Unwanted body hair can be uncomfortable and annoying, especially if you’re spending a lot of time on daily waxing, shaving, tweezing, and plucking to get your skin looking smooth again. These actions may leave your skin feeling irritated and stubbly, and they don’t stop the hair from coming back just as fast as before. However, laser hair removal can help keep your hair growth in check. At OM Medispa in Elgin, Illinois, we offer laser reduction treatments to help your skin stay smooth and stubble-free for longer.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser treatments function by targeting the hair follicles in the skin. Follicles grow hair by packing old cells together to create new strands, and sebaceous glands on the skin’s surface produce oil that nourishes and strengthens the hairs. The more of these glands a person has, the thicker and denser their body hair will be.
Using a handheld device, pulses of intense, concentrated energy are sent into the skin in controlled bursts. This energy centers on dark hair follicles and turns to heat, which disables the hair follicles. After the heat treatment, a follicle is then unable to keep packing cells and producing more hair, stopping the growth all the way down to the cellular level.
There are many areas on the body where hair growth may be bothersome. Our team can address multiple areas in one treatment session.
Face and Neck
Men typically don’t think twice about facial hair. However, for women, the presence of hair on the chin and the upper lip might be more noticeable and uncomfortable.
Women can develop facial hair for a number of reasons. Conditions such as PCOS cause women to have elevated testosterone levels, which increases body hair coverage and growth. General hormone imbalances can also change hair growth patterns. As women enter menopause, those bodily changes can also result in some facial hair growth.
Underarm hair is perfectly natural, growing during puberty. However, if you’re unhappy with how your underarm hair looks and feels, there are more benefits to removal than just aesthetic ones.
Underarm hair is directly linked to body odor and sweat. Body odor from sweat happens as the body breaks down bacteria, and underarm hair naturally holds that odor. No underarm hair means less sweat and thus less body odor.
Men are far more likely to have denser, thicker back hair than women. Back hair for women, like facial hair, can be caused by heightened levels of testosterone and by generally imbalanced hormones. Adrenal gland disorders can also cause new patterns of hair growth.
Shaving or waxing your back is a tiring and physically demanding experience, as many areas will be hard to see and reach. Getting a laser reduction treatment removes the hair simply and quickly, without all the extra work.
If you’re tired of shaving and waxing your legs often to keep your skin smooth, you’re not alone. Shaving and waxing products can be costly, and using them can take a lot of time out of your day. You may still have stubble and skin irritation afterward, too. Getting a laser reduction here means cutting all that hassle away, saving you time and money.
As is the case with facial and back hair, chest hair on women is often a result of excessive testosterone and hormone imbalances. Women are less likely to grow chest hair than in other body areas, but it can still crop up. Both men and women can get rid of unwanted hair here with laser treatments.
If you enjoy spending time in the sun and waves, but you aren’t comfortable wearing a swimsuit due to an abundance of hair, you don’t have to stay insecure. A laser reduction will safely remove hair so that you can get back to wearing your favorite beach gear without worries.
Our laser reductions are non-invasive and non-ablative, meaning they don’t cause any tissue damage; there’s nothing that your body will have to heal. The OM Medispa team will thoroughly examine your skin type and tone before any treatments to ensure that your care best matches your body.
Is Hair Removal Permanent?
There’s no one answer for how long a laser hair reduction will keep your body hair from growing. Times vary with each individual. The size of the area being treated can also factor into how long hair growth is halted. Some people see the treatments last for years, while others may see hair growth again after a year or so. Either way, your skin will still be smooth and stubble-free for far longer than if you were simply shaving or waxing!
Our team will develop a plan with you for follow-up appointments to make sure you’re still happy and seeing the best results from your aesthetic care. And the more often you seek laser treatments, the more likely it is that your hair loss will be permanent.
If you’re looking to have body hair removed and want to cut out the hassle of shaving and waxing, laser hair removal is an easy, non-invasive way to stall hair growth and keep your skin smoother for longer.