Shaving and plucking and waxing aren’t just a pain. Over a lifetime, you can spend hours and hours just trying to pluck, shave and tweeze away millions of tiny hairs on your face, legs, underarms and other areas of your body. That’s a lot of time spent grooming your body hair, especially when you consider all the other (better) things you could be doing. Fortunately, laser hair removal offers a much better option that takes a heck of a lot less time. And once your treatment is done, your hair is gone for good, which means you can start planning what to do with all that extra time on your hands. At Primary Medical Associates of Long Island, we use the Alma laser system with SHR technology for less discomfort and better results compared to other laser hair removal systems. And guess what? If you start your treatments now, you'll be enjoying smoother, sexier, hair-free skin well before bathing suit season arrives.
Laser hair removal: The basics
Lasers are used for lots of cosmetic applications and treatments, and when it comes to hair removal, it’s almost like they were custom made for the job. That’s because laser energy is emitted in super-thin “streams,” which makes it ideal for zeroing in on tiny hair follicles without damaging the surrounding tissue. In laser hair removal, the laser energy is “fired” at precise strengths and intervals that can be adjusted to suit your hair type and skin type (and other variables). Once the energy reaches your skin, the hair shaft and the follicle that contains it absorb the energy and “heat up.” The increased heat destroys the base of the hair and the root “mechanism” that causes hair to sprout and grow. As a result, no new hair can form in that follicle.
Of course, hair grows in cycles, with some part of the cycle devoted to growth and some devoted to rest and shedding. In order to be effective, laser treatments need to be performed when the hair is in a specific phase of this growth cycle. And since individual hairs have different cycles, you’ll need to have a series of treatments spaced out over a few weeks to ensure every hair is treated at the most opportune time. Since most people need up to three treatments to get the best results, that’s why it’s important to schedule hair removal treatments now, so you’ll be hair-free by the time summer rolls around. You'll also need to protect your skin from prolonged exposure to sunlight during treatment to avoid irritating your skin. Since you're probably already swathed in sweaters and long pants during the cold months of winter, that's another great reason to have treatment now instead of waiting until the sunny months when shorts and short-sleeved (or sleeveless) tops are the order of the day.
ALMA with SHR: State-of-the-art solution for laser hair removal
So why do we use the Alma laser system with SHR technology? Because it’s really effective and really comfortable for you. SHR technology gradually heats the treatment area with broader heat application instead of high-intensity beams so your skin stays more comfortable, even though the treatment itself is just as effective in harsher systems at removing hair. In addition to the pulsed delivery system, the ALMA device also includes a cooling tip to keep skin cool and prevent injury to the surrounding tissue. Finally, In-motionTM technology keeps the applicator moving over the surface of the skin for dramatically better results with each treatment.
The ALMA laser system is completely adjustable, which means it’s great for all skin types and it can be used any time during the year, including right now during the cold months of winter, without irritating or over-drying your skin. A variety of applicators and wavelengths means you can have hair treated no matter where it pops up, including extra-sensitive areas like the bikini zone. At the start of your treatment, the technician will test a small area of your skin and then adjust the laser settings and applicator to make sure you get the best results, no matter what area of your body is being treated. In short, it's a truly custom solution designed for maximum results and maximum comfort.
Get ready for summer now
Don't be fooled by the cold months of winter. Summer will be here before you know it. Take the next step toward sexier summer skin and start your laser hair treatments now. To schedule your first visit, book an appointment online today.