Shaving VS Laser Hair Removal

Shaving VS Laser Hair Removal
Shaving VS Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal is like a ritual. Why? Because you have to repeat the process multiple times. Sometimes over a time period, like laser hair removal. Other times forever, like shaving. Finding the best hair removal for you can be tricky. You may have to try them all before you find what works for you. 

When choosing a hair removal method, you need to consider cost, time, efficiency. We’ve already discussed why you should ditch waxing for laser hair removal. The pain and all. Today, we are discussing why you should ditch shaving for laser hair removal.

How does shaving work

Shaving requires a razor. Not to be a Captain Obvious, but it is obvious. There are plenty of razors out there. However, if you are shaving your legs, you are more likely to pick your usual Venus or BIC razor.

Small, simple, cheap, they are ideal. Plus, they do the job well. A few minutes under the shower and your skin is as smooth as silk. To avoid razor burns, cuts and dry skin we advise that you use a shaving cream. It makes the experience smoother.

If you shave other parts, we advise that you be careful. Some areas of the body are harder to reach. The thing you need to know about shaving is that it just cuts the hair. Flat at the surface of the skin. It is like cutting grass.

Shaving does not alter hair growth. You just cut the hair. Therefore the hair keeps growing. That is why you need to shave every other day. Your hair may also look darker and thicker. This is because you see the flat top instead of the thin tip of the hair.

Pros and cons of shaving

Like any other hair removal method, shaving has both pros and cons.

Pros of shaving

Time. Shaving is time-efficient. No need to spend a lot of time on shaving your underarms. Your legs may take longer. But still. It remains fairly fast and can be done in the morning before you go to work.

Cost. In the short-term, shaving is cheap. You may buy a pack of five razors for just ten dollars. That would last you a month let’s say. Even though you will have to frequently buy new razors, the cost is still significantly lower than waxing.

Convenience. Shaving is convenient. As said above, it is fast. Done under the shower, you are ready in no time for work. It does not require booking appointments nor freeing a lot of time. So all in all, a very easy method to get around with.

Cons of shaving

Short-term results. Shaving does not alter the hair growth cycle. You just cut the hair flat at the surface of the skin. Thus, the hair growth does not stop. And the hair grows back immediately. It will do so every time and forever.

Frequency. Since shaving is a short-term hair removal method, you can not expect long-term hair growth reduction. Razors cut the hair instead of targeting the root or follicle. Thus, the hair keeps growing after being cut. That is why you need to shave several times a week. Which is quite tedious, let’s be honest.

Long-term cost. In the short-term, ten dollars here and there seem like nothing. However, in the long-term, the cost adds up. Since shaving does not reduce hair growth, chances are you will need to shave for years and years. And will have to invest in razors, blades, cream, etc.

Cuts and burns. The thing with blades is that they irritate the skin. Or straight cut through it. Side effects of shaving include redness, cuts, razor burns and bleeding.

Ingrown hair. Another side effect of shaving is ingrown hair outbreaks. Shaving cuts the hair in the direction opposite to growth. Thus, the hair may curl under the skin, unable to get out. Ingrown hair if not treated can lead to infections.

How does laser hair removal work

Laser hair removal is a long-term hair growth reduction method. It is FDA approved and will reduce hair growth by 95%. 

Laser treatments rely on selective photothermolysis. It is a precise microsurgery technique used to target tissue in a specific area. It matches the specific wavelength of light and heats the tissue and destroys it with a laser without affecting or damaging surrounding tissue.

During a session, the laser produces energy that targets the pigments in the hair. After the melanin has absorbed the energy, it travels to the follicle. There it turns into thermal energy. The heat damages the hair follicle, preventing any further growth.

Laser hair removal works when the hair is actively growing, during the anagen phase of growth. It is the only time the hair and follicle connect. Unfortunately, only 20% of all hair is in this specific phase at any point in time. Thus, one session can only treat 20%.

A six session treatment will ensure that all hair is targeted and treated. Each session must be six weeks apart so that the hair can move into the right stage of growth.

