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If you have issues with unwanted body hair, you are not alone. Both men and women have hair they don’t want in places they don’t want it. Some women would give up Netflix, coffee and sex not to have to shave83 percent of men trim some part of their body hair. Some people see the hair they have as socially unacceptable, such as arm or upper lip hair for women or back and neck hair for men. Don’t let unwanted body hair keep you from enjoying life; instead, take care of those awkward areas with laser hair removal.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams of light that focus on the pigment of the hair follicle to destroy the hair. That is why, historically, fair-haired people with dark skin have had more success with laser treatments. This is a consideration for men who would like to remove hair around the privates because that skin is typically darker than elsewhere on the body. Also, different lasers work better on some body parts than others. It pays to consult your clinician about the specific areas you wish to be treated and whether the clinic has lasers that are effective for those areas.

Will It Hurt There?

Areas we consider awkward for hair like the pubic area or around the anus will definitely be more sensitive to treat than other areas because the skin there is tender. Laser hair removal feels like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin when the follicle is targeted. You should never feel like your skin is being burned during laser hair removal. This is why it’s so important to choose a reputable and reliable clinic for laser hair removal like Love Your Body Medical Spa with credentialed staff like Dr. Divina Averilla.

Will it Work for Me?

The reality is, laser hair removal works differently for different people on different areas of the body. While a man might find that laser hair removal was 80-90% effective in the “bikini area,” it may only be 70% effective on the neck or back. Every person is different. You have to decide what your goals are for laser and what results you’re willing to accept. If you are a person who has to shave his neck twice a day, you may feel a 70% reduction in that effort is well worth it.

If you’re a woman who whose hair texture is more stubbly than you want, an 80% reduction in hair and a potential change in hair texture may be worthwhile to you. Keep in mind that because your hair grows in cycles, you will need at least six treatments to see long-term results.

Do Your Research

Love Your Body Medical Spa suggests that you research laser hair removal before making your laser appointment. Consult your clinician about the type of equipment available. Discuss your desires and the potential effectiveness of laser for you. Know how to prepare for your first treatment. Learn what you need to do afterward to increase your chances of a successful treatment. Above all, make sure you and your skin are safe during and after treatment.

Finally, decide whether you really want to permanently take care of those awkward areas with laser hair removal. If you think you may change your mind at a later date, you can try a mixed treatment of an area. For example, you may leave a triangle of hair above the pubis that is easy to wax and laser the remaining bikini line. Just like fashion for head hair changes, fashion for hair on the rest of your body will, too.

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