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Laser pubic hair - Brazilian cutDo you think a Brazilian can be a deal-breaker in a sexual relationship?

Things have changed in the genital grooming department, and some people feel that we have porn to thank for it. Sheila Jeffreys, the author of Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West, puts it bluntly when she says “the main reason women wax their genitals appears to be the desire to please the kind of partners who find the look of pornography and prostitution sexually exciting”.


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  • OB/GYNs and Laser Hair Removal

    Some people wonder why OB/GYN practices offer LHR. Isn’t it the realm of plastic surgeons and dermatologists?

    For gynecologists laser hair removal is a natural transition and a perfect fit as they can perform these procedures in discrete areas of the female body in a comfortable setting of a medical office. Permanent reduction of hair in women care clinics also tends to be more affordable as these treatments are typically focused on small areas and can be combined with regular office visits.

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    How does laser remove hair?

    Highly controlled flashes of laser beams are selectively absorbed by hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages and destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle- all without damaging surrounding tissue. Hair follicles are usually in different growth cycles at different times in relation to one another. Since the follicle must in active growth in order to be affected by the laser, several treatments spread over several months are required to assure the destruction of all hair follicles.

    Areas treated: bikini area, underarms, and face.


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  • For thousands of years, body hair has been viewed as a legacy from prehistoric times and as the expression of the wildly libidinous and animal tendencies of Homo sapiens. For many cultures, trimming, plucking and twirling out pubic hairs is just part of life.

    This article in San Francisco Sentinel is a vivid explanation of why laser hair removal is so popular and bound to remain the most desired laser procedure as more consumers become aware of this permanent hair reduction option.

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  • How Laser Hair Reduction Works

    Being bold is no longer embarrassing. Being hairy is. In the U.S., and more and more so in many other countries, women’s legs and underarms are expected to be hair free. A mustache, hairs on the chin and sideburns may seriously affect a girl’s life in high school. A hairy back may freak out many men in a locker room. It’s a hair free world!

    Shaving, waxing, plucking is a daily and boring routine, that costs tens of thousands of dollars over a life time. Electrolysis is more or less history due to pain and never-ending treatment sessions. Laser hair removal is the golden standard of hair therapy of the day. Chin, upper lip, cheeks and sideburns, underarms and bikini are the most popular areas for laser hair reduction.

    The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis of the hair follicle: the laser beam heats and distroys the dark matter (melanin) in the hair bud, while not heating the skin around it. The principle works great on dark hair, which has a lot of melanin, and light color skin, which does not have much pigment.

    Many light-based devices, lasers and IPLs, with wavelengths ranging from 300 to 900 nm, are very effective and safe for dark hair removal on light color and untanned skin. But what happens if you have dark or tanned skin with a lot of pigment?

    The laser does not know the difference between melanin in the hair follicle and melanin in your skin – and, you guessed it, – it will damage both, resulting in a loss of pigmentation (hypopigmentation) in your skin, blisters and, sometimes, permanent scarring. Does that mean that Asians, Latinos, Africans and even Norwegians permanently living in Florida cannot have laser hair removal? Is there a laser that will “know the difference between melanin in the hair follicle and melanin in the skin?

    The answer is a firm “yes’! Nd:YAG laser technology with 1064 nm wavelength is best for darker skinned individuals. If you come to a medical aesthetic practice, your physician should determine your skin type and choose the right laser modality for you. Beware of flight by night spa type facilities with IPLs, diode or Alexandrite lasers. If you have dark skin, make sure that your hair removal facility has a 1064 Nd:YAG. If the provider does not have a 1064 YAG but pushes a sale of another laser or IPL to you, you need to understand that this provider will have to use low energy (fluence) to avoid burns and hipopigmentation. This strategy will result in many more treatment sessions than you expect and potentially low percentage of hair reduction. As a side effect, your hair may weaken but develop resistance to further therapy, and you will end up with fuzzy baby hair, which will be impossible to remove by any laser.

    What about laser hair removal for blonde and grey hair?

