Permanent Hair Removal: Hair Removal Information and Solution
Surveys indicate that 80% of women and over 50% of men have unwanted hair in various body areas. Much of this unwanted hair is genetic, but sometimes it is the result of other causes, for example, testosterone treatments. Humans have lost most of their body fur over the past few millions of years. Today, many still seek the “longest-lasting,” “least painful,” and “least expensive” methods for getting rid of unwanted hair. Hair removal salons report that men are increasingly interested in hair removal and that their male clientele ranges between 35% and 60% today.
There are many options available to remove unwanted hair, but few options to get rid of hair permanently. The different methods of hair removal from the old stand-by, shaving, to the new treatments, lasers and Vaniqa, are discussed here. Each person should chose a method or combination of methods that works best for them depending on cost, time available, skin type, and the desired hair-free area.
Popular Methods of Permanent Hair Removal:
This technique makes use of a light ray that penetrates through the skin’s surface to pinpoint a hair follicle without damaging the skin. Heat created via this light ray destroys the hair follicle. Patients have successfully used this method to curb hair growth for periods ranging from three to a year. Though hair will eventually grow back, this is still a relatively great option for people with active lifestyles. Do be aware that several sessions are often required to achieve this effect.
Especially if you’re covering a large patch since it’s actually done on a per hair basis. They’re also pretty costly. Some electrologists have known to charge at least for each treatment! So if your budget’s slightly on the tighter side, you may want to consider other alternatives. Some people may also find this method rather painful.
Laser & Flash Lamp:
If you’re one of those who wants to know “Is laser hair removal permanent?”, the answer will probably shock you. Contrary to popular belief, laser treatments doesn’t permanently remove your hairs. Instead, it permanently reduces them. Huh? Permanently reduce? What’s the difference?
Clinical testing has proven that laser treatments can lighten the colour and reduce the size of the hair strands. It doesn’t destroy the hair follicle like Electrolysis. What it does is targeting the pigmentation within hair follicles and thereby works best for people with darker hair and lighter skin tones. The good news is newer laser technology seems to have the ability to target dark black hair even in clients with darker or tanned skin tones.
Because it covers a relatively larger area in a shorter span of time, laser treatments tend to be more popular than electrolysis nowadays. For example, it only takes about 15 to 30 minutes for the beard area. Compare that with electrolysis!
Flash lamp treatments such as the very popular Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal achieves similar effects as laser except that it’s relatively cheaper and faster. There has been debates over its effectiveness as opposed to laser but the differences has been pretty minimal. IPL is also used for skin treatments, popularly known as the photo rejuvenation procedure.
Several drugs prescriptions has been known to inhibit the growth of hair. Though they’ve been pretty effective for some consumers, it is still advisable to consult your doctor before resorting to such oral prescriptions. After all, you’ll never know what side effects you may encounter. Some of these common medication includes Finasteride (marketed as Propecia and Proscar), Gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonists, Spironolactone (Aldactone), Flutamide, Ketoconazole.
Prescriptive Topical Creams and Products:
Prescriptive only topical ointment such as Vaniqa has often been mistook with depilatories. But they’re not. Depilatories are usually akaline (sometimes acideic too) concoctions that impacts the hair’s protein structure and rapidly dissolves it so that you can just wipe it away from the skin. Topical ointment on the other hand, slows down the hair growth by restraining an enzyme which is responsible for that.
Such topical ointment are not without its limitations. For starters, they may not work for everyone. And even if they do, you’ll probably have to use it together with shaving and plucking to achieve an optimal effect. In the case of Vaniqa, only unpregnant women above the age 12 are given the go ahead to use it on acne (and broken skin) free face and chin. You need to apply it twice a day and use it for about 1 to 2 months before you’ll see any results. It’ll continues to retard hair growth for about 2 months once you stop using it.