmetic surgery site RealSelf, 93% of those who have had the procedure rated it as “worth it.” In fact, it currently has the highest rating of any cosmetic procedure. The pain level and recovery time are minimal, especially compared to the outstanding results.
Laser hair removal requires no anesthesia, so there’s virtually no recovery time involved with the process. Hair may eventually grow back a little, but it will be finer and lighter. Touch-ups are sometimes necessary but are usually much less involved than the initial round of hair removal.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to learn more about the Lightsheer laser or about hair removal in general, we would love to talk to you. To schedule an appointment today, call us or request an appointment through our online system. Our medical spas are located in Santa Ana, Fullerton, and Ontario, California.