Hair Removal Methods Explained

For men and women in Tampa, laser hair removal remains the preferred choice for safe, effective and permanent hair reduction. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other options dealing with unwanted hair, though.

Request a consultation to find out more about how other hair removal methods stack up to laser hair removal.

Shaving

Shaving is certainly the fastest hair removal method, and can be conveniently taken care of in the privacy of your own home. Shaving is quick and relatively painless, unless you nick yourself in the process. Depending on how quickly your hair grows, you may find yourself shaving nearly every day to maintain a hair-free look. At first glance, shaving often seems like the least expensive hair removal method as well, yet those relatively small up-front costs of razors and shaving cream add up over the lifetime of shaving to a surprisingly significant investment.

Waxing and Tweezing

Waxing, tweezing and plucking all work by the same essential method: pulling the hair out by the roots for a longer-term hair removal solution. Waxing can be performed at a salon or at home, and involves the application of warm liquid wax over the targeted area. A disposable cloth is pressed into the wax, then pulled off very quickly, taking both wax and hair along with it. This process can be both messy and painful, although the results will last for a few weeks and future hair regrowth will be finer. Waxing is ideal for larger areas with greater hair density, while tweezing and plucking can be used to clean up any stray hairs left behind. A typical waxing session in a salon runs between $15 and $30, possibly more depending on how many areas are being treated and the size of the area. Sessions will need to be repeated every two to three weeks over the course of your lifetime.

Electrolysis

Like laser hair removal, electrolysis works by destroying the hair follicle to prevent regrowth. Electrolysis transmits an electric charge directly to each individual hair follicle by a tiny probe, killing the targeted hair. Since only one hair can be treated at a time, individual treatment sessions can be quite long and patients often report them as quite painful as well. Electrolysis will only impact the hair during its growth phase, so multiple sessions will be needed, increasing the total treatment cost. Electrolysis can be used for any hair color or skin type with the same permanent results, making electrolysis the ideal solution for those with light hair or dark skin.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by focusing laser energy at the hair follicle to prevent regrowth and allows for multiple hairs to be treated simultaneously, making it ideal for treating larger areas. Like electrolysis, lasers can only remove the hair during its growth phase, so repeated sessions are needed; the efficiency of the treatment means there will be fewer sessions required for laser hair removal compared to electrolysis. Most patients feel very little discomfort with laser hair removal, and equate the pain level to snapping a rubber band on the skin.

Delivering Total Value

We offer a complimentary consultation for anyone considering laser hair removal. The total cost for laser hair removal makes this med spa treatment the ideal economic solution for treating unwanted hair, especially when looking at cumulative hair removal costs over the course of a lifetime. Although repeated sessions are needed initially, a completed round of treatments will deliver permanent results without the need for further sessions. In an area like Tampa, where it’s swimsuit weather year-round, choosing laser hair removal is simply the choice that makes the most sense.