Is Laser Hair Removal Best Suited for Your Skin?

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Is Laser Hair Removal Best Suited for Your Skin?

Jan 29 2021

You’re probably annoyed with the long and thick patches of hair in areas you don’t want them to be. Your go-to solution is always shaving and waxing until you realize you can go for a more effective method – laser hair removal. Estheticians in Toronto suggest this to people who aim for more flawless and smooth skin for the summer, or simply for preference. It’s a go-to for most celebrities and models you see online.

There are a lot of things you need to know about laser hair removal before going through it. It’s a must for those planning to get it and to set realistic goals and requirements before signing up for the treatment. 

Here are things you need to know about laser hair removal:

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

As the name depicts, this treatment uses a concentrated beam of light to successfully remove unwanted patches of hair safely. The laser emits a light that’s absorbed by the melanin in the hair and eventually converted to heat. This heat damages the hair follicles in the skin responsible for hair growth. It causes hair to delay growth.

While it’s known to delay your hair growth, it’s never been a permanent solution to dealing with hair problems, although it’s the most effective method compared to the traditional shaving and waxing. 

Laser hair removals in Toronto suggest this treatment to most people who have paler skin and darker hair as it’s more effective on them, but it works on other skin types as well.

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Benefits of Getting a Laser Hair Removal Treatment

You’re probably used to using blades and waxing to remove pesky hair from your underarms, upper lips, or legs, but it seems to come back in just days. Aside from longer-lasting results compared to the other treatments, there are more benefits you can get from investing a laser hair removal treatment.

  • Fast. The laser moves fast and smoothly – it only takes a fraction of a second for a pulse of the laser to manage areas with lots of hair strands. The area the laser can tackle is as big as a quarter and it moves fast. If you only want to get rid of hair on your upper lip, it will only take you less than a minute. Large areas with thicker hair usually take an hour maximum.
  • Precise. Unlike waxing and shaving, laser hair removal target areas with hair and leave the surrounding skin safe and undamaged. There is also a disadvantage to shaving areas constantly, even if the appeal of the price tag it offers is definitely swaying. It is a better option for your skin and avoids unnecessary damage on surrounding areas.
  • Long-lasting. A session can last up to 6 to 12 months, but after 3 to 7 sessions, you might be able to enjoy a permanent hair loss on the areas treated. 
  • No ingrown hairs. Unlike the cheaper alternatives, this is almost impossible when you decide to get a laser hair removal treatment. You’ll no longer have to deal with the unsightly and even painful ingrown hairs. Aside from that, you also won’t have to deal with razor burns or irritation in an attempt to rid of the ingrown hairs.
  • Cheaper in the long run. While expensive when you check out the price tag of a session, it’s actually cheaper in the long run. You won’t have to schedule waxing appointments or buy better razors to rid of your hair. The best laser hair removal in Toronto is a great investment for people who constantly need to get rid of hairy patches on their body.
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Is It Safe to Use on Your Skin?

It’s actually safe – a lot of dermatologists and estheticians in Toronto suggest this hair removal treatment to their patients. While it’s commonly more effective for people with lighter skin and dark hair, there are specialized lasers meant for people with dark skin and dark hair or light skin with light hair. 

For the laser to work, it needs to target the melanin and rid the area of the dark hair. It’s only meant to stop the hair follicles from growing new hair. There are no long-term side effects as well and it’s generally safe for most people with different skin colours.

The common side effects you usually feel after the treatment would be skin irritation and pigmentation changes, but it usually fades after a few hours or maybe a day. The redness and the irritation you would feel from this treatment would be similar to what you feel after waxing. Doctors usually offer anesthetic for the treatment if you’re not comfortable with any forms of pain. The redness and swelling fade away after applying the ice pack on the area to reduce the irritation. 

Is It Safe to Use on the Face?

It’s safe to use on the face, and a lot of women who suffer from PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome undergo this treatment to rid of the facial hair. It’s safe everywhere on the face – the cheeks, upper and lower lips, and chin. 

However, this treatment isn’t advised to use around the eyes as it is a sensitive area. This treatment is not meant for eyebrow removal as it’s within the sensitive areas. Whenever you undergo laser hair removal, the doctors ensure that you wear protective gear that keeps your eyes safe and covered during the entire treatment.

Is It Safe for Pregnant Women?

Unfortunately, this treatment is discouraged when you’re pregnant. There is no report or study that would back up the claim about pregnant women. Doctors and estheticians in Toronto usually decline patients who are pregnant. 
It’s normal for women to want hair removal treatments as excessive hair tends to grow during pregnancy. Naturally, the hair that grew during pregnancy falls off afterwards. If you decide to push through with your hair removal treatment, contact our estheticians in Toronto for quality service.

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