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Removing unwanted hairs from the legs, underarms, and bikini area usually requires a lot of time, money, and maintenance—especially during the summer when temperatures are warm enough to bare the skin daily.

Conventional hair removal products such as razors, creams, and wax kits can become costly over time and aren’t always efficient at completely removing all hairs. Laser hair removal is a convenient and easy way to remove unwanted hairs while saving time and money in the long term.

Here’s more about how laser hair removal works and how to request an appointment from North Shore Med Spa for this and other aesthetic services.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses light-based technology to target and destroy the follicles of unwanted hairs. This treatment can be used on nearly every part of the body where unwanted hairs are growing, including:

  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Bikini area
  • Neck
  • Face

During several treatment sessions, the unwanted hairs targeted by laser therapy will stop growing back in, and hair will be greatly reduced in those areas. Hair grows in cycles, which is why several treatments are often needed to target all active hair follicles. Most patients need four to six treatments spaced at least 30 days apart to achieve desired results.

Laser hair removal offers several benefits over conventional hair removal treatments. These benefits include:

  • Financial savings. This treatment eliminates the need to buy hair removal products over a lifetime.
  • More free time. Treatment sessions last about 10 to 20 minutes each and reduce the amount of time spent daily or weekly on waxing, tweezing, and shaving.
  • Fewer ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are not a side effect of laser hair removal.
  • Less pain. This treatment is usually far less painful than tweezing and waxing, though everyone has their own level of pain tolerance. Certain areas of the body may be more sensitive to laser hair removal, such as the upper lip and bikini region.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal is a relatively simple and straightforward process. It works by directing a highly concentrated laser beam at the pigments in all the hair follicles being targeted. The heat generated by the laser damages the hair follicles and prevents hair from growing back in those particular follicles. Given how hair grows in cycles, several treatment sessions are often needed to ensure all the follicles in areas of unwanted hair get targeted.

This cosmetic treatment is non-invasive, as it requires no injections or incisions. Many times, a numbing cream or ointment is applied to the treatment areas beforehand to reduce any pain or discomfort. During treatment, the laser technician will pull the skin taut while passing the laser device over the area of unwanted hair. Each session lasts between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Why Interested Patients Should Start Now

Summer is just weeks away, so anyone who desires soft, smooth, and hairless skin should make their first appointment as soon as possible. Many patients don’t see their desired results until after about four treatment sessions, which are spaced four weeks apart to ensure that hair follicles at various stages of growth can be effectively targeted.

Even if laser hair removal treatments must continue through summer to achieve desired hair reduction, a large portion of unwanted hair will still be greatly reduced after one or more treatments.

To find a provider that offers laser hair removal, type “laser hair removal near me” into a search engine or contact North Shore Med Spa at (516) 441-5110.

The Laser Center at North Shore Med Spa offers laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, hand rejuvenation, fractional skin resurfacing, and vein treatment. Contact us today at (516) 441-5110 to request a consultation, discuss the cost of laser hair removal, and learn more about our laser services.