Pros and cons of laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that must be performed by certified laser technicians. Like any other hair removal method, it has pros and cons.

Cons of laser hair removal

Short-term cost. Laser hair removal can seem like a big investment. Most of the time, you indeed need to pay for your package upfront. At Spektrum Laser Spa, we offer payment plans to help you finance your treatment.

Side effects. Although side effects and risks are rare, they still exist. Such risks include minor burns, irritated skin, redness, hyperpigmentation. However, they will fade within a few hours.

Exposure to the sun. Patients need to reduce their exposure to the sun to a minimum during their laser hair removal treatment. This may complicate things if you have planned a holiday in the sun.

Pros of laser hair removal

Money savings. Laser hair removal will help you save big over time. Indeed, in the long-term, it is the cheapest hair removal method. Simply because you will not have to invest beyond that initial cost.

Time. Sessions can last as little as ten minutes. You can come in for your treatment over your lunch break. Larger areas need more time. However, overall, laser sessions are shorter than waxing appointments.

Ingrown hair. Removing hair in the direction opposite to growth can lead to ingrown hair. The hair may curl up under the skin while regrowing or straight not being able to pierce through the skin. Laser hair removal removes the hair completely and thus the problem before it even becomes on.

Permanent results. Laser hair removal reduces hair growth by up to 95%. As the hair follicles are permanently damaged, they are unable to produce any more hair. Therefore, results last.

Pain. Laser hair removal is not painful. Next to waxing, it is nothing. The sensation felt is akin to pinching or rubber bands snapping against the skin. It is tolerable and not uncomfortable.

Shaving vs laser hair removal

Shaving and laser hair removal are both very hair removal methods. Now, it is time to decide which is best and will provide the best results.

In terms of speed and convenience, shaving seems to win. No need to book an appointment as a few minutes under the shower will do. That is if the area is a small one of course. Laser hair removal will require an appointment and adjusting your schedule around it. However, sessions even for large areas are fast.

In terms of cost, it is important to consider the long-term. Indeed, shaving is cheap in the short term but the cost will add up with time. On the other hand, laser hair removal is a big investment in the short-term. However, once your treatment is done, you will no longer need to spend money on hair removal. Thus, you will save money.

Now, let’s focus on what matters most: the results. Shaving is a very short-term hair removal method. The hair keeps growing shaves after shaves. On the other hand, each laser session will remove 20% of body hair.

Thus, after your six sessions, you should be rid of most of your hair forever. If you were ever inconvenienced by growing hair during a holiday, be assured that this won’t happen again after you complete your laser hair removal treatment.

To conclude, laser hair removal is cheaper and more effective than shaving. Results are permanent. You will no longer need to spend money on hair removal.

10 Tips For A Healthy Winter Skin

10 Tips For A Healthy Winter Skin
10 Tips For A Healthy Winter Skin

Winter weather is harsh and can leave your skin dry, itchy and irritated. Cold weather and relatively low humidity can wreak havoc on your skin. Not only is the air dryer but indoor heating further depletes your skin of moisture. A healthy winter skin is important.

How to protect your skin during winter

Glowing skin looks good. However, what matters most is that the skin performs a lot of essential body tasks. Indeed, a healthy winter skin protects your body against viruses, bacteria and other undesirables to which it is exposed on a daily basis.

Healthy skin also protects against UV-rays that can damage cells. Thus, it is important that you protect your skin during winter and make sure it is as strong as it can be.

Healthy winter skin tip 1: Wear sunscreen

Protecting your skin against the sun is as important in winter as it is in summer. Simply because the cold does not make sun rays any less harmful. Clouds do not stop sunlight. Furthermore, the snow can contribute to sun damage too.

Indeed, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, snow reflects the sun rays by up to 80%. Thus, your skin is quite exposed to sun damage. Applying a physical sunblock with a strong SPF (at least 50) will help protect your skin during winter against harmful UV rays.

Furthermore, it will also help keep your a moisturized and healthy winter skin. You should also avoid artificial tanning as sunlamps can damage the skin and increase the risks of skin cancer.

