Getting to the Root of the Problem

Do you feel like you spend hours a week shaving unwanted body hair? If you do, you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. The task of hair removal has always been daunting. While waxing is effective, it is a mere bandaid to the problem and just a small step up from shaving.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution, you may want to consider laser hair removal. Unlike waxing or shaving, the goal isn’t to get rid of the hair temporarily but rather stop the growth of the hair all together. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done procedures in the United States today and due to advancements in lasers, modern day machines are virtually pain free. In addition to being safe and comfortable, the demand for the treatment has made the market competitive, making laser hair removal more affordable than in years past.

According to the Food and Drug Administration permanent hair reduction is defined as the long term stable reduction in the number of hairs regrowing after a treatment regime. So what does that mean?  The term laser hair removal can be a bit misleading. Perhaps a better way to explain it is permanent laser hair “reduction.” When a client returns for waxing, they are tackling the same amount of body hair they had at their last appointment. With laser hair removal, the amount of hair actually decreases with each appointment.  While some see some results after just one appointment, for others it can take 3-4 visits before they notice a decline in hair growth. Research shows that treatments are most effective when done once per month for 12-`18 sessions. Clients who are diligent about attending their appointments and who complete the full cycle of treatments usually need no more than 1 – 2 touch appointments a year to maintain their results! That’s so much better than daily shaving or monthly appointments to get waxed, don’t you agree?

Results vary and depend on a variety of factors: age, skin color, hair color, and ethnicity. The good news is that more people can benefit from laser hair removal now than ever before and the lasers continue to develop to reach even more people. Dermani MEDSPA® uses the latest technology in laser hair removal: the continuous motion diode laser. This laser has been shown in multiple research studies to be extremely safe and effective on all skin types.

Laser hair removal works by attacking the melanin (a pigment in our bodies) in the hair follicle. Melanin is what gives us our skin, hair, and eye color. It also protects us from sun radiation. In laser hair removal, the heat comes from a tiny laser rather than the sun but the body’s reaction is the same.

Because the goal of laser hair removal is to ultimately stop hair growth, the procedure has to do a little damage (key word here being little). The hotter the temperature from the laser and the longer it is maintained, the higher the chance a cell will die. By damaging the germ cells in the hair follicles with heat, eventually the hair will stop growing all together. The laser zaps the hair in a series of short pulses to avoid the heat traveling where it should not go. At dermani MEDSPA® all of our laser practitioners are licensed by the state of Georgia for all of the laser procedures we perform assuring an amazing and safe treatment each time.

As with any cosmetic procedure, we recommend first doing a consultation with a licensed professional to get all of your questions answered. Many are surprised to hear that prior to laser hair removal, clients are asked to shave. The reason for this is that hair on the exterior of the skin will attract the laser and the goal is to zap the hair follicle, not the hair. At the same time, clients are instructed not to wax. While waxing removes the hair on the exterior of the skin, it also removes the follicle which is necessary for the process of laser hair removal! You can however wax and then receive laser hair removal in as little as two weeks after.

At dermani MEDSPA® we are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals, especially when it comes to the removal of unwanted hair. Call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at dermanimedspa.com!

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