With summer almost here, who would want to miss out on a beach trip or a visit to the rooftop pool? If you want to be ready for a beach season, it’s certainly time to consider your options when it comes to keeping your bikini line, hands and legs swimsuit-ready. Let’s take a look at some common hair removal options, and their different levels of convenience, pain, expense, and longevity.
Waxing is a common method of hair removal in which warm wax is applied to the area and pulled off in the opposite direction with a waxing strip, pulling hairs out at the roots. It works best for underarm, bikini area, and leg hair removal. It is great for women with coarse, dark hair.
This method temporarily removes hair at the root and results lasts for an average of about 3 weeks. However, the procedure can be moderately painful, since hair is ripped out at the root. Also, it can also lead to ingrown hairs. Also, in order to be effective, waxing needs some hair re-growth as the wax needs at least 1/4-inch of hair to adhere to. The cost can range anywhere from $35 to $80, depending upon the areas waxed and your choice of salon.
Depilatory creams contain chemicals that weaken the hair so that it can be wiped off effectively. They are best for people who want a quick, easy, and relatively painless hair removal option to do at home. This option is most popular for facial hair, underarms and bikini line.
These creams can be used at home, and remove hair slightly below the surface of the skin. They promise a slower and less coarse re-growth as compared to shaving. However, the chemicals in such products can irritate sensitive skin, especially on delicate areas. Also, the creams are infamous for their smell and can also lead to ingrown hairs. The cost of these creams is $6 to $12 on average.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most effective and popular options available today. During treatment, the laser penetrates the skin and targets the hair shaft to inhibit hair growth. It basically destroys the hair follicles, which means it can help achieve permanent hair removal for men and women. Usually, hair on the treated area falls out within 2 to 3 weeks.
Laser hair removal is best for people who have hair that is darker than their skin. It is not suited for people with dark skin and pale hair, since it targets the melanin in the hair. The treatment is great for long term hair removal on all areas of the body. It does not cause any damage to the skin and therefore the most sensitive skin can be treated. There’s a good reason why so many people are even opting for facial laser hair removal. Amongst all other methods of facial hair removal for men, laser treatment is considered the most effective.
The cost can range from $95 to $250 per session, with an average of 6 sessions recommended, depending upon the area being treated. While it may seem quite expensive, many consider laser treatment as an investment that pays off in the long run. It is the most effective treatment considering how much you spend over a lifetime with other hair removal options. To know more about body or facial laser hair removal, fix up an appointment with a specialist.
What Does Fractional Laser Treat?
Fraxel skin treatmentThere are 2 types of fractional lasers, the erbium fractional laser and the CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser. Erbium lasers like Fraxel are the gentler of the two, and referred to as “non-ablative”. In general, Fraxel laser skin resurfacing is better for younger patients (under 50). It is effective for treating fine wrinkles and mild to moderate acne scarring. The CO2 system is better for older patients, and for treating deeper wrinkles, deeper acne scarring, other scars and skin tightening. Fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing treats skin more deeply, but requires more downtime as compared to Fraxel.
What is the Difference between Fraxel and Fraxel Dual?
Fraxel Dual is effective in treating pigment problems, brown spots, and sun damage in a better manner than regular Fraxel. However, its effect on melasma caused during pregnancy is still in question and one needs to be skeptical if that is your main problem. It’s better for larger areas such as the chest, arms, back or legs.
How does Fractional Resurfacing Work?
In fractional laser skin resurfacing, the laser creates “microthermal” zones deep in the skin. The skin repairs these zones by pushing the old sun damaged skin out from the tiny pixels and replacing it with newer skin. Every treatment replaces approximately 15 to 20 % of the wrinkled sun damaged, or scarred skin. It triggers the natural healing process of the body and accelerates the production of collagen as well as of new and healthy skin cells. Around 1,000 to 2,000 microthermal zones are created per centimeter squared.
Can Fraxel Be Performed With Other Cosmetic Procedures?
Yes. It can be performed with Juvederm, Restylane and other temporary or semi-permanent fillers. However, wait for one week after having the fractional laser skin resurfacing procedure done. For Sculptra, it’s best to have Fraxel done first, or you would need to wait for 3 months after your last Sculptra injection in order to start the Fraxel treatment. For Thermage, wait for 1 week before or after the Fraxel procedure.
How Many Treatments Do I need?
Usually, Fraxel laser skin resurfacing takes 3 to 5 sessions, spaced approximately 3 to 8 weeks apart. You will be given an estimate during your consultation. The number of sessions required depends upon the extent of the sun damage, wrinkles or acne scarring. You will notice gradual improvement with each treatment.
Can I Resume Work Immediately?
No, you need to rest on the day of treatment. You can resume work and routine activities after your doctor approves it, normally 1 to 7 days after treatment.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
This depends upon how well you protect your skin against the sun, and your genetic ageing process. If you use sunscreen and wear sun protective clothing, the skin will look good for longer. Don’t spend a lot of time outdoors or go tanning. If you take proper care, your skin will continue to look good for a long time, with annual maintenance treatments.
When Can I See Results?
Results from laser skin treatment depend upon what you have undergone treatment for. Many people notice results in a week after their first session. The skin feels smoother, has a glow and looks less blotchy. It can take 5-6 months before you see best results. Usually, collagen continues to develop even up to 3 to 6 months after treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects include temporary swelling, redness, crusting and occasional bruising or tiny superficial blisters.
What Does It Cost?
The cost of laser skin tightening or skin resurfacing can vary according to where you live, the clinic you opt for, and the size of the treatment area. Costs for full face resurfacing range from $900-$1400. A full face with neck and chest can range from $1500 to $1900. You will be given a specific quotation before the procedure.
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