Tip 2: Avoid oily-rich products

Avoid skincare products with a lot of oil during the winter months. Oily products will contribute to clogging pores. You may experience acne flare-up and dark spot outbreaks. Furthermore, oil-rich beauty products do not necessarily help dry skin.

When your skin is dry and itchy because of the cold, it is better to pick gentle cleansers and fragrance-free products. Indeed, doing so will help your skin retain its natural oils according to the AAD. Make sure skincare products are water resistant and that they have not passed their expiration date.

Tip 3: Cleanse your skin

Cleaning your skin every day is important. However, it is important not to overdo it. Indeed, too much cleansing will remove the skin’s natural moisture. It is also best to avoid soaps to clean your face skin.

Indeed, soap cleansers can irritate the skin. They may also contain allergens and ingredients that are not completely pure. Thus, you should select a skin cleanser that is labelled as non-soap. Indeed, it will contain milder and gentler ingredients.

Non-soap cleansers are also less likely to contain alcohol or fragrances.

Healthy winter skin tip 4: Limit shower time

The cold winter weather and temptation to take very hot showers make keeping a healthy winter skin harder. Your skin will be indeed much better served with a lukewarm shower. According to the AAD, five to ten minutes will do.

Hot water can remove natural oils from your skin. Staying longer than ten minutes in the water can also dehydrate your skin. When stepping out of the bath, make sure to gently tap your towel on your skin instead of rubbing.

Tip 5: Change your skincare routine

Winter conditions are different from summer conditions. Thus, to protect your skin during winter, you must also change your skincare routine. This is especially true when it comes to facial skincare.

During the winter months, choose a cream-based cleanser and avoid soap-base cleansers. If you apply toners and astringents, do it sparingly. Indeed, many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin.

If your skin is itchy, the AAD recommends that you stop using products containing alcohol and fragrances. As mentioned in a few paragraphs above, this will help the skin retain its natural oils and moisture.

Apply a moisturizing balm on your lips to avoid dry, cracked lips.

Tip 6: Moisturize frequently

Harsh weather in winter will dry the skin. Moisturizing frequently will help keep your skin healthy. Indeed, a moisturizer will help trap needed moisture in the skin.

Apply a cream-based alcohol free moisturizer after the shower when your skin is still a little damp. Thicker creams are usually more effective than lotions. Shea butter will do wonders for your skin.

Although it is best to avoid products that are too rich in oil, jojoba oil-based creams will work too.

Tip 7: Lower your thermostat

A reflex we all have is to increase our home’s temperature after spending some time in the cold outside. However, this will not help you keep a healthy winter skin. Indeed, central heating will contribute to making your skin even drier.

To maintain healthy skin in winter, set the thermostat at a cool and comfortable setting. 68°F to 72°F will do nicely. If you feel your skin is still getting dry, you can get a humidifier. Indeed, it will add moisture to your home and keep your skin hydrated.

Healthy winter skin tip 8: Take vitamin D supplements

The sun in summer helps our body to naturally produce more vitamin D. Daily sun exposure is good for the body. However, it is still important to apply sunscreen to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays.

Tip 9: Drink a lot of water

Drinking a sufficient amount of water daily is important for the body. It helps digestion, circulation and absorption. Water will also help the skin remove toxins.

Indeed, skin cells, like any other body cells, are made of water. Therefore, a good water influx will help them fulfill their bodily function. Lack of water will turn your skin dry, tight and flaky. Thus, it is important that you drink at least eight glasses daily.

Even more so as the cold winter weather makes the skin drier.

Tip 10: Wear appropriate clothing

Last but not least of our ten tips to keep a healthy winter skin is to wear appropriate clothing. Itchy materials such as wool can aggravate dry skin. Wear layers smartly with light materials in direct contact with the skin first.

Make sure you also protect your hands which can be very affected by the cold winter air. Should you be caught in the rain, change out of wet clothes immediately after getting home. Indeed, wet clothes can further irritate the skin and cause dryness.

