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Let’s Talk About It: Laser Hair Removal

When it comes to getting your skin sleek, shiny, and Summer ready, you’ve got options — and you’ll want to consider all of them before making a decision.

Most of us are probably familiar with shaving, because it’s quick, portable, and fairly inexpensive. But hair is only removed at the skin level, and will likely grow back within a matter of hours or days. Getting too careless with a razor blade can also lead to razor burn, ingrown hairs, or nicking yourself. Depilatory creams dissolve hair in minutes, but can leave behind a chemical odor. Waxing goes deeper to remove hair at the root, so your legs stay smooth for weeks. But be warned: waxing is a painful process, and it itches when the hair grows back.

Other hair removal options include sugaring, which is similar to waxing, and electrolysis, which involves a fine needle being inserted into the skin and kills each hair follicle with an electric current. If you’re thinking this sounds painful, you’re right, and each session is expensive and time consuming.

That brings us to laser hair removal, a long-lasting option which targets each follicle to minimize hair growth. The laser detects the hair by focusing on pigment cells which are not matched by the skin, then focuses all the way down to the root. After a few sessions, you can throw your razor away and say goodbye to body hair. But before you schedule your first appointment, let’s recap the finer points of laser hair removal:

  • Laser hair removal drastically reduces hair growth to the point where you may be able to stop shaving all together.
  • It can be performed almost anywhere on the body.
  • It’s a process. Laser hair removal may require several appointments to achieve the desired results, but trust us — good things come to those who wait.  
  • How much does it hurt? The sting has been compared to a rubber band snapping against your skin. It all depends on your unique pain threshold.

Ready to ditch the days of razor burn and itchy skin? Book your consultation at Dermatology Center of Arcadia today. Our licensed practitioners can help you feel great in your skin without the extra hassle. 

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