Friday, May 22, 2015

Want to look laser sharp this summer?

It's almost bikini time--or maybe tank top time anyway. This means laser treatments for permanent hair removal for some, says Jayme Bashian, director of Simply Posh Aesthetic Spa.

She says laser is more effective, less time-consuming, and less painful than creams, shaving, waxing, and tweezing.

Here is how it works. A low-energy laser directs light to the target area. The heat is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the bulb of each hair follicle. This damages the follicle so it can't grow.  Since dark colors of hair, brown or black, absorb laser light better, this works better on darker hair.

Supposedly this is permanent, although some ligher, finer hair may find its way back. Between three and eight treatments several weeks apart may be needed to get hairs in all stages of growth.

You need to avoid plucking, waxing, and electrolysis as well as sun exposure a few weeks before and after treatment.

During the treatment, a cooling gel may be applied. You may not feel anything but that. The laser is applied several minutes to the upper lip and larger areas.

There may be some redness or swelling for a few hours--apply more lotion. In a couple of weeks, the treated hairs fall out.

Of course, this might not go so smoothly if done by some amateur--you need to be sure it's under the supervision of a properly trained and experienced doctor.

Read that last sentence again. Thank you.

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