Hair removal, commonly referred to as depilation or epilation, is the intentional removal of unwanted body hair through excision and/or surgery. This procedure is usually recommended for both men and women, however, it is becoming increasingly popular for men, particularly men who are bothered by excessive facial hair (e.g., body hair that runs the length of the neck or the face).
While most hair removal techniques involve the use of scissors, there are also several surgical options for those who prefer not to cut their hair off. Laser hair removal, for example, is a less invasive way of removing unwanted hair, but some people worry about the safety of laser hair removal procedures and how long they will take to complete. Another alternative is electrolysis, which involves the insertion of an electrically-powered instrument through the skin to remove hair.
While these procedures are effective, they can be painful, often leaving scarring after the treatment is complete. As mentioned above, they are also generally considered more painful than the average shaving or waxing experience.
Some people find that laser hair removal is a better choice because it does not leave any scarring after treatment. Another important feature to keep in mind is that this method has no guarantee to remove your unwanted hair permanently; although, many patients have reported great results when laser hair removal has been performed on them.
If you have chosen to go with laser hair removal, there are many things that you can do to help reduce the discomfort associated with this procedure. Before having your procedure, make sure you understand how your procedure will be performed and know what you should expect from your appointment.
In addition, it is important to wear the proper clothing after treatment. Wearing loose clothing can create unnecessary irritation to the area being treated and might cause more pain if the treated area is sensitive. Furthermore, it is important to avoid sweating excessively after treatment as well as any activity that requires you to be in contact with the treated area. If possible, ask your dermatologist to evaluate the potential risks associated with this procedure prior to having it done.
The most common problem encountered during a laser hair removal procedure is the risk of burning. This occurs when the laser’s heat travels up and to the skin. You should always check for burn marks, whether or not they are present.
Although this procedure is not very painful, it is important to be aware of the possible discomfort that may occur during or after a laser hair removal procedure. Because many people are concerned about their appearance, they are often willing to spend additional money in an attempt to achieve a “perfect” result.
Before making a final decision about this process, you should discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. He or she can help you decide if you are right for laser hair removal.