Unwanted hair can be a real pain — especially when it comes to removing it. If it’s dark, it’s unsightly. If it’s light, it glimmers in the sunlight. And, regardless, it can make even the most confident person feel a little insecure. So, what are your options? Shaving can provide temporary relief, but before you know it, those pesky whiskers are back where they don’t belong. Is laser hair removal or waxing a better alternative? And, which one is better for you?
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal targets hair growth at the source — the hair follicle. By using laser technology, the procedure targets and kills your hair follicle so that it cannot produce hair growth. While some laser removal procedures zap the hair follicle, others — like Soprano ICE — gradually heat up the skin to a temperature that kills the hair follicle. While laser hair removal is a long-term treatment, it can take multiple appointments before the hair is fully eliminated in a targeted area.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
- Treatments only take 10 to 20 minutes
- The procedure is virtually painless
- You’ll save money in the long run
- Treatments eliminate ingrown hairs
- You’ll save time
- You don’t need to grow out hair in between treatments
- Fewer treatments are needed than other laser hair removal methods
What is waxing?
Waxing treatments apply a warm mixture to the skin to target and remove unwanted hair. Once the mixture cools, it is quickly removed, taking the unwanted hair with it. The warm mixture can be made with rosin, oils, beeswax, resin, or other additives. While waxing is considered a long-term solution to hair removal, it can be painful, and hair will grow back after a few days to a week.
Benefits of Waxing
- Light exfoliation
- You can perform treatments at home
- Reduces ingrown hairs
- The treatment can be done within a few minutes (once the wax has heated up)
- Produces finer regrowth
How to Choose Between Laser Hair Removal & Waxing
Determining the best way to remove your unwanted hair comes down to preference. Laser hair removal has fewer side effects and is virtually pain-free. Soprano ICE has no side effects and doesn’t produce skin irritation often associated with other laser hair removal treatments. Laser hair removal also offers better results over time since it targets the hair follicle — resulting in no hair regrowth.
If you’re looking to throw away your shaving razor, waxing is a great alternative. However, waxing has several side effects — such as burning, pain, irritation, rashes, and more. Despite these temporary side effects, it can be done in the comfort of your own home and is initially a cheaper option than laser hair removal. However, over time, you can end up spending more on waxing supplies than the initial investment of laser hair removal. Unlike laser hair removal, you’ll also need to grow out your hair in the targeted area to ensure the wax is able to grab onto something other than your skin.
If You Need Laser Hair Removal, Nurse Practitioners of Florida Can Help
At Nurse Practitioners of Florida, we have a dedicated team of certified nurse practitioners who have an unwavering commitment to providing you with care and compassion. When you call any of our locations, you will be greeted by a live person who’s ready to offer acute medical care as well as aesthetic procedures — including vaginal rejuvenation. And, above everything else, you will be treated like family.