If you have grown tired of the constant shaving, waxing and tweezing that accompanies hair removal, laser treatment may be a perfect solution to your ongoing problem. Aside from being time-consuming, these tiresome grooming routines are largely ineffective. The results usually last only a few days and the hair quickly grows back. Laser treatment produces results that last and cause a continued reduction in regrowth. In addition, these treatments do not cause blistering, cuts or razor burns like other methods. Almost every part of the body can be helped with the use of lasers including the chest, legs, arms, face and bikini line.
If you're worried about the laser beam causing extreme discomfort or pain, you needn't worry. The sensation that occurs during the procedure can be compared to snapping a rubber band up against your bare skin. Although a bit startling, the feeling is temporary and brief. After the treatment is complete you may experience red, swollen skin for a few days. This soon fades, however, and smooth, hairless skin will take its place. If treatment continues, shaving, waxing and plucking may become a thing of the past.
Laser hair removal became a method available to the general public in 1988. Since then many have experienced dramatic results, with dark, course-haired individuals with light complexions being the best candidates. Although new lasers exist today that remove unwanted hair from light-haired and dark-skinned patients, the therapy is still not recommended for those with blonde hair or "peach fuzz". Because melanin, which produces pigment in the hair, is the laser's real target, lighter hair, which has a lower melanin content, does not respond as well to this method.
Prior to beginning treatment, it is important to determine whether you have a medical condition that causes extreme hair growth. Some individuals have hair that grows at an unusually rapid rate and, as laser treatment is geared toward natural hair growth patterns, this condition may render the treatment unsuccessful. Speak to your dermatologist about this before starting treatment.
Lupus, diabetes, ovarian disease and/or thyroid disease are among the number of other conditions that will disqualify a candidate from laser hair removal. In addition, moles or tattoos can make treatment difficult and may result in mediocre results. Again, discussing these factors with your dermatologist prior to beginning a treatment schedule is of the utmost importance.