“I am Armenian, so of course I am obsessed with laser hair removal! Arms, bikini, legs, underarms… my entire body is hairless”, says Kim Kardashian in a recent interview with Allure magazine. Talk about a smooth operator!
TMI? Well, like it or not, we all now know that Kim’s beauty regimen consists of getting rid of all the hair from her body. Laser hair removal shouldn’t have to be a secret, though. In fact it’s one of our favorite ways of freeing ourselves from unwanted fuzz.
Read on to find out the low down on Laser Hair Removal!
I’m with Kim when it comes to loving laser hair removal. Many women find the hair growing on their legs, underarms, upper lip or anywhere else unattractive, especially if the public can see . Shaving daily, threading, or tweezing can be extremely time consuming since your hair always grows back. Waxing may last a little longer, but it has it’s downsides too. In fact, too much waxing on the face can often cause long term damage such as a scars from a burn or even wrinkles. Yikes!
Laser hair removal (LHR) is a super easy treatment to endure. While any skin color can be treated, hair that is brown to black will respond the best to permanent reduction via laser. This is important to keep in mind since most lasers can not see hairs that are blonde or white. Within four weeks before and after a treatment, tweezing, waxing, and electrolysis are not recommended. Shaving is ok before and between treatments if you need to look, ahem, presentable.
During the treatment, LHR will have a warm sensation combined with the feeling of mild rubber band snaps against the skin. Don’t worry, the heat will quickly dissipate and your skin should feel fairly normal immediately after. Hydrocortisone cream can be applied as needed for any inflammation or itching and sunscreen should be worn daily in any treated area. Your skin will be particularly vulnerable to getting burned so slather it on even if it’s overcast.
The hardest part of the treatment is having to be patient. It takes an average of four to eight sessions for the treatments to eradicate the hair. Why so many? You have to remember that only the hair that is actively growing will get zapped away permanently with LHR. At any given time, only about thirty percent of your hair is actually actively growing. Hair grows in different stages over time, so you should schedule your visits about four to six weeks apart until you are able to catch the majority of the hairs in the growing phase.
It is not unreasonable to assume that after a series of treatments, you will have very little (if any!) hair left. So with a bit of dedication, you too can be as smooth and soft all of the time just like Kim! Always be sure to use a reputable treatment center, and to adhere to any aftercare that your practitioner recommends.
With LHR you too can be care-free and hair-free! Or if you’re not into the laser idea, learn more about waxing instead! Click here.
Laura Pietrzak, MSHS, PA-CInstitute Manager, Aesthetic and Clinical Skincare
Marina Plastic Surgery Associates www.MarinaPlasticSurgery.com
Photo Credit: Michael Thompson,Allure Magazine, okmagazine.com
NOTICE: None of the celebrities or individuals discussed here have ever received treatment, surgery, medical advice, or evaluations from any author, physician, surgeon, or representative of this blog. All images and photos in this article represent models only. No actual patients or clients are shown.