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Achieving aesthetically pleasing smooth skin by removing unwanted body hair dates back to ancient Egypt. For years people have waxed, shaved and plucked body hair regularly to get baby-soft skin. When fashion trends changed to sleeveless and short dresses in the 1920s, women’s arms, armpits and legs were more exposed. Advertisers saw an opportunity to encourage women to shave their legs and armpits and started marketing razors to women. Eventually, people seeking alternatives to removing unwanted hair turned to waxing to save time and for longer-lasting results. But now laser hair removal is becoming a preferred method of removing body hair.

How does waxing body hair work?

Those who prefer waxing over shaving don’t run the risk of cutting themselves with razors and it saves them time because the hair doesn’t grow back as fast as when someone shaves. Waxing unwanted hair involves applying warm wax to the desired area followed by a strip of fabric on top of the wax. Then the fabric is pulled off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth. The wax pulls the unwanted hair from the hair follicle. Since the hair follicle is still intact, new hair will typically grow within six weeks or less. Often there is redness after the treatment but subsides after a few hours.

How does laser hair removal treat unwanted hair?

For many, laser hair removal is now becoming a preferred option to replace waxing. LHR offers many advantages over the traditional methods of avoiding annoying hair stubble. This treatment is offered at the Spa & Laser Center in Virginia Beach. It is an effective, clinically-safe, FDA-approved method of permanent hair removal for men and women. This advanced technological treatment uses gentle pulsing laser light heat to target and destroy unwanted hair follicles. The lasers work by targeting the melanin (color) in each individual hair follicle. This prevents regular hair growth. For this reason, laser hair removal tends to work best on light skin with dark hair follicles. But new advances in laser hair removal technology have helped patients with other hair and skin types see great results, too. The areas of the body that can be treated include: face (chin, cheeks, upper lip), neck, arms, underarms, chest, back, bikini area and legs.

Find out why many are turning to Laser Hair Removal

With the advanced technology of LHR, many are choosing this option over traditional methods. Here are five reasons why you should switch to laser hair removal:
  1. LHR is cost-effective - It may seem more expensive than waxing at first. But there is a long-term benefit. Since laser hair removal is a permanent solution, patients won’t have to budget for on-going shaving supplies or monthly waxing appointments. After the initial LHR treatment It is recommended to get a touch up once every three or four months.
  2. LHR is Permanent - While waxing unwanted hair yanks the hair from the hair follicle, it’s not a permanent solution because the hair follicle is intact. LHR targets the melanin (color) in each individual hair follicle and destroys the follicle. With LHR, approximately 70-90 percent of patients enjoy permanent hair removal with regular touch up appointments.
  3. LHR is less painful than waxing: When waxing body hair it can be very painful and going through the process weekly is desirable. However when going through LHR, most patients report experiencing a minor pinching sensation, or a light tingling. Although some patients experience a slight, manageable discomfort, the reported feeling of a “rubber band snapping” is followed by a cooling sensation. The feeling is mild and passes quickly.
  4. LHR gets rid of in-grown hairs: Waxing treatments can sometimes cause ingrown hairs when the hair starts to grow back. This is because the hair is removed in the opposite direction from the follicle which then affects the hair’s normal growth pattern. LHR does not occur with LHR.
  5. LHR does not cause skin damage: It’s normal to have redness after a waxing treatment. This usually goes away after a few hours. But waxing can cause damage to the skin in the long run if the wax is too hot or if the hair is pulled too slowly or in the wrong angle. When LHR is performed by an experienced technician, there is no skin damage.
Laser Hair Removal is a very beneficial and effective method of hair removal compared to waxing treatments. Not only is LHR a long-lasting or permanent solution to unwanted body hair, it also saves time and money in the long run. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of laser hair removal or want to schedule an appointment, contact the Spa & Laser Center in Virginia Beach at 757-627-8089. Our experienced professionals can help you achieve the smooth, hair-free skin you’ve always wanted.
A female cosmetologist uses a laser hair removal device