5 Things You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal
Are you tired of shaving your body hair?
Shaving hair is a time-consuming process. Razors, blades, and shave gel can be quite expensive. And worst of all, a careful shave job never stays smooth for more than a couple days and it often leaves your skin irritated, red and bumpy.
Luckily, there's a way to have silky smooth skin without dealing with the hassle of shaving every day.
Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular option for those who want to be done with their unwanted hair once and for all.
The procedure involves targeting a highly-concentrated beam of light into areas of unwanted hair. The laser then destroys the unwanted hair follicles by absorbing their pigment.
Sounds awesome. Now, where do I sign up?
Even though laser hair removal is a noninvasive treatment, it's still a big decision. It's best to know all the details before fully committing. Here are the top 5 things you should know about laser treatment:
It's Permanent...Sort Of
It usually takes at least a few sessions to fully remove the unwanted hair.
However, you need to understand that even if you quit after the first session, your hair will never be the same again. Once the hair's been removed, it's gone for good.
Make sure you are 100% committed before you actually go through with it.
Also be aware that results are not 100% guaranteed. Some follicles are more resistant to treatment and may grow back again. However, they will grow back much finer and lighter.
Certain People Are Better Candidates
It would be nice if everyone was the ideal candidate for hair removal. But unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.
Those with lighter skin and darker hair are the best candidates. However, there are specific lasers that can be used on patients with darker skin.
Unfortunately, those with blonde or white hair do not make good candidates. This is because the laser has trouble deciphering the skin from the actual hair follicles.
Those with rashes, infections, or open wounds should also avoid getting hair removal.
Preparation is Key
6 weeks prior to your treatment you should limit any waxing, plucking or electrolysis.
However, it is okay to continue shaving as normal. This is because the laser targets your hair roots. If you are using another hair removal system, the laser won't be as effective.
You should also avoid the sun as much as possible 6 weeks prior to your treatment. The sun damage can aggravate side effects (redness, swelling, sensitivity) and can also make the laser less effective.
Know What Goes On During
The total time of the procedure will depend on the size of the area being treated.
Typically though, it takes 30 minutes or longer. Your technician will have you lie down and will rub gel on the area to make it easier for the laser to penetrate.
The technician will also adjust the laser according to your hair color, skin color, hair thickness, and area. The procedure is painless and you should be able to carry on with your day as normal afterward.
Generally speaking, the larger the area you treat, the more expensive it will be.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost per session is $235. However, sessions can range anywhere between $50-$900, depending on the area. Typically, you will need 4-6 sessions spaced 3-6 weeks apart for best results.
Laser Hair Removal: Wrap Up
We hope this information helps you feel better about your decision.
If you think permanent hair removal is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Waxing 101: Eyebrow to Bikini, What You Need to Know
Are you thinking about switching to waxing? If you've never done it before or have only done it a few times, we're going to answer your questions in this post. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about waxing.
What You Need to Know About Waxing
Waxing can help you look and feel your best for summer when more of your skin is going to be exposed. Before your first appointment, keep these tips in mind:
Let Your Hair Grow First
Refrain from shaving at least five days before your appointment. If you don't let the hair grow in first, the wax won't have anything to grab onto and it won't work.
The hair should be about a quarter-inch to a half-inch, or about the size of a grain of rice, for best results. Let it grow closer to a half-inch if you have coarse hair. After a few waxes, your hair will become finer and will be able to be waxed at a shorter length.
Know that it can take up to three waxing treatments to get that silky smooth skin. This is because your hair grows in stages and all of your hair is always at different stages. Avoid shaving between appointments because this interrupts the process and makes the hair grow again.
Make Waxing a Regular Thing
Book your waxing appointments every four to five weeks. Being consistent with a routine is essential because it makes the skin less sensitive. Over time, the hairs will come out easier.
In addition, your hair may grow less over time as you keep waxing.
Be Cautious of Certain Medications and Products
If you're planning to have a waxing appointment soon, know that there are certain products and medications that can make the skin more sensitive. This can increase your risk for irritation and other complications.
Retin-A, Renova, and hydroquinone are a few topical exfoliants to steer clear from. Also avoid oral acne medications like Accutane, blood-thinning medications, and cortisone.
Don't Shower Beforehand
Avoid taking a shower or bath right before your waxing appointment. If your hair is soft, it can break more easily and make waxing less effective.
Everyone's Skin has Different Reactions
You'll likely experience redness and some minor irritation for the first couple days after your waxing treatment. You may have some itchiness as the hair grows out too. Take proper care of your skin after your wax to alleviate these symptoms.
Since everyone has different reactions to waxing, you may want to experiment enough time ahead of a special event. Book an appointment for a month in advance to see how your skin reacts. If all goes well, plan to come back a week before your event.
Post-Wax Skin Care
It is possible that you may get ingrown hairs. To avoid that from happening, keep your skin gently exfoliated.
Two days after your wax, use a gentle scrub to exfoliate the area. Tea tree and lavender oil work well because their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties work to prevent irritation. Keep exfoliating once or twice a week.
Also, wear loose-fitting clothes in the few days following your appointment to let your skin breathe. You want to reduce moisture in the areas where you were waxed so the hair follicle doesn't receive any bacteria. Avoid heavy exercise for at least two days after waxing.
Smooth for the Summer
Now that you know what to expect, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of our summer specials and get a Brazilian wax! Never worry about an overgrown bikini line while you're at the beach this summer!
Dedicated and passionate Astra Medispa staff.