The ongoing battle against unwanted body hair has many people searching for a permanent hair reduction treatment. Laser hair removal has evolved over the past few years, and is now considered one of the leading permanent hair removal treatments on the market. But what many don’t realise is that laser hair removal is more than just a cosmetic treatment, there are some potential medical benefits associated with the procedure as well.
What is laser hair removal?
This innovative hair removal technique uses laser technology to stunt hair growth with several sessions significantly reducing your hair growth. The technician uses a hand-held laser that sends pulses of highly-concentrated light directly into your hair follicles. The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the intense pulsed light which will then eventually destroy the hair, preventing future growth. Because the laser will target the hair in its active growth stage, there’s more chance of success and you should only require three to six sessions before enjoying long-term results.
Medical benefits of laser hair removal
While laser hair removal is primarily a cosmetic procedure, you’ll find a number of associated medical benefits that make it well worth trying.
- Reduced ingrown hairs
If you’ve been struggling with ingrown hairs including irritated, itchy, painful skin, then you should try laser hair removal. An ingrown hair is basically when the hair grows into the skin rather than upward, but with laser hair removal, the reduction in hair growth means significantly less chance of ingrown hairs.
2. Folliculitis management
Another uncomfortable condition associated with hair growth is folliculitis. This is essentially where the hair follicles get infected or inflamed as a result of bacteria or fungi. With laser hair removal, you’re reducing hair growth which limits the potential for any infection or inflammation as a result of folliculitis. If this is a chronic condition, then laser hair removal is definitely a good option.
3. Treating hirsutism
Hirsutism is a condition that affects both men and women, resulting in excessive hair growth. In women, hirsutism typically causes excessive, thick and dark hair growth in areas that are not considered typical for women such as the face, chest, and back. With laser hair removal, you’re able to better manage the growth of unwanted body and facial hair for a more long-term solution.
4. Relief from razor bumps
Razor bumps – or pseudofolliculitis barbae for the more scientific term – is a condition that happens to the skin after shaving, whereby it becomes inflamed and irritated. If you’re prone to razor bumps, then laser hair removal is a great alternative, as it will minimise hair growth and diminish the likelihood of razor bumps.
5. Manages excessive sweating
Hyperhidrosis is a condition whereby the body sweats excessively, usually in particular areas such as the underarms. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, then one of the best ways to manage it is to reduce the amount of hair growing on your body, and laser is the ideal solution for this. By reducing hair growth, you can potentially minimise the body heat which leads to less sweating.
6. Improved self-care
Unwanted hair can lead to unnecessary embarrassment and self-consciousness which can impact your self-confidence. This has far-reaching effects on all aspects of your life, as you’re not focused on achieving your goals but rather mortified by your appearance. With laser hair removal treatment, you’re addressing this unwanted hair, boosting your self-esteem, and looking good in the process! It’s not only physically beneficial but psychologically as well.
What are some other benefits of laser hair removal?
While laser hair removal is by no means the only form of hair removal treatment, it’s perhaps one of the most effective in the long run. Here are some of the other benefits you can look forward to with a laser treatment plan.
Laser is a quick treatment
While it does depend on the size of the area you’ll be treating, laser hair removal is actually a lot faster than you would expect. To treat your underarms or bikini area, you’re looking at around 20 minutes per session, while it will take around an hour to treat your arms or legs. This means that you don’t have to put aside a whole day for treatment, you’re in and out very quickly.
Laser is cost-effective in the long run
Of course, the price of laser hair removal treatment might appear higher than alternatives such as waxing or shaving, but it’s a much more cost-effective treatment over time. After around six sessions, you won’t require much more, with waxing and shaving building up massive costs as they are only temporary solutions. Rather save for the upfront cost of laser hair removal and save that money in the long run!
Laser is time-saving
Hair removal can be one of the most arduous undertakings because of all the time spent, for very little reward. If you shave, then this could be a regular occurrence, depending on your hair type and growth. If you wax, you’re looking at a monthly treatment of around an hour or so and, before you know it, you have to schedule your next appointment.
Laser doesn’t require growing hair out
If you’re currently waxing, then you know the pain of having to grow your hair out before your next treatment. That gives you around three days of smooth skin before the stubble and hairy nightmare starts all over again. This is not the case with laser treatment as you don’t have to grow out your hair in between sessions, you can shave if you prefer – in fact, it’s encouraged!
Tips for laser hair removal
If you’ve decided to go ahead with laser hair removal, good idea! Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your sessions.
- Shave the area within 24 hours prior to treatment as this makes it easier to target the hair follicle.
- Do not tweeze, wax, or pluck the area as this will remove the hair follicles that need to be targeted.
- Avoid sun exposure or tanning products for 4 weeks before treatment.
- You can thoroughly exfoliate the entire area beforehand.
Remember that only those trained and certified to operate cosmetic laser treatment devices should perform your laser hair removal. Allure Laser & Skin Studio is Mackay’s leading medical cosmetic clinic with exceptional standards. All quality services and treatments, including laser hair removal, are performed based on proper guidelines and protocols, overseen by a doctor on site.