Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing

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Getting rid of unwanted hair, and getting it to stop growing at what seems a very fast pace, is a question on a lot of our minds.  Some of us are just blessed with more hair on our bodies than others, however you can find it to be unsightly when what you’re after is clear, smooth skin. In this blog we will be looking at the benefits of Laser Hair Removal over the more traditional method of waxing.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the best method for getting rid of unwanted hair due to the precision and care the instrument uses on your skin. This treatment procedure catches the hair in an active growth stage, which means that the follicles are permanently affected and should not produce any more hair.

At the initial consultation, a “patch test” will be performed to ensure your skin is able to tolerate the laser well.  After your skin has passed the patch test, you will be ready to begin your course of treatments.  Those who choose laser hair removal over waxing cite the following reasons:

Laser Hair Removal

  • It is almost completely pain-free
  • Skin can be smoother year-round
  • It’s a long-term solution to hair reduction
  • The process is suitable for virtually all skin types
  • The laser machine is true medical technology

The laser beam is actually sequences of controlled energy pulses that are absorbed by the hair’s pigment as it reaches into hair follicles that lie just under the skin’s surface.  The pulses of energy destroy the hair right down to the root safely, without damaging any surrounding skin or tissue in the process.  After 6-8 sessions, skin will appear even and smooth, with any remaining hair visibly reduced.  Laser hair removal is a safe and efficient method for getting rid of and reducing unwanted hair.

Why we recommend Laser Hair Removal over waxing

Waxing is a common and popular method of hair removal, with results that can last much longer than shaving. However, one of the most popular times we book in for a wax is the day before our summer holidays. This can be very problematic though as the method of waxing can also remove the top layer of dead skin, naturally, the newly revealed skin is more vulnerable to external aggressors, including the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.  This in turn can cause skin discolouration or a change in pigmentation of the skin.  It can be especially noticeable on the upper lip if sunblock has not been liberally applied.  Going through the waxing process just a few days prior to going on holiday when you’re going to be out in the sun more than normal is not always the best choice for you skin.

Another pitfall to waxing comes in the form of ingrown hairs.  Dermatologists have concluded that waxing can actually help cause ingrown hairs, which can be quite painful.  The rapid process of waxing involves pulling hairs out so fast that it can actually tear at the lining of the skin.  The lining is what guides a hair’s growth and if the lining is damaged, and the hair doesn’t have a direction to re-grow, the hair doesn’t have a good exit strategy from the body.  This causes ingrown hairs.  On top of that, waxing requires you to wait for the hair to grow back before you can wax again.  Is waxing worth it?  Many say no.

There are a great many more positives to removing hair though a laser process than forcing your body to go through the hazards that come with waxing. To find out more about Laser Hair Removal at Premier Laser & Skin, book your free consultation with us today!

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