Summary: We’re all familiar with the pains of grooming hair. Whether you’re shaving your legs or your face, shaving and waxing can be a pain—and can cost you a lot of time. The solution is a procedure called laser hair removal.
The Pain of Shaving
There’s no doubt that shaving can be a pain in the rear end. And that’s even if you don’t cut yourself. Indeed, there are all kinds of negative side effects associated with shaving. Shaving can dry out your skin and cause rashes. It can make the hair incredibly uncomfortable when it grows back. And it’s time consuming. Just think about all of those minutes every day, wasted, as you shave. While this is true for men (indeed, the ideal male body is growing ever more hairless), this is especially true for women—there’s more pressure and, well, more body to cover.
The “ideal” woman, after all, is expected to be totally hairless. But you can’t really shave your entire body. Nor should you be expected to. I mean, let’s face it, this is a completely unrealistic “ideal.” And it’s not one that makes a whole lot of sense (if you want to know where this ideal came from, do some research about razor companies and World War II). In any event, whether these expectations are realistic, fair, or attainable, there’s a lot of pressure to meet them. There are, of course, alternatives to shaving.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Some people, women especially, favor waxing. The process is more painful and time consuming, but waxing does yield some substantial results. First and foremost, the skin is smoother after a wax than it is after a shave. Additionally, because the hair is yanked out, basically, in its entirety, there’s no discomfort as the hair grows back in (that discomfort is caused by the jagged edge left by a razor). But still: there’s the pain, there’s the time, and there’s the money. Whether you go to a salon or do it at home, both shaving and waxing mean recurring expenses.
One of the most popular alternatives to shaving and waxing, for both men and women, is laser hair removal. In fact, many patients have commented on and have been convinced by laser hair removal benefits that never seem to end. But before we get to those benefits, let’s take a look at how laser hair removal works. Because it might sound a little intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple. Laser hair removal works because the laser system in question targets the root area of each hair. The machine itself works on a particular wavelength of energy that your hair follicles are not particularly big fans of.
Laser Hair Removal Benefits
By destroying the hair at the root, the laser system effectively neutralizes the hair. This means it won’t grow back. Now, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Laser hair removal systems work best when there’s a contrast (dark hair on light skin, for example), but there is a wide variety of patients who benefit from the procedure. Second, it may take up to four sessions to effectively eliminate all the hair. The reason for this is the way that your hair grows: in most cases, hair grows cyclically. So in order to target all of your hair, you have to wait until that particular batch has grown out.
So what are the laser hair removal benefits everyone keeps talking about? Well, it turns out, they’re both simple and effective. The benefits of laser hair removal include:
- Smoother, softer skin
- Most patients no longer need to shave or wax the treated area ever again
- No shaving or waxing means that you save money each week or month on shaving and waxing costs
- You’re able to dress with more confidence, as you always know the treated area will be smooth
- You can eliminate hair from problem areas that are either impractical or difficult to wax or shave (such as one’s back)
- Patients are able to save time by not having to shave or wax
Get Smooth Today!
When it comes to laser hair removal, these benefits are difficult to overstate. Let’s put it this way: even in Minneapolis laser hair removal is popular. That’s a place where your hair is covered up for nine months out of the year thanks to the weather. When it comes right down to it, getting a smooth body can be incredibly time consuming and difficult. And while laser hair removal is not necessarily a leisurely walk in the part, it will likely save you time and money in the long run.
Laser surgery works for most everyone, but you should still consult with your cosmetic or plastic surgeon before deciding to go ahead with this procedure. Smoother legs could be just around the corner—and all without shaving!