Smooth skin reveals your natural beauty, uncovering the glow and softness that often hide under unwanted hair. Finding a real solution to facial and body hair is one effective way to work towards achieving your aesthetic goals, helping you look and feel great. Hair removal treatments move you closer to your most attractive self. To get started on yours, contact us at Aurora OBGYN in San Antonio and read on to learn more.
Why Laser Treatments?
From antiquated razors to electronic shavers, the drain of addressing daily regrowth through shaving can leave you exhausted, with your skin nicked and razor-burned, and rarely smooth for long. Then there is a myriad of depilatory creams to try, with varying degrees of short-lived success (not to mention the awful stink and skin sensitivities). Waxing leaves us sticky, sore, and waiting for stubbly regrowth before the next treatment. Many of the traditional options are exhausting and extremely short-term.
Laser treatments have gained increasing attention as one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today, helping address your unwanted hair concerns while giving you a real solution with quick and potentially long-term effects.
Basics of Hair Removal With a Laser
This treatment uses a beam of light to heat up your hair follicle to the root, damaging its ability to grow and thinning the shaft. The beam is a straight laser that targets the pigment in your hair, infusing the heat into the follicle while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. The strength of the heat is strategically focused on the hair in such a way that it addresses the growth capacity of your hair, leaving your skin smoother for longer. The treatment addresses the follicle rather than the naturally delicate layers of the epidermis and dermis, dealing with unwanted hair while not harming the surrounding skin.
Since its inception in the 1970s, laser treatments have had marked advancements. With decades of experience and a dedication to the highest quality, our team knows how to use this tried and true method to your best advantage. Our experts understand not only the best practices in implementing laser removal with high-quality professionalism but also how to incorporate the best plan of approach for your unique skin concerns.
How Often Should You Get a Hair Removal Treatment?
First, you’ll need to understand the basics of how your hair grows. Your hair has three growth cycles, with the first one (the growth cycle) being the one where laser treatments can address hair growth. The other cycles are the transition phase and then the resting and shedding phase. Each hair on your face and body has its own unique timing through these cycles, so you will have hair in one area going through all the different cycles at the same time. As a result, you will need multiple treatments to address all the hair in one area.
Your treatments will be phased with weeks in between each treatment per your clinician’s guidance (typically 4-6 weeks). Each treatment will have a noticeable immediate difference, however, with only one treatment or two, the results will not be long-lasting. If you skip or miss sessions, you may find yourself six months down the line feeling like you’re not sure there’s a marked difference in your hair growth. On the other hand, a series of five treatments will start to seriously address the hair in one area, giving you a reduction in growth that is noticeable and ongoing.
Waiting too long between sessions means you may miss a cycle of growth, and then you’ll be targeting follicles you’ve already addressed while others get missed. Sticking to the designated regimen is important to achieve optimal results. Once you finish a package of treatments, you will likely only need a touch-up session or sessions to maintain those results.
Other Top Questions Answered
Your number of treatments and the effectiveness of your treatments will vary based on several key factors. Here are a few top questions people ask when trying to gain insight into what to expect, how many treatments you might need, and how to plan for the most effective treatments:
What Areas Can Be Treated?
You can use laser hair removal to address hair across your face and on virtually any area of the body where unwanted hair grows. For facial hair, you can address the thinner hair of the eyebrow area, cheeks, forehead, upper and lower lip, chin, or even your full face. For body hair, you can address any area you can imagine. The targeted laser can address the thicker and denser hair found across your body, from underarms and full legs to back, chest, and abdomen hair. Even delicate areas like nipples and bikini areas can be handled with care.
Laser hair removal is an effective option for men or women to get a longer-lasting smooth look. This method minimizes ingrown hairs and thins your regrowth. Our experts are available for a complimentary consult to help you plan and schedule your treatments for the easiest, most noticeable difference.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Your number of treatments will depend on the area you’re addressing and the results you want. For the thick hair on a leg treatment, you can expect to need more treatments than naturally thinner follicles like facial hair or that which you might have on your upper arms. Also, if your goal is thinning and reducing regrowth, you’ll need fewer treatments than if your goal is completely stopping your hair’s growth.
Your body has its own unique combination of hair growth, thickness, and density. Professional clinicians will be prepared to walk you through the best course of action to address your skin concerns and reach your optimal results.
What Can I Expect at a Treatment?
For the curious, one of the biggest questions is about how the treatment feels. Most clients report a buzzing, tingling sensation. Many also report far less discomfort than their experiences with waxing, with no numbing or anesthesia needed. Advances in laser treatment have included cooling systems, minimizing any discomfort.
The treatments are quick, depending on the size of the area you’re addressing. For example, dealing with unwanted hair on your upper lip will be quicker than a session on your full legs. However, with lasers developed to address larger areas, even the full leg can now be addressed in a relatively short time. With flexible scheduling and no downtime for recovery, many clients schedule their treatments in between errands or on a break from work. As a simple, short session, you can be done in no time and off to face the rest of your day.
Each person has different skin issues and sensitivities, so in your complimentary consultation, our experts can consider your needs and the best course of action. Occasionally clients with more extreme sensitivities will want to apply a numbing cream (topical and fast-acting) to the area prior to the treatment. While this is a rare need, our expert team can help you decide whether this step would be advisable for you.
The real advantages of laser hair removal are convenience, relative ease, and long-term results. Clients report that they start to see smoother skin after one session. With results increasing after each treatment, you’ll see your hair growing thinner and more slowly with longer periods between regrowth.
As treatments progress, your pores will be less visible and your results more noticeable after each successive treatment. Another bonus to laser hair removal is better long-term comfort as your ingrown hairs start to disappear. Maintaining results is also quick and easy with short and occasional follow-up sessions as seldom as once or twice annually.
If you’re tired of the endless drain of shaving, creams, or waxing, it’s a great time to consider all the pros of laser treatments. You understand that having soft, smooth skin for longer is an optimal way to move towards enhancing the best you, and now you need to pick a great provider.
You want a relaxing, stress-free environment where you’re treated like a person with your own goals and needs, rather than a customer to be sold something else. You want to find a team that offers a variety of options, with the expertise to answer your questions so you can find the best plan of action.
You need a holistic approach, where caring professionals with a wealth of experience partner with you to achieve your optimal results. Find a place that has established a strong community presence with results that are proven over time. Look for a group that has a variety of services and products, but who won’t force you into a purchase. Rather, they should guide you on your journey to picking the best fit for your needs.
At Aurora OBGYN, we are passionate about helping you achieve your beauty, health, and wellness goals. Our foundation of innovation, expertise, and care prepare us to work with you and for you, combining our passion and acuity to get you great results.
Each unique individual has his or her own combination of concerns and possibilities, and we specialize in approaching each person with an eye for how to best synergize treatments to help reach your aesthetic vision. We are expert cosmetic specialists.
Expertise and Care
Our attention to the detailed needs of each individual has helped us achieve a high level of success and loyalty. Laser hair removal treatments are an incredibly effective tool when you want a strong, established team as a partner in achieving your optimal self. With an eye on best practices and keeping abreast of innovations through ongoing training, our dedicated specialists know how to get the most from your treatments.
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With our free virtual consultation, you can find out what we offer and the course of treatments and products that can best enhance your natural beauty. It’s our privilege to join you on your journey to achieve your health and beauty goals. Reach out today for a free consultation with Aurora OBGYN in San Antonio! Call us today to learn more or speak to an expert. We can’t wait to help you get the smooth skin and enhanced aesthetic you deserve!