Dealing with unwanted hair is an ongoing issue for many women. We start tweezing our eyebrows from a young age, taming the unibrow and working for the perfect shape. We shave our legs day after day, month after month, getting used to the ongoing regimen that leaves us relatively smooth for just short periods. We deal with underarm hair, bikini lines, as well as scrutinizing every inch of our faces. It’s no wonder that laser hair removal has become such a popular treatment at places like Aurora Innovative Healthcare Centre for Women in San Antonio, TX.
For women who already face a life full of demands, spending our money well to carve out a little extra time while dramatically improving the longevity of our smooth skin is a no-brainer. The Icon Laser is one compelling option to get on top of this aesthetic issue in a way that seriously adds value and beauty to your life.
Hair Removal Basics
Alternatives to Laser Treatment
There are a whole array of off the shelf options for dealing with unwanted hair from shaving, plucking, waxing and using depilatory creams. We address our facial and body hair at home, with friends, and at the salon, and still, we miss spots, walk away with razor-burned, nicked, and sensitized areas, and rarely achieve that flawless result (and never for long). Some researchers estimate that women across the US spend over 1 billion dollars a year on razors. Clearly it isn’t working well, so why do we keep doing it?
Taking it to a personal level, the average woman dedicates a sizeable amount of money and time to the pursuit of smooth skin across the course of her lifetime. Each woman will spend somewhere between $10,000 and $23,000 across the course of her life on removing unwanted hair. We spend this money across the course of 1,728 hours of our life. That’s 72 days spent on hair removal. Since 35% of women share that they absolutely loathe shaving more than any other part of their beauty regimen, why don’t we stop?
We stop and weigh our investments for long-term efficacy whenever something is important. Is it a good choice, worth the results, and providing a return for what we’re putting in? If we stopped to measure the investment we put into getting smooth skin, the price in time and money would look ludicrous compared to the incredibly short-lived outcomes. It’s no wonder that finding a solution to the endless need for upkeep would be a gift to any woman!
What Is Laser Hair Removal With the Icon Laser?
Laser treatments use heat to reduce and even destroy the ability of hair to grow. Basically a straight beam of light from a laser heats up hair follicles down to their root, impeding their ability to regrow as before. The light is attracted to pigment, so it focuses on the darker hair rather than damaging your surrounding skin. For hair that is in the growth phase (anagen), the heat will damage it in such a way that it will not grow back the same.
With laser treatments growing in popularity with each decade, they’ve also grown more and more innovative. The Icon Laser is one of the latest models and the one we employ to target smaller areas, ensuring the most effective addressing of unwanted hair. It is a fractional laser, which means it can focus is on a target area with more precision than other models. The result is a more optimal result with each treatment.
You’ll keep that razor just in order to shave up before a session, as the treatments are most effective when they can focus on dealing with the hair down to the root (i.e., when the hair is shaved prior). However, the good news is you’ll need that razor less and less, as your hair will regrow with less thickness and density after each treatment. After your first series of treatments, you’ll see dramatic results, as the laser will have been able to address all the hair in the right cycle of growth across one area of skin.
How Long Do the Results Last?
With each treatment, you will see an immediate difference. After treatments, hair in the treated area will grow back thinner and finer than before, and particularly the hair that was in the ideal growth cycle when you had treatment.
Achieving your optimal results will depend on your physical characteristics and ideal results. Each individual has their own unique combination of skin and hair features. The density, color, and thickness of your hair follicles will help to determine your results. Thicker hair will grow in thinner, however, it may take more treatments to reach your goal if you have particularly thick hair.
What Areas Can I Laser?
Almost any area with unwanted hair can be treated with laser hair removal. In the facial region, this method is commonly used for eyebrows, upper and lower lip, chin, and even full-face applications. However, any area across your body can be addressed from underarm, tummy, bikini line to the full leg. You can get smooth skin for longer virtually anywhere.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Because our hair has growth cycles, with different hairs in each area across the skin in different phases of growth at any one time, you will need a series of treatments to address each area. For example, on your legs or even your upper lip, there will be hair in the first, second, and third cycles of growth all at the same time. Your first treatment will deal with some hairs in this first or growth cycle (anagen), while hairs that are already past this cycle will already be disconnecting from the root (resting, transitioning, or shedding).
