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Who is an Ideal Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Over 1 million Laser Hair Removal procedures were performed by doctors all across the United States in 2015.  The number of procedures has risen 52% since 2000.  The laser hair removal process has grown to be very popular because it is minimally invasive and is virtually painless.

It is estimated that over a lifetime for the average woman, $10,000 will be spent on shaving products, and over $23,000 will be spent on waxing for removing unwanted hair. Laser, or permanent hair removal, will only cost you $3000 over a lifetime to get hair free and feeling beautiful.

There are several reasons to consider removing hair from different parts of your body.  Some of them may be medical reasons.  Hirsutism is the condition that causes male-pattern hair growth in women.  The hair grown where men normally grow hair on the neck, chest, face, and back.  There are severe cases of this condition and also mild cases. 3 in 20 women have some sort of Hirsutism.  If you have these problems, you may want to consider talking to a doctor, and keeping laser hair removal as an option for getting rid of that unwanted hair.  

It is said that stress can cause the hair on your body to grow more rapidly.  If you have a high stress life and begin to notice that you are spending excessive amounts of time shaving, then laser hair removal is definitely for you, and will really help with the stress not having to worry about unwanted hair every day.

There are so many shaving products on the market as well. Most of these don’t get a very smooth shave even though the price point on these products are very high.  Laser hair removal 100% guaranteed to get your skin silky smooth.  Waxing can irritate your skin, and some people are very sensitive, leaving their skin abused, sore, and looking bad.  Not to mention the price of shaving and waxing is significantly higher than laser hair removal over a lifetime.  Saving money alone should be reason enough for anyone to choose this easy procedure over shaving and waxing.

Every procedure and every location that does the procedure will be slightly different depending on you and your characteristics. Before jumping into the procedure, you will want to talk to a specialist, to determine if laser hair removal is right for you, and figure out the best course of action for getting rid of your unwanted hair.  Before your procedure, you will have to prepare at least a month in advance to make sure you get the most out of it, after all, it is a significant investment.  Here are some tips and tricks to benefit greatly from your treatment:

  • Your skin needs to be as fair as possible when the treatment is done.  Discontinue tanning and use sunblock if you are going to be outside.
  • Do not pluck or wax the treatment area at minimum 2-4 weeks before your appointment.
  • Shaving the treatment area is ok, because it does not destroy the hair at the root, it just makes the hair shorter.
  • Do not bleach the hair at the treatment area.
  • Usually, the doctor will have you shave the area 1 or 2 days prior to the appointment, as longer hair can be more uncomfortable to remove.
  • Your Doctor may prescribe you oral medications such as an antibiotic.
  • The day of treatment make sure your skin is fresh and product free.
  • Dress comfortably in loose fitting clothes. You will not want your clothes rubbing on the treatment area or sticking to the after treatment healing cream either.

Do I qualify for laser hair removal?

This question will ultimately be answered by a doctor or dermatologist.  However, if you find yourself asking this question, then it’s a good idea to go ask a specialist if you do.  There are a few things to consider before asking a doctor if you qualify though.  Here are a few things to think about:

  • You have an abnormal amount of unwanted hair in places that make you uncomfortable
  • You may have a medical condition that you want a doctor to further explain and possibly come up with a treatment option
  • You may find yourself shaving more than the average 10 minutes a day
  • You find it far more cost effective to consider permanently removing the hair over your lifetime
  • You also may find it very time consuming and embarrassing having to wax the affected areas of your body
  • You may find yourself having a stressful lifestyle and are looking to ease the burden of shaving and waxing
  • You just don’t feel as beautiful and comfortable as you should

The most important point to think about is whether or not you feel or as beautiful as you should.  Saving a significant amount of money not shaving or waxing and looking and feeling better about your body getting laser hair removal should be an easy decision to make.

Aftercare and follow up

As with the pre-procedure instructions, your doctor will give you post-procedure instructions as well, and they are just as important to follow.  Here are a few things to expect after your treatment and some tips and tricks to help with your aftercare:

  • Expect itchy skin, redness, and sensitivity
  • Use sunscreen to protect the treatment area
  • The hair on the area will shed, and blackheads will appear, but this is normal.  Use an exfoliating wash to gently keep the area clean
  • Do not tweeze, wax, or thread new hair that grown in the treatment area, this means that you will need another treatment, and that hair needs to be there to be removed by the laser permanently
  • Shaving the treatment area is OK in between treatments

The most important tip is that if you have any questions or concerns, you need to call your specialist, because they will know how to help you the best.

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