There’s nothing quite like feeling the sun kiss your skin during the summer months. But baring your skin when you have unwanted hair can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. There’s no reason that you shouldn’t start feeling comfortable in your skin right now. Laser hair removal is the easiest and most effective way to get rid of unwanted hair and feel more like you! And you can get all of your hair removal needs taken care of at Spa Noor, located in Fall River, MA.
At What Age Is Laser Hair Removal Most Effective?
One great thing about this treatment is that it’s effective at any age. Whether you are 19 or 89, this treatment is the best way to permanently reduce your hair. The best time for you to seek treatment is whenever you realize that you have unwanted hair that you would be happier without.
This hair removal method is even safe for teens. Many teens start getting hair in places that they don’t want and believe that they’ll simply grow out of it after puberty. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. However, teenagers can safely access effective hair removal treatment, with the consent of their parents.
Unwanted Hair on Young Adults
In your 20s and 30s, your life begins to get busier as you establish yourself in your career and in the adult world. When you’re a teen, you have plenty of time to shave and pluck away unwanted hair. As you grow older, you have less and less time to spend on getting rid of unwanted hair and it can become a burdensome task.
Even though getting rid of your unwanted hair might seem like just a small act of hygiene, it’s easy to let this fall to the wayside as you become busier in your life. And what’s worse is that your self-esteem might also begin to decrease as live with your unwanted hair.
That’s why so many young adults seek laser hair removal treatments to get rid of their unwanted hair. It’s the perfect time to invest in your self-esteem and your future.
Unwanted Hair on Older Adults
Plenty of older adults haven’t dealt much with unwanted hair until later in life. Aging causes many changes in the body, and one of them can be hair popping up in places where you previously did not have hair. Or hair that already existed may become thicker and more difficult to get rid of.
You may also find that hygiene practices you had no problem engaging in regularly before have now become more difficult. For example, shaving may start to irritate your skin. Or, plucking and waxing may be more painful because of the thinning of the skin that occurs as you age.
It’s never too late to get rid of unwanted hair; don’t think that just because you are an older adult, you’re too old to have laser treatment. It’s a great time to start feeling more comfortable in your skin.
Laser Hair Removal
During the treatment, a laser emits light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. Once the light energy is absorbed, it is converted to heat energy. The heat damages the follicle inside your skin that is responsible for producing hairs. The damaged follicle then has a more difficult time producing hair in the future.
What About Other Methods of Removing Hair?
There are clearly other ways to get rid of unwanted hair. So why is laser removal the best option, and why do so many choose it over other methods? Let’s look further into the other possible methods to see why laser removal is your best bet.
One of the most popular methods of removing large areas of hair is shaving. Buying a razor is cheap, and you can easily do it at home. But the amount of time it takes to keep up with shaving regularly is astounding. Research shows that the average woman will spend 85 whole days of her life shaving! When you start shaving, your soft hair grows back thicker and more stubbly every time. And you have to continue to do it regularly, for the rest of forever!
There are plenty of different creams on the market that get rid of hair. While they might smell slightly better than they did a decade ago, that isn’t because they are any less harmful. Depilatory creams are full of harsh chemicals that basically turn your hair into jelly. While that’s an effective way to get rid of your hair, it’s also damaging to your skin’s health. Plus, because you’re only getting rid of hair from the skin upward, you have to continue to use these creams just as regularly as you would have to shave.
Waxing is well known to be extremely painful. Even if you’ve never been waxed yourself, you’ve definitely seen some television episodes where the extreme pain of waxing is a storyline. So, while this is an effective way to get rid of hair, it’s not worth the pain. Plus, waxing doesn’t permanently reduce the hair the way laser treatments do.
Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s review some of the most common questions regarding this treatment.
How Many Treatments Are Needed for Permanent Hair Reduction?
