Laser Hair Removal

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 Hair Removal.

We decided to put this procedure to the test and determine once and for all if the body of the future really is bald.

Laser 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 level.

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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