Spring is finally here and as the days begin to get longer and warmer many of us to begin to pay more attention to our physical appearance. This might be because we tend to show more skin in the sunny Spring and Summer months. But before you unpack your warm-weather wardrobe, you might consider reducing pesky body hair first!
Let’s face it, many hair removal methods, like shaving and waxing, are time-consuming and expensive. Laser hair removal not only saves you on time spent shaving, but also on the cost of razors which can really add up over the years! Also, lasers are becoming the far superior option over expensive waxing treatments which are painful and offer only a temporary solution. This Spring, why not try a hair removal solution that is both quick, easy, and long-lasting?
If having silky, smooth hair-free skin is on your wishlist for the summer then OWM Integrative Wellness has you covered with IPL laser hair removal.
Laser, which is really an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, is a non-ablative hair removal method that has been around since the late 1990s. This treatment is a safe and effective way to permanently reduce hair on unwanted areas of the body and face. At OWM, we use the advanced Venus Versa Intense Pulsed Light for our preferred permanent hair reduction method.
Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, targets the hair below the skin while leaving the epidermis completely intact making it a very gentle treatment for the patient.IPL is different from a traditional laser for a few different reasons. The main difference is that IPL emits short pulses of polychromatic light with less force than a laser. This, however, does not mean that the treatment is less effective.
Instead, IPL is extremely successful and with a higher safety profile than a traditional laser. This means that there is much less likelihood of skin burns and unwanted side effects. The light emitted from an IPL has a wide range allowing it to reach a more broad target area and the ability to treat large areas more efficiently. Also, IPL is physically more comfortable than laser thanks to an integrated ice water cooling crystal applicator that eliminates the need to numb the skin prior to treatment.
IPL laser hair reduction works by targeting hair in the anagen phase of hair growth, which is the active hair growth stage. Keep in mind that hair must be dark in order for the laser to work. This is because the light emitted from the device is absorbed by the melanin in the dark hair which then causes damage to the hair follicle. This thermal damage slows/hinders any future hair growth.
On average, a person will typically need 8-12 sessions to achieve desired hair reduction but this will depend on several factors such as hair density, color, and composition.
For optimum results and safety, there are some key things to keep in mind to prepare for your IPL session.
IPL laser hair reduction is a quick and easy non-invasive procedure allowing patients to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients experience mild redness resembling a sunburn after treatment which typically subsides within a couple of hours. In this case, it’s best to treat the area as if there is a sunburn present with the application of a cool compress and aloe vera gel.
The temperatures are starting to warm up and before you know it we will be breaking out the bathing suits, tank tops, and shorts! Spring is the perfect time to get a head start on reducing unwanted body hair and razor bumps. Call OWM SPA today for your free IPL hair reduction evaluation and get ready for your first hair-free and carefree summer!