Donna Kim-Brand

Bloomin’ Laser Hair Removal
Colorful tulips and daffodils pop up in early springtime, breaking the monotony of the snowy white or parched brown winter landscape. The mere sight of them brings joy and hope!

So why such a different reaction when unwanted dark hairs coming out of winter hiding and hibernation make their bold appearance against our skin, tender and delicate from a season of being covered up? Those dark or irreverent hairs seem to taunt us, taking center stage for a bawdy performance. We just want them gone, preferably silenced forever.

While laser hair removal is available year-round, spring time is when advertisements abound and we begin to pay more attention to them. That’s because due to weather and our apparel, we are emerging from covered skin to visible skin; and with that, exposure of visible, unwanted hairs.

Is laser hair removal (LHR) the answer? Laser hair removal is a common cosmetic procedure which works by beaming precisely directed, concentrated light into hair follicles for a few seconds. The light is absorbed by pigment in the follicles, which damages or destroys the hair roots in the area while leaving surrounding skin unaffected. This procedure is most often applied on legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, back and the face. Lip lines can be treated in less than one minute while larger areas of the body can take up to one hour.

While there is scientific evidence behind the art and craft of laser hair removal, it, like all medicine, is not 100% guaranteed or perfect. There are too many variables at play which could affect the outcome. And let’s face it, hair follicles are dynamic living cells whose job it is to grow hair!

Statistics show that about 60% of people will have 50% reduction of unwanted hair after one LHR treatment. Additional treatments raise that to 90% who experience 50% reduction in unwanted hair. That still leaves 50% of unwanted hair remaining.
Treatments are recommended every four to six weeks until the hair stops growing back, which is not assured. For those without regular treatments, hair can return in six to twelve months. So laser hair removal buys time from engaging in more regular hair removal techniques you could choose from, but is not always permanent.

Alternatives (which sound like a manual on torture…) include plucking, shaving, tweezing, waxing, topical chemical creams, oral meds to prevent hair growth and electrolysis, which is the only permanent hair removal method (as long as the technician is skilled.) And, of course, you could just live with your hairs. It worked for the Bohemians and is still practiced by many natural-oriented, free spirits today.

One caveat… Laser hair removal is not just a topical zapping of your unsightly hairs that can be done by anyone. It is a medical procedure that requires skillful training and holds potential risks, so choose your technician with care and due diligence. Pre-care and aftercare of your skin and overall health should also be monitored. You are advised not to expose yourself to the sun for six weeks before or after treatment as it makes LHR less effective and complications more likely afterwards.
Notions of what constitutes beauty vary across continents and epochs of history. Ultimately, it is up to you to choose what makes you look and feel your best, allowing you to shine in all your glory. Just like those gorgeous spring tulips and daffodils!

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