    Use the question as a test of your provider knowledge of the business. If the answer is yes, you can turn around and leave. In laser hair removal, no pigment – no result. Period.


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    Quick Tips for Consumer on Laser Hair Removal

    With so many salons, medspas and clinics advertising permanent hair removal, there’s a lot to look for if you want your money’s worth.

    Both IPL machines and lasers are good for hair removal depending on hair type, skin type, growth rate and a variety of other factors. Lasers will most likely require fewer treatments, they are less painful, more suitable for darker and tanned skin, and generally safer than IPLs.

    Costs of laser hair removal will vary greatly depending on a location, provider competition and the type of provider. Google “laser hair removal new york” and “laser hair removal maitland” – and you’ll see the point.

    What is truly important is to research clinics and machines before getting started. It’s not just about price, it’s about cleanliness and the pain-factor and permanence. Do a consultation, get a patch test, and see if the office is well-educated and can answer your questions. 

    Look for a clinic or spa with experienced providers, updated equipment and strong anti-septic practices. Alcohol is not sufficient to kill herpes, hepatitis C or the flu virus. Cleanliness is critical in this industry, especially if they will be working on intimate areas of your body.

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  • Recent ads about home-based laser hair removal has left many consumers wondering about optimal and effective permanent hair removal options.

    There are several home-based devices heavily advertised for their obvious advantage: you can use it at home. A couple of thoughts to add to your laser hair removal directory.

    For $200 you can get a no!no! – a hair remover used at home that gives about 64 percent reduction in hair growth “over time.” The no!no! device uses a thermacon tip containing “Hot Blades” (which are not really blades) that house thermodynamic wires. While gliding the device over the skin, the thermal transference conducts a gentle pulse of heat to the hair resulting in crystallized hair. 

    Zap it — with the Tria Laser, which uses “Diffuse Radiance Technology,” which transforms the Class IV laser diode used in a professional setting into a Class I laser diode. The Tria’s photothermolysis system targets the dark pigment of the hair causing it to gradually fall out or stop growing after six to eight treatments. For $795, you’ll see results in six to eight months.

    no! no! and a few other devices that recently popped up in the U.S. market, are not lasers, to start with. These devices with similar promises may give you a 64 percent reduction in hair growth. The key word in the advertising is “over time”, which I interpret as “use it as often as possible for a long period of time”. Lifetime?

    Tria is a laser. To get some results, you must have naturally medium brown, dark brown, or black hair and your skin color must be white, ivory, beige or light brown. I have seen so many people qualifying for good laser hair removal results and yet struggling for many months to endure multiple painful treatments with high power Class IV medical lasers to achieve desired 80-85% reduction, that I find it hard to believe in this low power diode. I can rate it a notch above no! no! but not far above waxing.  

    The most effective, and therefore appealing of the hair-removal options on the market is professional laser hair removal. Why? Because it is the only one that really works! Do your local search, e.g. “laser hair removal new york”, “laser hair removal ny”, “suffolk laser hair removal”, “laser hair removal DC”, or “laser hair removal NJ”. Get serious! You are doing this for your own self!

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  • How Much does the Laser Hair Removal Cost?

    Laser hair removal is a very mature market in the U.S. and costs do not vary dramatically for comparable types of facilities.

    There are clinics and franchises that specialize exclusively in laser hair removal. Typically these facilities provide a high level of safety, customer satisfaction and long lasting results. However, since the actual procedures are not administered by a doctor, you should check the track record of the specific facility and the technician who will work with you.

    There are fly-by-night medspas, which can offer the lowest price and the highest risk. These are typically operated by aestheticians. A medical doctor would sign off their charts without actually seeing the patient. More due diligence is required before you can accept their offer.

    Many physician’s offices have started offering laser hair removal as an add-on ancillary service. Treatments are usually done by physicians and carry the lowest level of risk for the patient. The physician’s fees may be on a higher side, but doctors realize the spectrum of risk and appreciate the value of their license, so they can (and they should) command a higher fee.

    You can get a good idea of the laser hair removal costs by reviewing the following useful resources:

    Interactive map of LHR costs

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