The pubic hair region or bikini line can be tricky to groom, but bikini laser hair removal can help you avoid ingrown hairs, razor bumps, dry skin, itchiness, and rash. Unlike your traditional hair removal methods, such as shaving, waxing, and threading, laser hair removal delays growth for an extended period. It, therefore, eliminates the constant need to shave, making it a better alternative to other hair removal methods.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of laser light to remove unwanted hair on body parts such as your legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. It can be used nearly on all body parts except the eyelids and surrounding areas due to the possibility of severe eye injury. Besides the eyelids and surrounding areas, laser hair removal cannot also be used on skin with tattoos.
How does laser hair removal work?
During laser hair removal, the laser device emits light absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair (melanin). The light is then converted to heat energy which destroys the hair follicles beneath the skin, inhibiting or delaying hair growth for an extended period. As a basic principle, the hair pigment and not the skin should absorb the light. Therefore, people with dark hair and light skin get the best outcomes after laser hair removal. Little contrast between skin and hair increases the risk of skin damage, but advancement in technology has made laser hair removal an option for people with dark skin.
Because the melanin in the hair absorbs the light, the procedure is less effective for people with hair colors that don’t absorb light well. For example, you might not attain optimal results if you have red, gray, white, or blond hair.
The risks of laser hair removal
The risk of side effects differs depending on skin type, hair color, and pre-treatment and post-treatment care compliance. It is typical for the treated area to appear red, swollen, and tender immediately after treatment, but these side effects are temporary and improve within a few days. The treated areas may darken or lighten – skin lightening usually occurs if you don’t avoid sun exposure before and after treatment.
Although rare, laser hair removal can cause some changes in skin texture; for example, you may have crusting, blistering, or scarring.
Laser hair removal is a safe treatment when performed by a board-certified doctor in a specialty such as cosmetic surgery or dermatology. Working with nonmedical personnel increases the risk of skin damage. For this reason, you should avoid spas, salons, and other facilities that allow untrained people to perform the treatment.
What happens during laser hair removal?
The practitioner may apply a cooling gel on your skin or use a laser with a cooling device on the tip to lessen the risk of side effects. Next, your provider activates the laser device and presses it on your skin for the heat to damage the hair follicles. You may feel a warm pinprick, but you will likely feel a cold sensation from the cooling device.
If you are tired of everyday shaving, visit your specialist at Park Slope Laser Aesthetic Center for laser hair removal to enjoy smooth and hair-free skin.