Imagine smooth skin that is always hair-free. Hair removal is one of the most inconvenient aspects of a beauty regimen. While makeup can be fun and a nice, long bath is a treat, no one looks forward to removing their hair. Fortunately, laser hair removal is an effective solution that beats shaving, depilatory creams, and waxing. Read on to learn why this method works so well, and why Rejuvu Day Spa and Beauty Haven in West Point, UT offer this service.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Our laser hair removal treatment utilizes a state-of-the-art ICON laser to target unwanted hairs and alter the follicles so that they do not grow back. The results are near-permanent and outlast those of other methods.
How Long Does This Treatment Last?
Getting rid of unwanted hair with a laser treatment is one of the most long-lasting options. After completing their treatments, most clients only need a small touch up once a year, and sometimes even less frequently. When you compare this to shaving, which needs to be done once a week at minimum, and waxing, which only lasts a few weeks, it’s easy to see why most people consider laser hair removal to be almost permanent.
How Does It Work and Why Does It Work So Well?
About Laser Technology
Lasers use a light-based technology to eliminate hair. ICON lasers, which are used in this treatment, emit a medical-grade beam of light that can be focused specifically on hair follicles.
How Do Lasers Remove Hair?
Within your skin are tube-shaped sacs called follicles. These follicles are each responsible for producing a hair. The light an ICON laser emits is designed to be attracted to the melanin in your hairs. When the laser is applied, the light goes to your hair without affecting the surrounding tissue. From there, the light is converted into heat, which alters the follicle so that it can no longer create a hair.
Why Do the Results Last So Long?
Unlike shaving, depilatory creams or waxing, laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle. Therefore, the hair cannot grow back.
How Safe Is It?
As you will see, this treatment is actually safer than most of the other methods of hair removal. It is non-invasive and has been commercially available for decades. The ICON lasers we use are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Unlike other methods, they do not rely on razers, chemicals or hot wax.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated?
This method is effective on many areas where unwanted hairs can occur. The most common places include the upper lip, underarms, legs, chin, and bikini line. Fortunately, almost any area of the body can be treated. Your eyelids are pretty much the only place that is off-limits.
How Long Does a Treatment Take?
Treatments are extremely fast. For small areas, such as the upper lip, you can be in and out of your appointment within minutes. Even for larger areas, such as the legs, your treatment time will be less than two hours.
What Should You Do to Prepare?
Preparing for the treatment is straightforward. The most important thing is to avoid the sun and creams which will darken your skin because you want as much contrast between your skin color and the hair as possible. Also, don’t wax or tweeze the hairs before your appointment. Some hair must be present in order to attract the light from the laser.
Why Is This Hair Removal Treatment More Effective Than Other Methods?
Chances are, you have tried many other ways to get rid of your unwanted hair, and you already know what a mess they can cause. Here is a comparison of removing your hair via ICON lasers to some of the other methods:
Shaving has been practiced since the 1700s and, admittedly, it’s a little out of date. When you shave, you apply a very sharp, thin razer to the surface of your skin. Because the razer is so thin, it can cut your hair very close, giving it the appearance of being gone…but it isn’t! Shaving does not affect the hair follicle at all, which is why the hair can quickly grow back.
The results of shaving last a week at best. Depending on your skin type and the texture of your hair, you might need to shave very frequently. Some people actually shave every day and never get the completely smooth look they desire.
Shaving has a number of downsides besides the need for constant repetition. When you shave, the razer inevitably removes a thin layer of skin along with the hair. Shaving often can lead to redness and irritation of your skin. This “razor burn” is a common complaint among people who shave. Another way shaving can cause irritation is by affecting the direction in which some of the hairs grow. When this happens, you get red bumps and ingrown hairs. The more often you shave, the more likely this is to occur.
Shaving requires a lot of time and purchases. If you shave without products, you are almost certain to experience irritation. Therefore, special creams or soaps are necessary. To further prevent or treat any irritation, you need to apply a moisturizer afterward. Furthermore, the design of razers is becoming increasingly complicated, and finding the right one can take a lot of trial and error.
