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Do you ever have that one day when you just don’t feel like shaving? While being aware of existing options to remove hair for extended periods of time, it’s often a question of which method will have the longest or best results. Laser hair removal and electrolysis have become two of the most popular options for long-term hair removal and permanent reduction. Here is a closer look at each of these treatments.
Laser Hair Removal
Traditional hair removal techniques such as shaving, plucking and waxing provide only temporary relief. The GentleLASE safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini areas are usually done in less than ten minutes; legs and larger areas take a little longer.
Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of cosmetic procedures including treating facial and leg veins, age spots and smoothing fine lines on the face. The GentleLASE; a revolutionary long-pulse high-energy alexandrite laser system, emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the follicle leaving the surrounding skin unchanged. The skin is further protected during treatment by a dynamic cooling process where a cryogen is sprayed onto the skin which cools the upper layers and provides additional comfort to the patient. The selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectively treating the unwanted hair.
Laser hair removal prices vary. Prices based on area to be treated and hair density. Prices will be given during the required consultation visit.
Electrolysis is a relatively painless hair removal procedure where a patient experiences the sensation of heat or tingling in the area being treated. Electrolysis uses a low level electrical current to eliminate the dermal papilla, part of the follicular connective tissue sheath, rich in blood and nerves that feeds the growing hair. A fine, sterilized probe is inserted directly into the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft down to the dermal papilla. Once the dermal papilla has been eliminated, there is no way a hair can be regenerated from that follicle. Many hairs will be eliminated with only one treatment, but some will need two or more treatments to achieve permanent elimination. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the amount and coarseness of existing hair.
Which treatment is right for you?
Laser hair removal is often misunderstood, and many believe that it will permanently remove or treat the hair. While the results can permanently reduce the number of follicles and thickness of hair, you may need some maintenance. Anyone with fast-growing or lighter hair may need to have follow up treatments as often as every six months. Another misconception is that this treatment completely removes patches of hair, but actually, the pulsing lasers generally “thin” out the hair, starting with the heaviest, darkest, and coarsest hair in the area.
The primary disadvantage of laser hair removal is the fact that it does not work as well on those with blonde, white or red hair. Laser hair removal uses a pulsing light set at a very specific frequency to attack the pigment of the hair. The darker the hair and lighter the individual’s skin, the more effective it will be. It is also important to choose an experienced technician that is using a wave length and laser that is proven reliable. Only then can Great results be expected.
The Pros and Cons of Electrolysis
Electrolysis is a slightly more complex process. Instead of using a laser to remove the hair, a small probe is placed just under the skin near the hair’s follicle. Once in place, a short burst of radio waves will kill the follicle which means that hair can no longer grow in that area. The primary benefit of electrolysis is that it can remove any color hair in any stage of growth and the results are permanent. After a site has been effectively treated, the patient will not ever grow hair in that area for the rest of their life.
The downside of this treatment is the fact that most people will need dozens of treatments in their lifetime; killing the follicles is a slow and meticulous process.
Which Is Right for Me?
Both of these treatments are viable options for removing hair, and the answer maybe complex. Your informed decision should be based on color and texture of the hair and how large of an area must be treated. For those that simply want to thin out their hair in larger areas such as their legs, laser hair removal may be the right choice. Alternatively, electrolysis is a great option for smaller patches of hair that maybe the wrong color, but you would like to be removed for the rest of your life. Many times a combination of both treatments will yield the best results.
At Indiglo Med Spa, we offer a variety of beauty treatments to satisfy your cosmetic needs. Once you schedule a consultation, we will be able to review your goals and tailor a customized treatment plan. By working with experts in the med spa industry, you can finally forget to shave and not be embarrassed about it later.
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