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Laser Hair Removal: The New Razor?

Can waxing and shaving now be considered an archaic daily ritual? With the latest in cosmetic services, Americans are finding that laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to permanently rid themselves of unwanted hair.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic trends in America. In fact, among all types of cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, laser hair removal last year ranked second only to Botox injections.

So how does laser hair removal work? During a laser hair removal procedure, laser energy is used to destroy hair follicles permanently. In most areas of the body, each laser pulse will produce a slight tingling feeling. The procedure should not be painful but rather feel like a quick pinch. Just as with any other cosmetic procedure, physicians must plan an individualized course of treatment for each client in order to maintain positive results with laser hair removal. Most effective laser hair removal treatment packages will take six treatment sessions for maximum results.

In the past laser hair removal was not effective for those with dark skin. In 2005 The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported 20 percent of cosmetic procedures were done on people of color. Protocols and technologies have recently improved and now the procedure is proven to be successful for people of all ethnicities and skin types. Laser hair removal providers such as American Laser Centers have developed special candidate evaluation procedures, so people with various skin types can benefit from the treatment.

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore, corporate medical director and vice president for American Laser Centers, offers these tips for a successful laser hair removal experience:

* Choose a trusted service provider — There are many so called “laser hair removal” providers out there. Find one with a trusted name and a good reputation. To ensure procedures are conducted safely and effectively, check to make sure your laser hair removal administrator has been trained and certified to conduct the procedure.

* Avoid old equipment — Even in the most sensitive areas, such as the upper lip, laser hair removal should feel like a quick, light pinch. Avoid laser hair practitioners that use old equipment, which can cause the procedure to hurt.

* Minimize sunlight exposure during treatment — It is very important to steer clear of the sun while you are receiving laser hair removal services. Skin will be sensitive to light and long exposure may impact the effectiveness of the procedure. Sunblock with a high SPF is recommended for daily use.