Ladies Who Laser: Trim up for the Office Party With Laser Hair Removal on Your Lunch Break

by Gill Grozier - Date: 2010-11-19 - Word Count: 515 Share This!

Waxing, plucking, trimming, shaving - we all have our pet solution to the perennial problem of unwanted hair. For the modern woman (and man), time is of the essence, which may well go to explain the growing phenomenon that is laser hair removal.

How does it work?

Simply put, laser hair removal uses lasers to eliminate unwanted hair growth in almost any area of the skin. Some of the most popular spots are the bikini line, the underarms, the face and the legs. The treatment uses a laser beam to target the follicles, the roots of the hair which are found beneath the skin. This focused energy is used to disable the follicle, effectively preventing future hair growth.

Because hair growth works in cycles, laser hair removal is repeated a few times to ensure that the follicles are targeted at the point when they are most sensitive to the laser. Scientist call this phase of follicular development 'anagen', and follicles targeted at this stage provide the best results for the elimination of unwanted hair growth. Once complete, laser hair removal spells the end of waxing and shaving in the treatment area.

What's the downside?

Some people report mild discomfort during the procedure, which has been compared to the sensation felt during waxing. To combat the sensation, cold air is blown across the treated area throughout the treatment. Because response to treatment is affected by melanin, the skin and hair pigment, laser hair removal is most effective when used to treat dark or brown hair.

In some cases there may also be some redness or itching which is temporary and generally does not last more than a few days. As with all other procedures, it is important to use a reputable practitioner to ensure good quality treatment and expert support and advice.

Another option?

Electrolysis is the other main treatment available for the permanent removal of hair, using electricity to target the follicles and inhibit hair growth by overheating. A recent study in Turkey, however, found laser hair removal to be less painful, faster and up to 60 times more effective at eliminating unwanted hair than electrolysis.

The other, more traditional, methods of staving off unwanted hair are well known. Waxing and plucking are used widely, despite the level of pain that many people experience. Shaving causes less discomfort, but like the other methods, it is a temporary solution to a recurring problem.

Can I really do it on my lunch break?

Originally a specialist procedure, laser hair removal has quickly become a convenient option that can indeed be accommodated in a lunch hour or similarly short space of time. The treatment is widely offered by cosmetic and beauty clinics, in addition to the range of skin and hair treatments traditionally available. Perhaps the days of nipping off at lunchtime for a wince-inducing wax are behind us, with the possibility of permanent laser hair removal now a quick and convenient reality. Check in to a local laser hair removal clinic and see if they offer a free consultation. If they do, you'll be able to get more information and decide whether it is a suitable treatment for you.

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