If you’re like many people, you’re sick of shaving – and whether you do it every day, every couple of days or every week. Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of body hair so you don’t have to think about shaving, waxing, or even electrolysis treatments: laser hair reduction.
Laser hair reduction terminates the hair cells responsible for your unwanted body hair, and the best part is that it doesn’t harm the surrounding skin. This guide explains how to get rid of body hair using laser treatments from CosMedic LaserMD.
Can You Really Get Rid of Body Hair Permanently?
It is possible to rid yourself of body hair using laser hair removal treatments. Generally, because your body has the ability to create new hair cells on its own, hair removal treatments can’t guarantee that you’ll always have baby-smooth skin. Additionally, because hair grows in five different phases, you need multiple treatments with a laser to catch all of the cells currently producing hair on your body. However, laser hair removal treatments are incredibly effective in reducing the amount of body hair you have.
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Saying Goodbye to Your Razor for Good
Laser hair removal treatments are effective for people with all skin types and hair types. In a doctor’s hands, a hair removal laser can target the cells that produce hair on various areas of the body; after the laser damages or destroys these cells, they are no longer able to produce new hair growth.
Note: Your body is capable of producing new hair cells. That means you may need maintenance treatments in the future that address the new cells.
All About Laser Body Hair Removal
Using light-based technology, your doctor can remove the hassle of dealing with unwanted facial and body hair to simplify your life. The following sections explain how laser body hair removal works, as well as what you can expect from treatments.
Does Laser Body Hair Removal Hurt?
Laser body hair removal doesn’t hurt. In fact, the laser we use at CosMedic Laser MD – called the ICON – is designed with a feature called Advanced Contact Cooling(SM). This feature maintains a cool and comfortable 41-degree F temperature on your skin, and we can adjust that up or down based on your comfort.
How Does the Laser Work to Remove Body Hair?
The FDA-approved laser we use for body hair removal is able to read the amount of melanin in your skin. That’s essential, because it enables the laser to determine the average density necessary to effectively treat your hair growth. That means treatment is individualized for you; the setting we use is based on your skin’s inherent characteristics, so you get the most effective treatment possible.
After the settings are perfected, you’ll put on a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from the light. The doctor activates the laser, which passes through your skin and into your hair follicles. The heat from the laser damages the follicles, which makes them unable to grow hair. You may feel some warmth, and some people report a little discomfort – but you’ll also feel a cooling sensation at the same time. Many people simply say that it feels different from anything they’re used to feeling.
How Long Does it Take to Remove Body Hair With Laser Treatments?
One treatment session, depending on the size of the area being treated, takes only minutes. Naturally, larger areas take more time. For example, removing hair from your upper lip may take one to two minutes, while removing hair from a larger area, such as the back or your legs come on may take a few minutes more.
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How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do You Need?
Hair grows in five distinct phases, which means you’ll most likely need to come in for between two and six treatments. The number of treatments you need – as well as how far apart they need to be – depends on the areas you’re treating.
Where Can You Use Laser Treatments to Remove Body Hair?
You can use laser treatments to remove body hair nearly anywhere (though it’s not safe to use it around the eyelids or surrounding areas – it’s a laser, after all). Many people choose to remove body hair from areas such as:
- Upper lip
- Bikini area
Is Laser Hair Removal a Good Option for Members of the Trans Community?
Laser hair removal is absolutely a great choice for members of the trans community – it can free you from having to shave, wax or otherwise remove body hair that you don’t want.
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Ready to Talk About Getting Rid of Body Hair?
Our Ann Arbor med spa can help you get the look you want, from clear and youthful skin to fat reduction. Call or text us at 734-249-8722 or fill out the form below to get in touch.