To conclude, keeping a healthy winter skin requires some more attention than in summer. Indeed, alternating between cold dry air and hot temperatures in and out of your home will make your skin dry. Our tips above will help you protect your skin in winter so that it is ready and glowing when come summer!

Electrolysis vs Laser Hair Removal

Electrolysis vs Laser Hair Removal
Electrolysis vs Laser Hair Removal

When it comes to hair removal, there are a lot of methods available. While some are very short-term, others will offer permanent hair removal. The cost will vary from a method to another but it is important to consider the cost in both the short-term and long-term. Indeed, shaving may seem cheap in the short-term but will end up being more expensive than laser hair removal in the long-term. Now, let’s have a look at both electrolysis and laser hair removal to determine which method is the best.

The process

How does electrolysis work?

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method. It has been approved as such by the FDA. Regardless of genetics, skin tone, hair color, etc. the procedure will stop hair growth permanently. It requires multiple sessions for optimum results. However, it still does not mean you will not see any hair popping up in the treated area. Indeed, it is possible that this hair was never treated in the first place, especially if the hair is not in the anagen phase of growth.

During an electrolysis session, a very fine needle is inserted into the skin to get to the hair follicle. Each hair follicle is treated individually. The treatment uses shortwave radio or direct current to stop new hair from growing. The procedure damages the hair follicles. After a time, the existing hair will fall out.

There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic (chemically dissolves the follicles), thermolysis (uses localized heat) and blend (uses both methods). Different clinics will use different methods. Immediately after the treatment, patients may experience irritation and redness but it is a normal reaction and should fade within a few hours.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is a long term hair growth reduction method. It reduces hair growth by up to 90%. Even though it does not qualify as a permanent hair removal method, a lot of patients do indeed experience permanent hair removal. Patients may need touch up sessions after their initial treatment if some hair was never treated or some follicles not damaged enough.

Laser hair removal relies on selective photothermolysis. It is a precise microsurgery technique used to target tissue in a specific area. It matches the specific wavelength of light and heats the tissue and destroys it with a laser without affecting or damaging surrounding tissue.

During a session, the laser emits light energy that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. The energy then travels to the hair follicle where it turns into thermal energy. The heat will damage the follicle, preventing further hair growth. The treatment only works when the hair is in the anagen phase of growth.

Indeed, it is the only time the hair and follicle connect, allowing the energy to travel from the former to the latter. Only 20% of all hair being in the right stage of growth at any point in time, patients will need multiple sessions to achieve good results. Indeed, each session can treat up to 20% of all body hair.

The cost

How much does electrolysis cost?

Electrolysis does not work with packages. It works per session, which number will vary based on the size of the area. Indeed, during each electrolysis session, only a small part of the area will be treated. Remember that each hair is targeted one by one by a tiny needle. Thus, although a session may not be so long, the treatment will be.

If you pay per session, your cost will look higher than if you had paid for a wax. For example, a 15 minutes session will cost you $50. Should you decide to treat your underarms, those 15 minutes may not be enough to work on the whole area. You will thus have to buy extra sessions. However, if you wax, you will have to come back every month.

If you multiple that cost per month then per year, waxing becomes more expensive in the long-term. The most affordable rates in New York City on average are $50 for a 15 minutes session, $80 for a 30minutes session, $110 for a 45 minutes session, and $130 for a 60 minutes session. Buying a lot of sessions at once may get you a discount.

Again, since each hair must be targeted individually, it will take a lot of time for a full big area to be treated. On average, a large session like the full legs will require at least twelve sessions of one hour each. Some patients may need more. The cost will at least be $1,500.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

One big misconception about laser hair removal is that it is a very costly treatment. Although it can indeed be a significant upfront investment, in the long-term the cost is not that high. Actually, the cost becomes cheaper than waxing after a few years. Indeed, 50 years of waxing once a month will amount to around $60,000.

The same treatment for the same areas as hypothesized above, which are full legs, full Brazilian, upper lip and underarms, will cost up to $5000. This of course depends on the laser spa or clinics you choose. Some are cheaper than others. Some will also offer deals and packages that make the treatment much more affordable.

