To zap or not to zap? How to decide if laser hair removal is right for you

You probably don’t need a poll to know that Americans don’t like body hair, but there are plenty that confirm exactly that. In fact, multiple polls indicate that the majority of American women shave their legs and underarms, and many men engage in hair removal on at least some part of their bodies (other than the face).

These surveys could explain why laser hair removal consistently ranks among the top cosmetic procedures in the U.S. The procedure uses lasers to destroy hair follicles over the course of multiple treatments. Once the follicle is dead, hair will no longer grow in the treated area.

In fact, the number of laser hair removal treatments increased by 46 percent in 2013, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS); it appears Americans don’t like shaving, plucking, razor burn and stubble any better than they like excess body hair.

Of course, before deciding on any cosmetic procedure, you should get educated on your options and fully understand the procedure. If you’re interested in laser hair removal, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, here are some common scenarios that prompt people to undergo the procedure:

* Frequent shaving irritates your skin. Razor burn symptoms can range from minor bumps on the skin to redness, severe rashes, and even infection in extreme cases.

* You have unwanted hair in areas where shaving is not practical, such as on your back or (for women) your upper lip.

* You’ve had reactions to common chemical hair removal methods, like depilatory creams and waxes.

* You’re looking for long lasting results.

Not all laser hair removal procedures are the same. Common laser treatment side-effects include skin irritation. Depending on your skin and hair type, some forms of laser treatment may not work for you. Or, you may find the process time-consuming, requiring numerous treatments to achieve long-lasting results.

One skin-friendly, effective alternative is Gentle Hair Removal – a treatment available with any Gentle Pro Series device from Syneron Candela. Effective on all skin tones, it’s faster and more comfortable than standard laser hair removal. Permanent hair reduction can often be achieved in four to six quick office treatments. It’s also an effective way to treat razor bumps and painful ingrown hairs.

“Hair removal with Syneron’s Gentle Pro laser combines high power with speed and is safe for all skin types, even dark skin which cannot be treated with many other systems,” says Dr. Mark Chinn of Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery in Fresno, California. “It is rapid and reliable, and can take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the areas being treated. A series of four or more treatments spaced about six weeks apart is recommended.”

Visit www.getgentlehairremoval.com to learn more about laser hair removal.


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