A final downside to shaving is that to do their job, the razers need to be extremely sharp. Given the frequency with which you need to shave to keep up the results, chances are you will cut yourself every now and then.
As an alternative to shaving, some people try depilatory creams. These remove the hairs via chemicals that dissolve them. Like shaving, they only treat hairs at the surface level and need to be used frequently.
The use of depilatory creams is not very popular, and for good reason. In order for them to work, you need to leave them on your skin for some time. Most people don’t like the idea of applying chemicals to themselves for an extended period. Depending on your skin, there is a good chance these creams will cause irritation. Often they have an odor that is not pleasant.
The process of using the creams can be a hassle. The application can be messy and is especially inconvenient for large areas of your body. The same cream will not work on all areas, so you need to be sure that you are getting the right product and may need to purchase several creams.
Waxing has been practiced even longer than shaving. The ancient Egyptians actually had a similar method that involved mixing sugar with oil and applying it to the skin. Waxing works by ripping the hair out from the root. While the results last longer than shaving, the hair will grow back after a few weeks.
Like shaving and depilatory creams, waxing can cause irritation. The wax adheres to you as well as your hair, meaning that the act of pulling it off puts a strain on your skin. If not done carefully and by a good professional, you can even get injured. Additionally, red bumps and ingrown hairs can occur.
Of all hair removal methods, waxing is known as one of the most painful. The discomfort varies depending on the part of your body you wish to wax. It is also one of the most expensive methods of hair removal, with treatments costing between $20 and $120 each. If done at home, waxing can be messy and time-consuming.
Considering the expense and the discomfort, the results of waxing can be less than ideal. Many people expect to be completely smooth for weeks only to find hairs appearing one week after they waxed. This happens because our hairs grow in cycles.
How Laser Hair Removal Eliminates All Hairs
Since our hair grows in cycles, at any given time only 20% to 40% of the hairs are growing at a length that is removable at any one time. Hairs do not grow at the same time, so when you choose to remove them, some will be visible above the surface while others are not. To remove all hairs, you need to get rid of the hairs on the surface and then wait for the ones that are in a different cycle to grow out.
When you opt for laser hair removal, we will schedule several appointments according to your hair growth cycles. Once all the appointments are done, all the hairs will be eliminated.
The Benefits of This Hair Removal Treatment
It Is Long-Lasting
Unlike other methods, laser hair removal delivers results that are near-permanent. No need to constantly buy hair-removal products and take time out of your day to use them. No need to feel uncomfortable wearing your bathing suit because you forgot to de-hair. With this method, you will always be smooth.
It Is a Clean Process
Unlike shaving products, depilatory creams, and wax, this method is extremely straightforward. You can let the professionals take care of your hair removal for you so that you don’t have to make a mess of your bathroom.
It Is Safe
With this method, you don’t have to worry about getting cut by razors, burned by hot wax, or irritated by chemicals. You can resume normal activities immediately following your treatment.
It Works Well On Dark, Thick Hair
Think your hair is too dark or thick for this treatment? Don’t worry! The light from the lasers targets the melanin in your hair. Hairs that are darker have more melanin, meaning they are actually more easily treated.
Choose Laser Hair Removal
Finally, we have a solution to the problem of unwanted hairs that is convenient and delivers lasting results: laser hair removal. This method works because the lasers are highly focused beams of light that can target your hairs without affecting the tissue around them. During the treatment, the light from the laser is absorbed by the follicle and converted into heat, which makes the follicle unable to produce another hair. The existing hair then falls out, leaving you smooth.
There are many benefits to choosing this service. It is safe, convenient, and thorough. You can look forward to smooth, hair-free skin all the time. You will save time and trips to the drugstore when you don’t have to worry about constantly using products to remove the hair yourself. Imagine…finally freedom from the hair!
To schedule a consultation, contact Rejuvu Day Spa and Beauty Haven in West Point, UT. We are happy to answer any questions you have about this service and discuss how we can customize it to suit your needs.