Of course, the bigger the treatment area, the higher the cost. The same goes with the number of areas you treat. However, if you are savvy and check out websites for deals and offers, you will manage to save a lot of money on laser hair removal. For example, at Spektrum Laser Spa, we offer a package for 8 sessions of laser hair removal for two small and one large areas for just $285.

The cost for a six session package for a small area will start at $500 (including tax). Six sessions of full legs will cost around $1,500 (including tax). Some packages will combine a few areas, which will decrease the cost of the whole treatment.

The session length

How long is an electrolysis session?

The length of a session depends on the area you choose to treat. Patients need to remember that each session will not be enough to treat the entirety of an area. Indeed, as explained above, the treatment targets each individual hair one at a time. Thus, depending on the density of hair, patients may need more sessions for one area.

The session for a small area is around 15 minutes. Patients will need multiple sessions of 15 minutes before the whole area is treated. A session for a medium area is around 30 to 40 minutes while a large area will need 60 minutes. Should you decide to treat multiple areas during one session, it will of course last longer.

How long is a laser session?

Laser hair removal is fairly quick treatment. The procedure will treat up to 20% of hair on the full area per session. This is due to the hair growth cycle and the fact that not all hair is in the right stage of growth. This is why patients will need at least six sessions. To ensure that every single hair is treated.

It is possible that some hair is never in the right phase of growth during the treatment, which is why some patients may need a touch up session. A session for a small area will take 10 to 15 minutes. Medium area sessions take between 20 and 30 minutes while large areas can up to 45 minutes. Combining multiple areas will help save time.

The pain

Is electrolysis painful?

Electrolysis is painful. It does hurt. Everything from the beginning to the end of the treatment will incur some form of pain, discomfort and even hurt. A very fine probe is inserted in the hair follicle after going through the skin. 

The sensation is akin to removing hair with tweezers. Furthermore, it uses direct currents or heat to damage the hair follicle. There will be like a little choc each time a follicle is treated. This will always incur some degree of pain. The sensation of hurt will vary from one person to another since each patient has a different tolerance to pain.

Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. The legs usually are not that sensitive. The bikini area and face on the other hand are. However, while you would have to suffer through bikini waxes once a month for years and years, the suffering from electrolysis would be much shorter, over just a year.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

While many think laser hair removal hurts, it is actually not true. The sensation felt during laser hair removal is not pain. Of course, once again, pain is subjective and different patients will have a different reaction to their treatment. The area treated will also have an impact. Indeed, the bikini is much more sensitive than the full legs.

Laser hair removal uses heat to damage the hair follicle. The sensation felt is akin to pinching or a rubber band snapping at the skin very fast. Although it may be unpleasant and uncomfortable, laser hair removal is not that painful. Most patients find it very bearable. Should the intensity be too strong, technicians can lower it so that it is less “painful”.

However, compared to waxing, laser hair removal is not painful at all. It is a very quick process, even on the bikini. Patients will be in and out in no time. They will confirm that the pain of waxing is much higher than the pain of undergoing laser hair removal.

Electrolysis vs laser hair removal

Electrolysis and laser hair removal have both their pros and cons. While electrolysis is a permanent hair removal, laser hair removal is a long-term hair growth reduction method. Despite that, a lot of patients will still experience permanent hair removal.

Cost-wise, laser hair removal ends up being cheaper. Simply because as a more popular method, competition is higher and prices generally lower. Furthermore, a lot of clinics and spas will offer deals and packages, making laser hair removal much more affordable.

Waxing is painful. So it is electrolysis. On the other hand, laser hair removal is not. Sure, it is unpleasant and uncomfortable but the sensation is still very tolerable and much easier to handle than with electrolysis or waxing. This will again depend on your own tolerance to pain.

The length of a session and treatment tend to be shorter for laser hair removal than electrolysis. This is because some patients will see results they are happy with after six sessions. Laser hair removal treats 20% of hair during each session over an entire area. Electrolysis will always require more sessions since it treats a small area on a wider area during each session.

