Getting Rid Of Unwanted Body Hair: Part 2

Continued from Part 1

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the most effective long-term solution for hair removal. It involves passing a laser over the skin, which destroys the hair follicles and stops the hair growth at the root. Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair from even the most sensitive body parts, including the upper lip, chin, cheeks, under arm, bikini, legs, back, and arms. Laser treatments are more expensive upfront than other hair removal options, but they are more successful and less costly in the long run. Ask for a test area to be treated before you go through an entire procedure so you can see how much energy will be needed to remove your body hair. This will minimize the risk of complication. Most patients require a series of 4-6 treatments spaced a couple of months apart.

Who Can Get Laser Hair Removal?

The best candidates for laser hair removal are those that have lighter skin and darker hair, as dark hairs absorb the energy more effectively. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon or aesthetician about your options to determine if laser hair removal is right for you.

Where Can I Get Laser Hair Removal?

There are a number of centers that specialize in laser hair removal, depending on where you live. Centers differ in their lasers, skill levels, and cost. Be certain to use an experienced and certified laser aesthetician overseen by a plastic surgeon or trained, certified physician. Understand the risks and benefits of this procedure before you commit to it so you can make an informed decision.

Depilatory Creams

Depilatory creams are typically used for facial hair. They are more effective than shaving because they go beneath the skin's surface to remove the hair. Much like waxing though, these treatments do not destroy the hair follicles, so they are not as effective as laser hair removal. You may complete a depilatory cream treatment at home or with the help of a professional aesthetician. Always start in an inconspicuous area and test a small patch first. Wash your face, and apply a warm washcloth for a few minutes before applying the cream. This will soften the skin, open your pores, and allow the depilatory to be better absorbed. Follow the wait times listed in the instructions to achieve the best results. Rinse the area thoroughly. Beware that depilatory creams can be irritating. They contain chemicals that burn the hair off. If you find that you are sensitive and your skin is irritated, apply a soothing ointment or lotion with aloe.

Final Thoughts

Whether your reasons for hair removal are cosmetic, religious, or medical, you have many options to get rid of unwanted body hair. You can opt for temporary procedures or laser treatments that offer a long-lasting result. Consider the time you have, your budget, and the type of skin and hair you have to find the best solution for your hair removal needs. Learn about the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes before trying any method.
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