Laser Hair Removal for Women
Facial hair can be a huge embarrassment, particularly for women. Certain factors (genetics, changing hormones, medications) can cause hair to grow on the area above the upper lip, similar to a man’s mustache and on the cheeks and chin. As a woman, this can change the way you think about yourself, diminishing your self-esteem and confidence. Is laser hair removal an option you should consider? Read on to learn about this highly popular procedure so that you can decide if it may be right for your facial hair removal needs.
Unfortunately, many women make the mistake of plucking or even shaving facial hair, and this is a huge mistake. Doing either can make the hair grow back in even thicker or coarser, which only adds to your problem – and it seems for every hair you remove, two grow back in its place. Perhaps an old wives’ tale, but if it looks worse, what difference does it make, really? Laser hair removal is fast becoming the preferred method of facial hair removal today over waxing, shaving, cream depilatories, electrolysis and other methods.
Here’s how it works:
A laser is targeted at the hair follicle, where the root resides. The laser effectively burns the area, so that the hair eventually does not come back. In most cases, it takes several sessions to completely get rid of the hair.
Here is another fact you may find interesting: epilation means removal of the hair below the skin’s surface, which is longer lasting. Laser hair removal is considered a form of epilation. Depilation, such as found with depilatory creams, simply means removal of the hair above the skin’s surface.
While many tout laser hair removal to be permanent, it has not yet actually been determined that it is because there simply have not been enough case studies performed to say it is permanent for certain. It can, however, be said that the procedure offers a permanent reduction in the growth of the hair. For many women, this is very welcome news indeed. Since the process does remove the hair at its root and slow growth, women can experience smooth facial skin that is free of hair for many weeks, even months in some instances.
Who are the best candidates for facial hair removal using a laser? Women with dark hair and light skin are the best candidates, as laser hair removal targets the “melanin” or pigment in the hair. The more pigment, the more effective the process. Women with blonde, white, red or light brown hair may not experience the exceptional results that women with darker hair typically do.
If you aren’t sure if you are a good candidate for this procedure, consult a doctor or professional who specializes in this type of facial hair removal. He/She will be able to tell you if your hair/skin colors are best suited to a laser procedure, or to some other type of hair removal process. Your face can be smooth and hair-free, boosting not only your self-confidence, but your natural beauty as well.