Hair Removal: What You Need To Know
There are many reasons someone might decide to remove their hair. But if you’re looking for a more permanent solution than shaving, waxing, threading, or chemically removing hair can offer, professional hair removal is an option.
Professional Hair Removal: What Are My Options?
Here are some options if you’re looking to remove your hair for the long term.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal uses a targeted laser beam to destroy hair follicles that produce hair. Results can last three to six months or longer before hair grows back visibly. A series of six to eight treatments, spaced eight to 12 weeks apart, is usually required for permanent results.
Before undergoing laser hair removal, you should know the potential risks. The side effects of laser hair removal can include blistering, skin discolouration, redness, swelling and scarring. Pigmentation problems, such as white spots where laser treatment occurred, tend to be a greater risk with tanned or darker skin.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Unlike with laser hair removal, these machines are not lasers. These machines use a highly concentrated beam of light, often in conjunction with a cream or gel, to burn the hair shaft. IPLs produce a wide bandwidth of light that can heat all the surrounding tissue, making it less effective in disrupting hair growth and a higher risk for burns, especially on darker skin.
The risks of IPL can include eye injury, skin pigmentation changes, scarring, and paradoxical hair stimulation.
Talk To A Hair Removal Specialist
Given the significant risk of injury involved with these procedure, you should definitely consult a certified professional before undergoing the process. If you have any questions about hair removal, and what the best option is for you, we are glad to answer your inquiries!