Hair plays a big role when it comes to our identity, attraction and self-esteem. Many women want to have long hair on their heads, but little or no hair on the rest of their bodies. The hair care industry might be booming, but so is the hair removal industry. While there are plenty of hair removal options out there that give you a quick, temporary fix, you might be ready to try something longer lasting.
Laser hair removal can permanently get rid of hair you don’t want, whether it’s on your legs, underarms, or another area of the body. Along with getting rid of pesky unwanted hair, there are a number of reasons why you might consider a laser hair removal treatment.
You’ll Save Money in the Long Run
Upfront, the cost of a laser treatment to remove hair is more than the cost of heading to a salon for waxing or the cost of purchasing razors. In the long run,however, laser hair removal can be the more affordable option. In many cases, people only need a few treatments before their unwanted hair is gone for good. Compare that to the cost of going to the salon for a wax several times a year for the rest of your life, or the cost of buying a $5 razor or replacement razor blade every week for the rest of your life.
You’ll Feel More Confident
Having unwanted hair can make you feel a bit self-conscious. If the hair is under your arms, you might be worried about wearing sleeveless shirts or about lifting your arms over your head. If the hair is on your legs, you might worry about missing a patch of hair when shaving, then wearing shorts or a short skirt. While facial hair on a man is socially acceptable, many women would rather the world not see their mustache or that they have a bit of stubble on their chin.
When you decide to have laser hair removal, you won’t have to worry that you missed a spot or that your hair has started to grow back in. You can feel confident about wearing shorts, skirts, tank tops and your swimsuits once again.
Say Goodbye to Razor Bumps
One of the big downsides of shaving, aside from the risk of accidently nicking yourself, is the development of razor bumps, or ingrown hairs. You get razor bumps when the hair curls up and grows back into the skin. The bumps can not only make you feel self-conscious, they can also be a bit painful, can cause pimples, and may leave scars.
Despite their name, other methods of hair removal can lead to razor bumps, such as waxing. On the other hand, laser hair removal completely destroys the hair and follicle, so that there is no small piece of hair left to grow inwards. The best way to avoid the bumps to give up the method of hair removal that causes them.
You Won’t Have to Worry About Pain
Waxing is known to be painful while chemical hair removers can cause pain by irritating your skin. If you’ve ever cut yourself shaving, you know that it’s a particular kind of stinging pain. Although the process of laser hair removal uses a laser to destroy the follicle, the treatment is generally less painful than other options. The Sciton JOULE machine used at the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute cools the skin during the treatment, keeping any discomfort to a minimum.
Simplify Your Routine
Hair removal can really throw a wrench in your schedule. If you have a big date or event coming up, you usually need to time your hair removal treatment so that you don’t have stubble or signs of irritation on the big day.. If you’re going to the beach, for example, you’ll want to avoid shaving the day before or the day of, as the salt water and sand will irritate your freshly shaved skin.
With laser hair removal, there’s no need to worry about timing, since once you’ve had a series of treatments, the results are permanent. The biggest thing you’ll need to think about after laser hair removal is protecting your skin from the sun. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and remember to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when you do go outdoors.
If you’re tired of shaving or if your waxing appointments are becoming too frequent and too costly, talk to Dr. George Bitar about your laser hair removal options. The board certified plastic surgeon will explain the procedure and let you know if you are a good candidate. To schedule a consultation, call (703) 206-0506 today.
George Bitar, MD, FACS is an award-winning, board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, the Founder and Medical Director of Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Virginia. He specializes in the latest surgical and minimally invasive techniques to scar management and reduction. Dr. Bitar is involved in groundbreaking research and education in plastic surgery and has authored numerous articles, abstracts, and chapters.