Do you you constantly and rigorously shave every day only to deal with stubble only two hours later? Do you get frustrated by hair on your chin, back, upper lip, underarms, or bikini area? Have you suffered through waxes and desperately wished there was an easier, less painful option?
If so, then Malibu Medical Group in Malibu, CA offers the perfect option for you: laser hair removal.
Not only is this treatment long-lasting (for some, it’s even permanent!), but it precludes the annoyance of daily shaves or the intense pain of waxes. It’s safe for all skin types and effective for most as well.
Laser hair removal is one of the easiest ways to remove unwanted hair and allow you to enjoy whatever moment or situation you find yourself in without worrying about whether you need to shave, wax, or pluck beforehand.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal uses a high-energy laser to target the melanin in dark hairs while not damaging the skin around them. Each laser pulse takes less than a second and targets multiple hairs at once. The most common places to get treated are the legs, bikini line, underarms, upper lip, and chin.
The risks during laser hair removal are very minor. The most common side effects are skin irritation or pigment changes, which will likely disappear within a couple of hours.
How does it work?
The high-energy laser will focus a beam of light at the root of each of your hair follicles. This will damage the follicle and stop it from growing. Shortly after your treatment, you may notice the hair begin to shed, which is a sign that the treatment was successful. You’ll then have entirely smooth skin for 4-6 weeks. Hair growth should resume after that time period. When you see those fine hairs growing back in, it’s then time for your next treatment.
It usually takes between four to eight treatments over a six month period to fully treat an area.
Your results will be dependent on your hair color and skin type. Once you have completed all four to eight treatments, you may then need a couple appointments a year to maintain, but that will be dependent on the results you get after your initial set of treatments.
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Why do you need to try laser hair removal?
Some of the benefits may be clear (hair-free all the time!), but here are just a few more to consider:
- It saves you time.
In some statistics, it’s been reported that women spend an average period of 72 days in a lifetime just shaving their legs. Consider all of the time you currently spend shaving your legs or underarms, waxing, or driving to and from waxing appointments.
Laser hair removal will immediately allow you to gain that time back.
2. It saves you money.
In some statistics, women are spending between $10,207 and $23,000 in a lifetime on waxing, hair removal creams, or shaving. Shaving alone costs most women about $15.87 a month. That tiny expense certainly adds up over time.
Laser hair removal does have an upfront cost, but it will save you money in the long run. You’ll no longer need to purchase hair removal creams, razors, shaving cream, or regular wax treatments.
3. It won’t give you ingrown hairs or razor burn.
Many women struggle with ingrown hairs, either from shaving or waxing. These are unsightly and embarrassing, especially around the bikini area if you’re planning on donning a bathing suit anytime soon. Since you’re not removing your hair with a razor anymore, you also won’t have to worry about razor burn.
Laser hair removal gives you completely smooth skin and can even treat ingrown hairs.
4. It’s fast.
Laser hair removal treatments are surprisingly fast. The length of your treatment will, of course, depend on how large of an area that you’re getting treated. You’ll also only need treatments every 4-6 weeks until you have permanent or near-permanent results.
5. It’s safe and relatively pain-free.
Laser hair removal is an FDA-approved procedure, and the side effects are minor. With anesthetic cream, it’s also considerably less painful than waxing or plucking.
6. It works.
Most patients will have smooth, hair-free skin for 6-12 months. Many experience permanent hair loss, a significant reduction of hair, or hair loss that’s easily maintained with just a couple appointments a year.