It can take anywhere from two to ten treatments to permanently reduce your unwanted hair. It also depends on the type of laser that is used. At Spa Noor, we use top-tier lasers from Cynosure and Sciton BBL, which are both leading developers and manufacturers in the arena. That means that our lasers use cutting-edge technology to give you the smooth, hairless skin you’re looking for.
How Often Can You Get a Laser Treatment?
How often you are able to get a laser treatment depends on the area which is being treated. That’s because this treatment is most effective during the hair’s growth phase, also called anagen. Different areas of the body go through the growth cycle at different paces, so your treatments will be scheduled based on the area of the body being treated, and how long the hair’s growth cycle takes in that particular area.
Anagen is the active growth phase for your hair follicles, where the cells at the root of the hair divide rapidly. This causes the hair to grow and extend to the hair shaft. Because of the rapid growth, your follicles are most receptive to laser treatments at this time.
Does Hair Fall Out Immediately After the Treatment?
When you walk out of our office after your first treatment, nothing will have seemed to change. Your hair won’t start falling out immediately after but will shed over a period of days to weeks. As you continue to have more treatments, you will notice that your hair grows back more slowly and that less of it grows back each time.
What Does Long Term Hair Reduction Look Like?
Laser treatment doesn’t promise total hair removal, but it does promise long-term hair reduction. What this means in the long-term is that if you do have hair grow back, far less hair will grow back than you previously had. Whatever hair does grow will grow very slowly, and the hair itself will be thinner and easy to remove. You may need to go in for occasional treatments to maintain long-term results.
How Do You Prepare for This Treatment?
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready for hair removal, the first step is to make an appointment for a consultation. At your consultation, your doctor will ask you about your medical history. It’s important that you let them know about any health concerns you currently have or have had in the past, especially any skin conditions. If you’ve had any sort of laser treatments before, let your doctor know and discuss the results. Your doctor will ask about any medications you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, supplements, and herbs.
Your doctor will also give you specific instructions to help you prepare for the treatment.
Stay Out of the Sun
You should avoid sun exposure before treatment for about two weeks. When you do go outside, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.
Lighten Your Skin
If you’ve recently tanned, your doctor might prescribe a skin bleaching cream to lighten your tan. You should also avoid any sunless tanner creams to keep your skin as light as possible. The treatment is most effective when there is a contrast between the pigments of the skin and the hair.
Avoid Certain Hair Removal Methods
For several weeks before treatment, avoid hair removal methods like waxing, plucking, or electrolysis. These methods can disturb the hair follicle and can keep laser treatment from being effective.
Avoid Certain Medications
Your doctor will let you know which medications you can keep taking prior to treatment, and which you should stop. This includes certain anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, that can have the side effect of thinning your blood.
Shave the Treatment Area
The day before you have laser treatment, it’s important that you trim or shave the area being treated. Shaving leaves the follicle below the skin intact while removing the hair above the skin so that it does not burn you when the laser energy is turned into heat energy.
What Can You Expect During This Treatment?
During the treatment, a hand-held laser instrument will be pressed to your skin. You will be given glasses to wear to protect your eyes from the light of the laser. When the instrument is activated, the laser will pass through your skin to the hair follicles beneath. The laser beam will turn into heat and damage the hair follicle, inhibiting future growth.
The length of treatment depends on the size of the body area being treated. If you’re having a small area treated, like your upper lip, it may only take a couple of minutes. If you’re having your legs treated, on the other hand, it may take as long as an hour.
How Do You Care for Yourself After Treatment?
After your laser treatment, and between your scheduled treatments, do your best to avoid sunlight. You shouldn’t use a tanning bed for at least six weeks after your final treatment. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen daily to help protect your skin.
Don’t resign yourself to living the rest of your life uncomfortable with the skin you’re in. If you have unwanted hair, it’s time to get rid of it and get on with your life. Laser hair removal makes getting rid of hair easier than ever before, and it’s time you find out for yourself why it’s such a popular treatment.
To schedule a consultation, or to ask any further questions about laser hair removal, give us a call at Spa Noor, in Fall River, MA.