Spring is right around the corner and summer will be here before you know it! Not only does that mean the start of warmer weather, it can mean the return to a tedious, seemingly never-ending hair removal routine. For countless women and most men, removing unwanted hair with a razor is still their tried-and-true method. But regular shaving can not only be a hassle, it can also damage your skin and lead to possible infections.
If you’re dreading the thought of a spring and summer filled with shaving almost every day and replacing razors after every few shaves, now is the perfect time to consider laser hair removal to help keep your underarms, legs, and bikini line smooth, hair-free, and ready for swimsuit weather.
The chart below provides a comparison of laser hair removal and shaving to help make your decision easier:
|Shaving||Laser Hair Removal|
|How it Works||Hair is removed at the skin’s surface by scraping a razor across the skin.||A laser penetrates below the skin’s surface to destroy the hair follicle. This prevents the hair from growing back.|
|How Long It Lasts||After shaving, hair begins to grow back in just a few days. Daily or weekly shaving is usually required to maintain a hair-free look.||Laser treatment may initially need to be repeated after 3-4 weeks. After several sessions, hair will regrow more slowly. In some cases, hair removal is permanent.|
|Best For||Larger and easy-to-reach areas like underarms and legs.||Safe for most body parts, including legs, underarms, bikini area, chest, back, and face. People with hair that is darker than their skin experience better results.|
|Pros||Inexpensive, painless, quick, and easy to do at home or on the go.||Long-lasting or permanent hair removal. Safe for sensitive skin since it causes no damage to the dermis, or top layer of skin.|
|Cons||Regrowth happens quickly and the new hair often grows back thicker. Nicks, razor burns, and ingrown hairs can result.Side effects such as nicks and cuts, razor burn, ingrown hairs, and bacterial infections can be caused by frequent shaving.||Laser hair removal can be slightly uncomfortable, with most people describe the sensation as a snapping feeling, like a rubber band against the skin. A sensation of heat from the laser is typically felt as well.Multiple laser treatment sessions are required for best results.|
|Cost||Disposable and reusable razors and shaving cream can be purchased for just a few dollars.||Laser hair removal can cost a few hundred dollars per treatment.|
While laser hair removal is a more costly depilatory method than shaving, it is much more effective than shaving at removing unwanted body and facial hair with little to no skin irritation. This makes laser hair removal a great option for those looking to ditch the razor for good. In the long run, many patients consider laser removal to be an investment that pays off, rather than an expense.
If you’re looking to cut shaving out of your spring and summer hair removal routine, now is the best time to schedule your laser hair removal session in preparation for the warmer weather ahead. Call our Round Rock office today to schedule your appointment!