How Laser Hair Removal Can Save the Planet

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Morrell, MD
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You hate shaving, waxing is a pain and all your friends are talking about laser hair removal. You also hate waste and buying disposable razors every month feels morally off. Should you go for it and try laser hair removal for yourself? And how much can it really impact your quality of life? Continue reading to learn about the science behind the procedure and how it could save the planet.

The Science Behind Laser Hair Removal

The process is quite simple! Using an innovative device such as the excel® HR from Cutera Aesthetic Solutions, a delicate beam of light passes safely through the layers of your skin to reach your hair follicles. Those follicles then absorb the laser energy before it transforms into heat and disables them. Common treatment areas include the upper lip, arms, armpits, chest, back, legs and below the bikini line. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? There is also minimal downtime.

But does laser hair removal hurt? You will only experience mild discomfort during the treatment, and you can request numbing cream to make the experience even more painless. Some minor swelling and redness are perfectly normal in the following two days after your treatment, but they should clear up fairly fast. How many treatments will you need? Because of the natural hair growth cycle, most people need around 4 to 6 laser treatments around 5 to 6 weeks apart. But all our bodies are unique, so your experiences will be different from one person to the next.

PRO TIP: Do your best to avoid sun exposure and self-tanning at least two weeks before your treatments and two weeks after.

The Sustainable Choice for Hair Removal

You may also be wondering, how long does laser hair removal last? Is laser hair removal permanent or do you need to keep coming back for treatments down the road? Smart things to consider. The treatment is definitely a more sustainable investment than any other form of hair removal. The treatments are relatively permanent with clinical studies reporting as much as a 90% reduction in hair after repeated treatments. Worth nothing, people with relatively fair skin and dark hair tend to see the best results. There is currently less research available about the efficacy for diverse skin tones. Before making a decision about the ideal treatment plan for you, connect with us to book a free consultation with one of our expert laser and skin technicians.

Do Your Part to Save the Planet

Are your shaving habits killing the environment? Probably not… but disposable razors and waxing kits create a ton of harmful waste that ends up in our landfills and ecosystems. Back in 1990, the USA Environmental Protection Agency estimated that around 2 billion razors and disposable blades are produced every year in America. A more recent summary from Fortune Business Insights tells us that the global market for disposable razor blades was worth $3.39 billion in 2019 and may go up to $4.31 billion by 2027. With reduced waste over a shorter period of time, getting a laser treatment is undeniably better for the environment than shaving or waxing. Getting laser hair removal is an easy way to do your part to save the planet and ditch those disposables!

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Feeling tempted to explore your laser hair removal treatment options? Connect with one of our expert laser consultants to get the conversation started.