We all hear commercials and advertisements all the time for laser hair removal and “getting rid of that unwanted hair.” What these commercials fail to tell us is that laser hair removal is not an option for everyone. For example, laser hair removal is ineffective on “peach fuzz,” or very light and gray hair. Other options, such as dermaplaning and waxing, are very effective and are perfect for those who are not candidates for laser hair removal.
Is Dermaplaning Right for You?
One of the most popular and safe methods of removing facial hair or “peach fuzz” is by dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is a painless exfoliation and a method that uses a sterile surgical blade to gently and safely remove facial hair and the top layer of dulling dead skin cells. After dermaplaning, a brighter and smoother complexion is revealed. By dermaplaning/removing your peach fuzz and dead skin cells, your makeup will apply more easily and have a much smoother appearance. Plus, it will also allow your skincare products to penetrate deeper into your skin.
Dermaplaning is sometimes recommended before an aesthetic procedure, such as a chemical peel or some laser treatments to make the treatment stronger and more effective. Dermaplaning is safe for all skin types except acneic skin. If you have active acne you will need to wait until your acne clears before a dermaplane treatment. For expecting or nursing mothers who are looking for a safe way to exfoliate their skin, dermaplaning is an excellent option!
If you receive a dermaplaning treatment in Nashville at Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa by one of our aestheticians, we start by thoroughly cleansing your face. Next, a sterile surgical blade will be held to your face at a 45-degree angle. Then, short strokes are made with the blade to remove dulling dead skin cells and facial hair. After the dermaplaning process is complete, the treatment is followed by a mask suitable for your skin type and then finished with moisturizers or serums and a sunscreen also suitable for your skin type. After this process your face will feel extremely smooth, look radiant and the tone and texture of your skin will be more even. There are no side effects and absolutely no downtime to dermaplaning. Your skin will look slightly pink and you will be more sensitive to sun exposure after a dermaplane treatment, so a broad spectrum sunscreen of 30 or greater is a must!
The Benefits of Waxing
Waxing is another excellent option. It is a great option for those who have been exposed to the sun recently (not burned, big no no). Some patient’s facial hair grows back too quickly after dermaplaning, so waxing is a longer lasting option for them. Waxing is also great for larger areas of the body, such as the legs, torso, back, and arms. Most patients will be able to remain hair free for between four to six weeks, depending on how fast their hair growth is.
Not all waxes are created equal. There are soft waxes that attach to the hair follicle as well as skin and will require the use of strips to attach to the wax in order to remove it. Soft wax will be great for patients who have fine hair, or hair needing to be removed from large areas. Hard waxes will harden on their own, and will not require the use of woven strips to remove. Hard waxes will attach only to the hair follicle and not to skin. Hard wax hair removal is a great option for thick, coarse hair, hair removal on the face, and for patients with sensitive skin.
It is very important to advise your aesthetician on current skincare routine, products, etc. as the use of Retinol, Vitamin A, Tretinoin, or Glycolic Acid products can affect the outcome of your wax. Not stopping the use of these ingredients may cause excess irritation, bruising or even skin to be pulled, if not eliminated, prior to your service in the suggested time frame.
The Power of Laser Hair Removal
Last but not least … laser hair removal! Laser hair removal has advanced significantly over the years and is effective on all skin types. This treatment is recommended in the fall and winter months because it is performed in a series of treatments and requires the skin to be at its natural skin tone. It is best to avoid sun exposure during the laser process. Laser treatment is typically sold in a series of five to six treatments spaced four weeks apart and is most effective on dark pigmented hair. After each treatment, hair is expected to reduce by about 20%. Once finished with the series, a patient may need to return every few months for a “touch up” treatment. Laser hair removal can be done on all areas of the body and takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes per area to complete the treatment. The treatment process is quick and easy. During the service patients will feel a very fast zap on the skin and possible redness may occur, but will subside within an hour or so.
Find Effective Hair Removal Today
As you can see there are many options to remove that annoying unwanted hair! Call Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa at the Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville today at (615) 645-2314 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation to determine the best hair removal method for you!
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