Get Ready for Bikini Season with Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Ageless Aesthetics and Salt Lounge Syneron Candela® eMax® laser

You don’t have to live near the ocean to slip on a bikini or other revealing clothing once the warm months of summer arrive. A park, a lake, a backyard pool — there are lots of places and lots of reasons to wear less clothing when the sun’s rays really start to sizzle. Feeling confident in your swimwear and other summer wear starts with skin that looks and feels smooth and sleek. And that means getting rid of unwanted hair once and for all.

Laser hair removal can be especially effective in getting rid of body hair in areas where it’s not wanted, including the bikini area. Because of the technology it uses, laser hair removal won’t leave you with bumps and rashes like shaving and waxing can. Instead, all you’ll be left with is sexier skin. Here’s how laser hair removal at Ageless Aesthetics and Salt Lounge can help you enjoy a more confident, more comfortable summer.

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal uses the precise and focused power of laser energy to target individual hairs and hair follicles, heating the cells at the base of the follicle so they stop producing new hairs. As the laser applicator is passed over the treatment area, it emits tiny bursts of heat energy. The heat is absorbed by the hair and travels down the shaft until it reaches the follicle. Because heat is more readily absorbed by darker pigments, dark brown and black hairs tend to absorb more heat energy, and laser treatment in people with these hair colors can sometimes be more effective. However, advances in laser technology mean that today, even people with light hair can successfully undergo laser hair removal treatments.

Hair grows in a cycle with three primary stages or phases: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. The anagen phase is a period of rapid growth when each hair grows longer and longer as new cells are added to the base of the hair shaft. The anagen phase is the longest of the three phases, typically lasting several years. During this time, the hair is actively growing and the cells at the follicle level are thriving and productive.

The catagen phase is the second phase. This stage takes about two weeks to complete, and it’s when the growth phase ends. During this phase, the follicle shrinks and stops providing the hair with nutrients. As it shrinks, it pushes the hair strand upward, preparing for the final stage, the telogen phase, when the old hair is shed. The telogen phase lasts from one to four months, during which time the follicle rests and prepares itself for the next anagen phase.

Why you should start treatment now

Laser hair removal relies on the ability to “shut down” the follicle cells while they’re active, which means the treatment is effective while the hair is in its growth stage or anagen phase. Fortunately, this phase lasts for a long time, providing plenty of time for treatment to take effect. However, not every hair is in the same phase at the same time; if they were, we’d all go through periods of complete baldness as the hairs simultaneously shifted into the catagen and telogen stages. Since every hair is at a different point of growth, you’ll need to have several laser hair removal treatments — usually three to six treatments spaced several weeks apart — to ensure each hair is treated while it’s actively growing.

Because it can take several weeks (and several treatments) for the entire area to be treated successfully, starting your series of treatments now means you'll be smooth and sleek in time for the height of the summer season. And since you'll need to limit your sun exposure around your treatment times to prevent irritating your skin, it also makes sense to start now, while the spring weather is still here.

At Ageless Aesthetics and Salt Lounge, we use the Syneron Candela® eMax® laser for safe, effective hair removal in all hair types and skin types. To get started on your sleeker, smoother, sexier skin, book an appointment online today.

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