Lately, it seems we are obsessed with hair, or rather,
the lack thereof. From waxing to tweezing, we're finding new ways to go completely
hair free. In the past few years, the urge to be hair free has gone from the esoteric
to the everyday. While women and men alike line up for Brazilian Waxings and Eyebrow
Shapings, some are opting for an even more permanent solution - Laser
We decided to put this procedure to the test and determine
once and for all if the body of the future really is bald.
Hair Removal promises the removal of unwanted hair using a laser light, an
intense, pulsating beam of light. It's generally agreed that the darker the hair
and the lighter the skin, the more effective Laser
Hair Removal can be, although new technology is making the permanent removal
of unwanted hair a viable option for many skin types. No matter what your skin
type, hair must be short and visible in order for the laser to work at its optimum
I booked an appointment with a favorite doctor for Laser
Hair Removal. My doctor suggested that I let my hair grow (underarms- my area
of choice) for 2 to 3 days before coming in. She also asked me not to tweeze or
wax the hair that I wanted lasered. On the day of my appointment, the doctor began
by slathering my underarms with an anesthetic cream. About thirty minutes later,
the cream had taken effect and we were ready to begin.
The procedure itself
is very quick and mildly uncomfortable at worst. I was told that the feeling was
akin to someone snapping a rubber band on your skin. In my experience, that was
quite an exaggeration as I found the actual procedure to be fast and pain free.
The doctor gives clients a pair of goggles before essentially zapping the skin
being treated with the laser. The laser emits a beam of light that destroys the
hair follicle without destroying the surrounding skin. The actual treatment took
about 10 minutes to complete. After the treatment, my underarms did sting a bit;
the feeling was akin to mild sunburn. Some first timers are surprised that there
is no initial hair loss- not to worry- within ten days you should find the treated
area to be hair free.
For complete and permanent hair removal or reduction
a series of Laser
Hair Removal treatments is recommended.
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