To conclude, laser hair removal is faster, cheaper and a less painful method. It is also much easier to arrange and a session can even be scheduled over a lunch break. The main advantages of laser hair removal over electrolysis are the pain felt during the session, along with the cost.

Choose laser hair removal.

5 Reasons Why You Should Undergo Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that aims to reduce hair growth. It is a treatment that usually includes a few sessions six weeks apart. Patients will need roughly a year to be done with the procedure. Due to many misconceptions, it may be a bit scary or intimidating to undergo laser hair removal. However, below are five reasons why you should actually do it!

Laser hair removal saves you a lot of time

Let’s compare laser hair removal to other very popular (or less so) hair removal methods: waxing, shaving, using depilatory creams, and undergoing electrolysis. Shaving may seem very convenient and fast, done under the shower. However, chances are you will always miss a spot. Plus, it is not that fast in the end. And you need to do it every other day. So it is quite time-consuming.

Depilatory creams need to rest on the skin for three minutes before they are cleaned off. In reality, the whole process of applying and cleaning takes much longer. Plus, since the results are similar to shaving, you will need to do it very often too. Waxing takes up to an hour and a half if you treat the usual full legs, bikini, underarms and upper lip. 

As for electrolysis, well, a session for a small area is 15 minutes while a large area will need up to 60 minutes. However, electrolysis treats each single hair individually. Thus, 15 minutes may not be enough to treat the whole of one armpit. A patch of skin may be hairless, but the rest won’t be.

On the other hand, a session for laser hair removal can take as little as ten minutes and up to two hours should you decide to treat your entire body. Yes, this includes your full back. Every single area of your body. So really, if you think about it, it is much faster than any other method. Plus, an additional 20% of the hair on the area will be treated during each session.

As a result, you will see hair growth reduction rather early on. Not only are laser hair removal appointments short, but since you will not need any more after your treatment, you will save a lot of time you’d have spent removing body hair years after years.

The treatment does not hurt

One huge misconception about laser hair removal is that it is a very painful treatment. This could not be further from the truth. Especially if you compare to other removal methods such as waxing and electrolysis. We have all been through our share of waxing and how unpleasant a bikini wax is.

No one is more tense than during a bikini wax. It hurts. And so does electrolysis. After all, it may be permanent but it also inserts a needle in the skin and sends a current to the hair follicle. On the other hand, the sensation felt during laser hair removal is akin to pinching. It can also be compared to a rubber band snapping at the skin very fast.

Pain is subjective. Each patient will have a different reaction to a laser treatment based on their level of pain tolerance. However, one cannot say that laser hair removal hurts or is painful. Not if you ever went through bikini waxes. Sure laser hair removal is not pleasant nor comfortable but the sensation is more than bearable.

Laser hair removal is cost-effective

We went over how affordable laser hair removal can be already. It is after all a big misconception that it is very expensive. While in fact no. Especially because it may be a significant upfront investment, it is a one time investment. Indeed, you will have to pay for your treatment at once. This treatment will be done over a year. A bit more if you need touch up sessions.

After a year, your initial treatment will be over and you will not have to worry about hair removal ever again. However, if you decide to carry on waxing or shaving, you will have to do so for years and years. Shaving does not reduce hair growth. Thus, if you shave twice a week for 50 years, you will end up spending over $35,000 in equipment.

If you wax your full legs, underarms, bikini and upper lip once a month for fifty years, you will end up spending $60,000. And even though waxing contributes to hair growth reduction in the very very long term, you will still have hair no matter how long you wax. Compared to the one time cost of laser hair removal for the same areas, up to $5000, laser hair removal is a pretty good solution.

Not only is it cheaper in the long-term but it is cost-effective and will thus save you a lot of money in the future. You need to think about laser treatments as a skincare investment for the future. If you think about it, $60,000 spent on waxing could have been spent on a car or a house down payment!

It eliminates ingrown hair

One big reason to undergo laser hair removal is to prevent ingrown hair outbreaks. Shaving cuts the hair in the opposite direction to growth. Waxing removes the hair in the same way. Thus, upon growth, the hair may curl on itself under the skin, becoming ingrown. After successive waxes, the hair will get thinner and thinner. Thus, it may not be strong enough to pierce through the skin.

