Hair Removal Guide and Trends

hair_removal_operationHere at Maine Laser Skin Care and Medi Spa, laser hair removal has been and continues to be a major treatment that I perform every single day.  Advances in laser technology over the past decade have produced devices that will reduce hair permanently with less pain than previous or competitive methods of hair removal.

Many people who come to me for laser hair removal have told me about their multiple other hair removal methods, including shaving, waxing, depilatories, tweezing, threading and electrolysis.  All these methods work to varying degrees in the short-term, but those who come to see me want more of a permanent solution.

Year-round, the face is the most common location for laser hair removal treatments. As I have discussed in other blog posts, facial hair in  women can be hereditary but also is influenced by hormone levels and fluctuations.

One major trend I have noted, especially over this long cold winter, is that more women are coming in for a hair removal in areas that are not as visible as the face.  These areas include the underarms, bikini lines, forearms, and legs.

Some women are bothered by having to shave these desired areas all the time, and would like to have the freedom to stop. Some see the laser treatments as a significant Advanced Technology of which they should take advantage.

laser_before_afterSpecifically in the underarm area, the laser is generally very effective as the hair in that region tends to  be coarse and dark.  The thinner skin in the underarm, as well as the limited service area, helps to make full hair removal treatments more successful.

The coarse and dark hair in the bikini area also lends itself to effective laser treatments.  Many experts in this field feel that laser hair removal is usually the best choice in this area, and produces the longest lasting results.  Laser hair removal is also the best choice for people with sensitive skin who have difficulty with waxing or depilatories.

One other advantage of laser hair removal is that it is particularly helpful for those who have ingrown hair or shaving bumps after waxing and/or shaving.  After several laser treatments to a particular area, ingrown hairs are virtually eliminated.

laser_shaving_bumpsIn men, the neck line is a common area I treat for hair removal, where shaving bumps (or pseudofolliculitis barbae as it called in medical terminology) frequently occur.  Laser hair removal is considered the gold standard treatment for this condition.  It is even the treatment of choice for the armed services and the Veterans Administration if our soldiers and veterans have this condition.

Regardless of the season, be it winter, spring, summer or fall, laser hair removal resolves those pesky or unsightly hair issues.  If you think the cost might be too great, keep in mind that the cost of the treatments for laser hair removal means savings from not needing recurrent waxing and other hair management efforts.

Also, if you are interested in discussing hair removal in any body area, please do not hesitate to call for a free consultation, and I can give you an estimate in terms of total treatments and cost per treatment of this procedure.  Call (207) 873-2158 to set up a convenient time for you.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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