Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has earned its reputation as one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures. It’s a convenient, permanent way to remove and permanently reduce unwanted body hair after multiple monthly sessions; if you begin in March, you’ll be considerably less hair by June or July!
However, it’s not for everyone. Let’s talk about what it is and the pros and cons of laser hair removal, so you can decide whether it’s for you!
Laser hair removal heats follicles to prevent new growth
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that uses a process called selective photothermolysis. The laser’s heat destroys cells with high pigmentation, such as dark hair follicles, preventing hew hairs from forming.
While lasers can remove hair from nearly anywhere on your body, the most commonly treated areas include:
- Bikini area
And contrary to popular belief, patients with darker skin tones can safely and effectively experience laser hair removal. Advancements in laser technology have made it, so hair follicles are targeted instead of skin pigment, reducing the risk of damage and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Pros of laser hair removal
Arguably the biggest pro of laser hair removal is that it eliminates the need to shave. Once your treatments are complete, you’ll enjoy consistently smooth skin without shaving or waxing. After approximately six sessions, new hair growth is eliminated by up to 90%, and any returning hairs are thinner in texture and lighter in color.
Another significant benefit of laser hair removal is that it is a safe option for permanently reduced body hair.
Some of the other laser hair removal pros include:
- Treatments are fast, approximately thirty minutes for large treatment sites
- The procedure is relatively painless as the laser energy is delivered through a handheld device with a comfortable cooling tip that soothes the skin
- You can get it done anywhere on your body
- Precision treatment ensures safe results
Cons of laser hair removal
While laser hair removal is considerably versatile, there are some cons associated with the process:
- It takes multiple sessions to see actual results, between four and six, and you generally must wait six weeks between treatments
- Laser hair removal isn’t advised for pregnant women
- The hair follicle must be in its anagen, or growth, stage for the procedure to work
- You must avoid shaving, waxing, and plucking for six weeks before your session
- Potential side effects include minimal swelling and redness at the treatment site, which should resolve soon after
Additionally, for 24 hours after your laser session, you must avoid the following:
- Sun exposure
- Excessive heat, such as hot tubs and saunas
- Exfoliating products
Laser hair removal is a breeze at J Spa Medical Spa
When you choose J Spa Medical Spa for laser hair removal in Long Island, you can be at ease as you’re pampered and refreshed, knowing your treatments will always be done with the most modern, cutting-edge technology and techniques. You’ll relax, indulge, and rejuvenate while enjoying exceptional results.
J Spa was founded by Dr. Andrew Jacono, a dual board-certified facial plastic, and reconstructive surgeon who oversees all procedures and performs many of them himself. Our spa also features Dr. Sean Alemi, a board-certified head and neck surgeon, fellowship-trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, specializing in aesthetic surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.
Contact us today to learn more about New York City and Long Island laser hair removal!