The issue with ingrown hair is that not only are they coarse but they can also become infected. The temptation to stroke or scratch ingrown hair is very high but this may lead to skin infections. Ideally, you would have ingrown hair removed by a dermatologist. But yes, they can become quite a pain.

The thing with laser hair removal is that it damages the hair follicle. No hair can grow out of those follicles anymore. Thus, the source of ingrown hair outbreaks, the hair, is non-existent and therefore ingrown hairs cannot happen. If you have been having a lot of ingrown hair then laser hair removal is just the solution for you!

Laser hair removal cuts out regrowth

The point of laser hair removal is to reduce hair growth. Which it will do, by up to 90%. Laser hair removal only works when the hair is in the anagen phase of growth. It is indeed the only time the hair and follicle connect, allowing the energy to go from the former to the latter. The thing is, only 20% of all body hair on the treated area will be in the right stage of growth at any point in time.

Thus, one session can only treat up to 20% of hair. This explains why patients will need at least six sessions. This will ensure that most hair is targeted. Thus, after even three sessions, a good 50% of body hair on the area must have been treated. Results will start to show even after a few sessions.

After the initial treatment, most hair follicles will be damaged and hair growth will be reduced. It will be close to permanent. Thus you are unlikely to need shaving or waxing after a laser treatment. Hair that was not treated because it was not in the right stage of growth or because the hair follicle needs more treatments to be fully damaged will look thinner and lighter.

Laser hair removal reduces hair growth to a point where patients no longer need to worry about unwanted body hair. They may need a touch up session here and there a year or so after their first treatment, but they will essentially not be bothered by their body hair anymore.

When Is The Best Time To Undergo Laser Hair Removal

When Is The Best Time To Undergo Laser Hair Removal
When Is The Best Time To Undergo Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a very convenient hair removal method. It does have to adhere to a few rules however. Avoiding direct sunlight, protecting the skin against UV-rays, shaving prior to each session, etc. Thus, it raises the question as per when is the best time to start a treatment and undergo laser hair removal.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is a long-term hair growth reduction method. The FDA does not categorize it as leading to permanent hair removal. Indeed, it will reduce hair growth by up to 90%. However, a lot of patients do indeed experience permanent hair removal after their initial treatment of six sessions. Some patients may need additional sessions.

Laser hair removal relies on a concept called selective photothermolysis. It is the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to obtain optimal effect on a targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissue. In the context of laser hair removal, the target is the hair follicle.

During a session, the laser emits light energy that will pick up the pigments in the hair. Once the melanin has absorbed the energy, the latter will travel down to the hair follicle. There, it will turn into thermal energy and anchors itself to the follicle. The heat will damage the hair follicle, preventing any further hair growth.

Laser hair removal only works on body hair that is in the anagen phase of growth. Indeed, it is the only time the hair and follicle connect, allowing the energy to travel from the former to the latter. Unfortunately, only 20% of all body hair is in the anagen phase at any point in time. Thus, one session can treat up to 20% of body hair on the treated area.

The hair growth cycle explains why patients need multiple successive laser hair removal sessions six weeks apart. Another 20% of hair will grow into the anagen phase during those six weeks of rest. This hair will be targeted during the next session. The treatment leaves the skin quite sensitive and more vulnerable to external aggressors. Thus, the skin will need those six weeks to recover and regenerate.

Why must I avoid sunlight during my treatment?

During a laser hair removal session, a lot of light energy will be sent to the skin. If the intensity is too high, that is if too much energy is sent, the skin may burn. That is one reason why patient-technician communication is so important. If a patient feels the laser gun is too hot, they must say so to avoid burns.

Direct sunlight, especially on unprotected skin, can lead to sun damage such as sunburn and other more serious second degree burns. Sun damage leaves the skin very sensitive and more prone to subsequent damage. Thus, skin that has been exposed to UV rays and direct sunlight will be more sensitive to the laser treatment to start with.

