Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to remove body hair. Using pulses of light and heat, laser hair removal targets hair follicles to deactivate them and prevent future hair growth. The benefits of laser hair removal are endless and that is why thousands of people seek out the procedure every year. Additionally, laser hair removal sessions have become much less painful with the advancement of laser technology and are safe for dark skin tones. Here are 11 laser hair removal benefits from the experts at Seattle Plastic Surgery.
11 Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
1. Long Lasting Results
Laser hair removal is considered a way to permanently reduce hair growth. While commonly used to address unwanted body hair, it can treat the face, extremities, and nearly any body part where you have unwanted hair. After about four hair removal sessions, you should see a noticeable reduction in hair and will not need to shave or wax as much. Future hair removal sessions can further reduce hair growth.
2. Little Aftercare
After a laser hair removal session, there is little the patient needs to do. The main instruction is to keep the treated area out of the sun. If treating the legs or similar areas, this is not difficult. For the face area, making sure to wear sun protection, a hat, and stay out of the sun is usually enough. Thus, our master estheticians tend to recommend undergoing laser hair removal in the wintertime. However, this is not strictly necessary and one of the benefits of laser hair removal is that it can be safely performed anywhere, anytime.
3. Few Side Effects
When compared to other hair removal techniques, laser hair removal benefits include fewer side effects. With the advancement of lasers and the triple wavelength laser, hair removal treatment now offers few side effects, especially with repeated treatment. While some mild side effects are possible, they generally do not hinder a patient’s lifestyle.
4. Short Sessions
The average laser hair removal session for one area is between ten and twenty minutes. If treating multiple areas, it may last up to an hour. In rare cases of full-body laser hair removal, laser hair removal can last up to an hour and a half. Still, when compared to other hair removal treatments, the benefits of laser hair removal largely outweigh the cons.
5. Prevent Ingrown Hairs
A lesser-known benefit of laser hair removal is that it can help prevent ingrown hairs. If you are someone who is prone to ingrown hairs, laser hair removal can help reduce them, particularly by eliminating the need for shaving or waxing often after your initial sessions.
New triple-wavelength lasers allow master estheticians to change the wavelength of the laser to match the patient’s hair and skin type. Due to this, instead of using painful IPL lasers for hair removal, the new lasers are better calibrated and virtually painless for most. Numbing cream is not necessary. Certain areas may be more sensitive than others, but even in these areas, the discomfort is minimal.
7. Safer Than Ever
Older forms of laser hair removal were not suitable for darker skin tones and came with an increased risk of pigmentation issues or burns for all patients. The newer lasers for hair removal have minimal associated risks and rarely cause an adverse result when set to the right settings for each individual.
8. Minimal Recovery
Post-procedure pain or swelling is unlikely with laser hair removal. You may notice some slight redness and at most feel a sunburn-like sensation. In rare instances, patients may see a very moderate amount of swelling, but this will usually go away within a day or so.
9. Precise Lasers
The precise lasers now utilized for hair removal are one of the top laser hair removal benefits because they target only the melanin in the hair follicles without damaging the skin. It is also more effective and less painful than traditional laser hair removal lasers.
10. Promotes Good Skin
In addition to helping remove unwanted hair, lasers are also used to help rejuvenate the skin, remove tattoos, and treat certain skin conditions. While all of these conditions may use a different type of laser, one of the benefits of laser hair removal is that it can also help treat the skin in the areas you are having hair removed.
11. Convenient Hair Removal
Traditional hair removal methods like shaving and waxing must be performed frequently, are painful, and can take large amounts of time. A laser hair removal appointment is generally around thirty minutes every four to six weeks which makes it one of the most convenient hair removal options available.
Why Choose Seattle Plastic Surgery for Laser Hair Removal?
When considering a professional hair removal laser hair treatment or co2 laser resurfacing, patients have options in both the procedure they seek and the provider. The master estheticians at Seattle Plastic Surgery offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation so patients can learn more about if hair removal treatment is right for them.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.