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What are Laser Hair Removal’s Advantages over Shaving?

Shaving is no fun, and so you may find yourself wondering what are laser hair removal’s advantages over shaving? As it turns out, they make a fine argument for treatment. Read on to learn more about laser hair removal and why it may be right for you.

It may surprise you to know that laser surgery is actually cheaper in the long run. Permanent hair removal solutions are only initially more expensive. After the treatments are done by a capable professional, you don’t have to keep going back again and again, paying year after year for waxing appointments. And laser hair removal advantages extend beyond long-term cost.

Are the Results Actually Permanent?

After about two years, some hair will grow out again, but this time it will be thinner and sparser. It takes just one laser treatment per year to keep up the results. Remember that the number of treatments may vary from individual to individual, depending on how hairy you are and the coarseness of your hair. Nonetheless, the hair will definitely be sparser and finer each time it grows back. Laser treatments make permanent changes to your hair follicles, so with each treatment, your follow up appointments are becoming less and less necessary.

There are some aesthetic benefits specific to laser treatments as well: no post-shaving stubble or dark shadow after shaving one’s underarms. For some women, dark stubble or shadow is an ongoing problem and they find themselves looking less well-groomed than they actually are.

This can lead to another failure of the traditional razor, insofar as the shaving frequently can be painful. It can lead to cuts and rashes where the skin is most delicate. Laser treatments are also much less painful than waxing can be. If removing unwanted hair painlessly is a priority for you, then laser treatments may be your best bet.

How Does Laser Treatment Compare to Electrolysis?

Laser treatments tend to be briefer and less expensive and they hurt less. Electrolysis is also more invasive because each hair follicle has to be individually dealt with, and having people inserting needles into hair roots over and over may be too much for some women. Also, Electrolysis can sometimes discolour the skin.

Electrolysis can have additional hazards. For example, if hair follicles are bent or misshapen (which is quite common) getting the electrolysis needle to the root of the follicle takes more work. However, even with laser treatment, it’s always important to share all relevant information with your medical professional. As mentioned in the Globe and Mail, “If you are concerned about the possibility of skin damage or if you have ever had issues with scarring, tell the technicians so they can adjust the settings on the laser accordingly to minimize the risks.”

Am I Limiting My Options with Laser Treatments?

In a word, No. Laser treatments can also be supplemented with other grooming methods depending on your situation. As Pointed out in Fresh Magazine, “Unlike waxing, you can shave between treatments. Say goodbye to the days of having to grow your hair out; with laser hair removal, you can shave as much as you like between sessions.”

Consult an Experienced Professional about Hair Removal

The right doctor will help you make the right decision.

Dr. Kenneth Dickie offers patients a personable approach to cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical procedures.  We proudly offer plastic surgery services to Barrie, Collingwood, Sudbury, Orillia, Huntsville, Bracebridge and surrounding areas.

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