Thus, the laser gun feel much hotter. Plus, the treatment may be more painful and may carry more risks as well. The risks of burning sun-exposed skin or sun-damaged skin is much higher since it is already very sensitive to heat. Should you have to stay in the sun prior to your session, remember to apply a physical sunblock with a strong SPF.

You should avoid sun exposure in the ten days prior to your laser hair removal session. You must also avoid the sun in the ten days after. As mentioned above, the procedure will leave the skin quite sensitive. Sun exposure can lead to sun damage such as hyperpigmentation (on white skins), hypopigmentation (on dark skins), sunburn, second degree burns and in the worst case scenario, skin cancer.

Does the procedure work on dark skin?

During a laser hair removal session, the light energy is attracted by the melanin in the hair. Thus, the procedure works best when there is a sharp hair-to-skin contrast. Indeed, such a contrast will help the laser pick up the hair more easily. People of color have a melanin rich dark skin and dark hair.

Thus, they do not offer a sharp contrast. Patients with dark skin may think that they cannot undergo laser hair removal. Indeed, the energy would not be able to pick up the dark hair on dark skin and thus focus on the surrounding skin instead. While the first laser machines did not indeed offer safe laser hair removal for darker skin, new technology nowadays does.

Laser hair removal is safe and efficient on dark skin as long as the lasers used are either diode or ND:YAG. Indeed, both use a 1064nm wavelength that does not rely on melanin too much to get through the dermis to the hair follicle. This wavelength basically bypasses the skin and melanin, thus making the need for a sharp hair-to-skin contrast redundant.

Laser hair removal will also be the safest and most efficient on naturally dark skin. Indeed, natural skin tone and melanin will not interfere with the treatment. On the other hand, skin that has been exposed to the sunlight, UV rays or that is tanned will be in an excited state that may interfere with the treatment.

Can I undergo laser during summer?

Patients must avoid the sun before and after their session. Thus, they may ask themselves whether they should start or continue their laser treatment during summer. After all, it is the time of year they are most likely to expose their skin to direct sunlight or sunbath. Yet, it does not mean they should not undergo laser hair removal during that time.

Even if they start their treatment a year prior, it is possible that patients still need a session or two during summer in order to complete their package. In that context, patients may still come in for sessions but will have to be very careful. Indeed, they will need to apply a strong physical sunblock with SPF 50 on their skin several times a day in order to protect it effectively.

Whenever possible, patients will have to wear covering clothes, especially in the areas they treat. It is important to protect the skin to avoid any sun damage. If patients wish to have a session as they come back from holiday, it is safer to wait two weeks. Indeed, tanning puts the skin in an excited state that may interfere with the treatment.

Waiting two weeks after sun exposure will help the skin recover. The skin will regenerate from the UV rays as well as remove some of the tanning. This will help make the laser treatment safer. Whether you should undergo laser hair removal in summer also depends on what area you treat. If you undergo laser hair removal for your underarms, of course, it is unlikely that you will expose that area to UV rays all the time.

When is the best time to undergo laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal during summer is possible. Yet, patients must to avoid direct sun exposure, sun damage and protect their skin to the best of their ability. However, it still is not ideal. Of course, if you started your treatment at the end of winter or during spring, you will need to come in for laser sessions during summer.

Keeping summer and your future holiday in mind, it makes sense to start laser hair removal during fall. Indeed, it is that time of year after everybody gets back from their holiday and goes back to work. Patients are less likely to expose their skin to direct sunlight. If only, they will start to wear winter clothes which are quite covering.

When starting a laser treatment during the fall, patients should be done with their six sessions by mid-spring. This will leave enough time to come in for up to three additional sessions, spending on the area treated. Thus, your treatment should be done by the beginning of summer while also leaving some time for the skin to recover after the last session.

Patients may start laser hair removal any time of the year. However, keeping in mind that it is safer to avoid direct sunlight, fall is the best time to start a treatment. Especially if the area treated is the face or the legs. While the former will be exposed all year round no matter what, the latter are more likely to be exposed during the summer months.