Getting rid of unwanted body hair becomes more of a priority for all of us (all the time) during the summer.
Perhaps you are focusing on the face, underarms, chest, nose or ears. Or perhaps it’s your arms and legs, back, or more private areas.
Rachel Pooyanmehr, an Advanced Cosmetic Nurse at HealthOne, has seen it all.
Clients come to her for cosmetic reasons, comfort or just plain convenience. And with more skin showing during the hot summer months, her schedule has gotten busier.
Rachel says many of her clients are women, but now there are more men coming for hair removal as well. Finding effective treatment methods to suit a client's needs is difficult.
Methods for Body Hair Removal
These are the more common courses of action that people take:
The most popular way to get rid of unwanted hairs. It’s quick, easy and convenient. But it’s awkward and a little dangerous. Since you are using a razor, often in sensitive areas, you will need to be careful.
Hair grows in again very quickly. Your hair will be thicker and coarser. Stubble can get itchy. Ingrown hair, nicks and razor bumps are also common side effects.
These are also popular at-home treatments, since they are relatively quick. Creams often reach little hairs that can be missed by the razor. However, results last only a bit longer than shaving.
Some hairs may be more resistant and need more time for treatment. This increases the chance of irritation, even chemical burn. Chemicals have a strong, unpleasant odour.
You can also do this at home. The results are longer lasting than shaving or creams, but it’s painful and messy. It requires some degree of skill and may be too harsh for sensitive skin. Burns, rashes and ingrown hairs are common side effects. Bacteria can also spread from double dipping the wax stick. Waxing can also cause sagging. Specifically, it can happen in more delicate areas with slightly thinner skin such as the face and neck, under arms and private areas.
Laser Hair removal
A more permanent option that uses a pulsating beam of light. The light changes to heat which damages the follicles that produce the hairs. It’s an especially effective method for those with darker, coarser hair.
All you have to do to prep is shave the area of the body that you want lasered. Depending on the device, it might not work for grey, lighter or blonder hair. This can be because there isn’t enough pigment to attract the laser’s heat.
Again, depending on the device, this can lead to irritation on the skin’s surface. HealthOne uses the state-of-the-art Venus Velocity diode laser hair removal treatment system. It works for all hair and skin types.
“Laser hair removal has become a popular option for full body hair removal,” Rachel says. “The Venus machine works very fast. I have worked with all them, and I can tell you this is the best laser machine in North America.”
Perhaps you’ve never thought of the laser option, especially for common areas of the body like legs, the bikini area or underarms. Indeed, maybe you have been standing in front of a mirror, endlessly shaving, or painfully plucking out the hair, body waxing or using store-bought creams.
HealthOne’s Venus Velocity technology offers a quick, comfortable and protected treatment, thanks in part to an advanced cooling system that kicks in immediately. It’s customized for each session, and for the individual client’s needs. The results from the Venus laser option are permanently reducing hair growth, eliminating ongoing care issues and saving money and time going forward.
It makes you feel more confident. Hair-free skin just looks healthier, smoother. Sometimes there is a medical reason why a client wants to get hair removal. It’s popular among people who are active, since extra body hair is uncomfortable, and makes them perspire more.
For athletes like body-builders, for example, it’s a whole other issue – getting rid of body hair better shows off the sharpness of the muscular physique, especially on a tanned body. Many cyclists also prefer to remove body hair – for better aerodynamics, as well as making lower body massages more comfortable after the ride.
Client's health is top priority
In terms of comfort, professionalism and quality, there is a world of difference having a laser treatment performed by a certified nurse or physician like Rachel, using the industry’s best technology.
“Our clients’ health and safety is always top priority,” she says. Any health issues that could negatively impact the procedure are covered during an initial consultation. That’s why it’s important to be dealing with a certified doctor or nurse.
“A nurse who is doing these types of procedures will be completely familiar with the rules, regulations and responsibilities regarding public health,” she says. “They understand anatomy, physiology [how the body functions], and the integumentary system [skin, hair and nails, the tissue below the skin, and assorted glands] as well as the systems specific to the procedure being done.”
Laser hair removal is more comfortable when done by an attentive and knowledgeable nurse or physician. Especially in a HealthOne environment that’s inviting and safe.
If there is any discomfort during a session, let the nurse know. They will adjust the setting on the machine. The length of a session depends on the area of the body being treated, and your comfort level. Under the arms could take ten minutes, for example. Our specialists recommend six sessions spaced out by six weeks each. This means a full cycle can take up to nine months.
There are many methods available for people who want to remove unwanted body hair. Quality, comfort, and safety are the differentiators. Book a free consultation to talk about our laser hair removal options.