A series of treatments will address an area, making the hair grow thinner and less frequently than before. The results will also depend on what area you’re addressing (thick versus thin hair, etc.). An occasional maintenance session should serve to keep these results over time. If your goal is more permanent hair removal, review your progress with our professional providers to plan the best course of action.
Are There Risks?
Lasering with the Icon Laser is incredibly advanced and relatively comfortable. For those who have waxed, they report far less discomfort with this procedure, and there is no recovery time or downtime associated with the treatment. Often clients schedule treatments in the middle of their busy schedule, as they know they can be in and out in no time.
As the laser does address your unwanted hair through the application of heat, it’s wise to avoid sun exposure after treatment. We recommend planning indoor activities for the day of the session! Our team is also ready to help advise on how to care for your newly smooth skin with moisturizers that maximize and protect your beauty. These and any other questions, no matter how delicate, will be gladly answered at your initial consultation, where we take time putting you at ease with even the most delicate of concerns.
As women work to enhance their natural beauty, dealing with unwanted hair is one of the most practical ways to move towards our aesthetic goals. Smooth, flawless skin just glows, letting our confidence flourish. However, addressing facial and body hair is a weekly if not a daily activity for millions of women, with many of us hating the unending drain on our time and budget with such short-lived results.
There are so many possible advantages of employing a method that has the ability to change your hair’s regrowth with each session. Compared to the alternatives that rarely deliver flawless results (amid the nicks, sensitive patches, and razor burn), and never for long, the laser hair removal approach makes a compelling case.
How Effective Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser treatments offer a viable long-term solution to the shaving, plucking, waxing dilemma. With targeted efficiency, unwanted hair is lasered away, making the expression ‘with laser-like precision’ literal and so practically helpful to your quality of life.
Each treatment leaves you in a better place, able to walk away with skin that stays smoother longer and hair that grows back thinner. Once you achieve the results you’re looking for, they can be maintained with just very occasional treatments, with your professional consultant giving the best guidance on how to achieve and keep your aesthetic goals.
How Effective Is the Icon Laser in Particular?
The Icon Laser is an innovative new model we put to work to give you the best results possible. This tool takes the idea of targeted treatment to a higher level. With the beam focusing on a smaller target area, each session with this laser delivers optimized attention to the unwanted hair, delivering the most effective treatment.
In a relatively short period, this powerful tool makes sure that your visits always strategically deal your hair follicles the hardest blow possible to stunt their growth.
Picking a Great Provider
Beyond choosing a great method, it’s also important to choose a great provider. When you’re weighing up the best practice for you, it’s important to remember that great tools are only as good as their user. In the right hands, laser treatments really are an incredibly effective technique that adds hours and confidence to your life. Make sure to weigh these basics in mind as you consider how to get the best out of your treatments by choosing the right provider:
- Ease of scheduling
- Presence in a community (references and testimonies)
- Care in a confidential, soothing environment
The Aurora Team
The team at Aurora is a devoted, caring, and highly qualified team that is ready to walk you through a journey towards your health and beauty goals. Our expert knowledge and years of experience mean we can help you craft a holistic solution that optimizes the results you are aiming for through treatments like laser hair removal with the Icon Laser, but also with complementary treatments, products, and medical advice in an environment where we can offer the best package for your needs.
Our Icon Laser is one great example of how we put our expert tools to work for you. We picked this model for its precision in addressing unwanted hair and for its ability to do much more than other lasers. The Icon Laser is a cutting edge model crafted to help you achieve the smoothest, beach-ready skin year-round through its non-invasive fat removal, fat reduction, and laser hair removal technology.
Ready to Get Started?
Advancements in technology should translate into a better quality of life for you. We are ready to help you achieve your health and beauty goals. Reach out to the team at Aurora Innovative Healthcare Centre for Women in San Antonio, TX, to set up your consultation today.