- 1 Aesthetic Laser Treatments Are More Advanced than Waxing
- 2 We Offer Laser Hair Removal Instead of Waxing
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Your Private Consultation at Skin Care by Alyce
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Procedure
- 7 Can I Shave Missed Hairs After Waxing?
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Is There a Better, More Permanent treatment than Waxing?
- 10 How Much Does Hair Removal Cost in Pennsylvania?
- 11 FAQ
- 12 References
Aesthetic Laser Treatments Are More Advanced than Waxing
Before we knew any better, waxing services were a way to remove bothersome hair down to the smooth, bare skin. The system worked, in its own crude way. If you could handle the agony, waxing involves spreading a layer of molten wax upon the target area(s)—your legs, armpits or bikini line, for instance—and suddenly ripping out the thatch of unwanted follicles right down to the root. Waxing produces a longer-lasting, smoother result than razors, to be sure, but our Laser Hair Removal at Skin Care by Alyce is the superior solution. Laser hair removal produces nearly permanent outcomes. Best of all, laser treatments do not require the repeated ripping and tearing that comes part and parcel with a regular waxing regimen.
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We Offer Laser Hair Removal Instead of Waxing
Many years ago, waxing rose in popularity because it is an economical and reliable way of removing body hair. Unlike shaving, a good wax can keep that unwanted body hair away for as long as six weeks. However, anyone who has ever endured a waxing appointment will waste no time in telling you an unavoidable fact:
Waxing really, really hurts. A lot.
The Painful Truth
- Waxing requires repeated treatments to remain smooth
- The chemicals in wax can irritate certain skin types
- The costs of waxing add up quickly after several appointments
- Waxing’s “ripping action” can damage your skin and harm hair follicles
- Waxing can leave sensitive areas vulnerable to infection
- Waxing can also result in ingrown hairs
- Waxing is extremely painful!
Those who are taking prescription retinoids or are receiving chemical peels are not good waxing candidates. Also, certain prescription drugs (including antibiotics) can cause the skin to be too thin. Consult your doctor with concerns.
It is fine to wax while pregnant or nursing. Just make sure your esthetician is well-qualified as skin can be a little more sensitive for new or expecting moms.
Your Private Consultation at Skin Care by Alyce
Skin Care by Alyce is a cozy boutique med spa providing the people of Pennsylvania with advanced aesthetic and dermatological treatments. Our inviting offices are staffed by experienced professionals using the latest techniques and technology. Alyce Versagli, our founder, is a registered nurse. If we determine that another treatment, like laser hair removal, is a better fit for your aesthetic aspirations, we’ll help you make a plan to zap those unflattering follicles away!
We serve the Wyomissing, Reading, Pottstown, Allentown, Morgantown, Schuylkill County, King of Prussia, Philadelphia and Lancaster areas.
With body hair, it’s recommended to exfoliate the skin prior to waxing and during the regrowth process. Taking an ibuprofen a half-hour prior to your appointment can lessen redness and prevent some of the extreme discomfort during treatment.
A short shower will also help open your pores and soften the skin. Water at a lukewarm temperature or at room temperature will do.
Strip waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly pulled against the direction of hair growth, as parallel as possible to the skin to avoid trauma. This removes the wax along with the hair. Unlike cold waxing, heated wax is spread easily over the skin. Cold waxing is thicker, which makes it more difficult to spread smoothly over the skin. Pre-made strips come with the wax on them, and they come in different sizes for different target areas.
Stripless waxing is also referred to as hard wax. In stripless waxing, the hard wax is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing its easy removal without the aid of cloths or strips. Stripless wax does not adhere to the skin as much as strip wax does, thus finer hairs are more easily removed because the hard wax encapsulates the hair as it hardens.
Can I Shave Missed Hairs After Waxing?
Yes, you can shave the missed hair after waxing. But the hair growth of shaved hair will be faster than a waxed root. The best way to ensure smooth results that last is to seek a superior treatment. Laser hair removal treats the target area evenly, so your results will be silky and consistent. Better yet, the laser’s results are long-lasting. After you have completed your series of laser hair removal treatments, you won’t ever have to worry about shaving or waxing again.
To soothe and protect the skin, apply an antiseptic cream to the waxed area regularly for three days following your treatment. Always wash your hands before applying any product. You should regularly exfoliate the areas you get waxed to prevent ingrown hairs. Our experience has shown us that the best place to exfoliate your own skin is in the shower, where you have room to stand up and operate, and where you can easily flush any mess down the drain.
After you’ve showered yourself clean and smooth, apply some baby oil to the waxed area.
Moisturize every day to keep the skin supple and help new hairs to grow through normally. Don’t exfoliate too much or too rough as this can graze the skin and cause ingrown hairs.
You may notice a small amount of regrowth after a week or so. It can take up to four treatments for your hair to get on a growth cycle that gives the best results.
Is There a Better, More Permanent treatment than Waxing?
Laser hair removal is the best way to achieve the lasting results you’re looking for.
Waxing is a temporary (and painful!) hair removal solution at best. After a client’s first waxing, the results can last three to six weeks depending on the individual’s hair re-growth rate. In most cases, hair growth is minimal during the first week or two and noticeably increases in the third and fourth weeks. Heat stimulates the hair, therefore hair grows quicker in the summer months than in the winter. Continued regular waxing results in sparse hair re-growth over time.
How Much Does Hair Removal Cost in Pennsylvania?
Even if your financial situation is “a little hairy,” Skin Care by Alyce will work with you to achieve the best results for the best value. When it comes to costs, many of our clients prefer laser hair removal, in the long run. Laser hair removal produces long-lasting results without the repeated (and painful!) appointments that come with waxing. Laser hair removal leaves more time for you to enjoy your results, rather than spending time and money trying to maintain them.
Skin Care by Alyce serves the communities of Wyomissing, Reading, Pottstown, Allentown, Morgantown, Schuylkill County, King of Prussia, Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA.
Laser hair removal is superior to waxing. Its results are long-lasting because the treatment leads to a permanent reduction in unwanted hair growth in the treatment area. Waxing, on the other hand, must be repeated on a regular basis to maintain smooth results. Also, laser hair removal is far less painful. So, if you have sensitive skin, consider laser hair removal, rather than waxing.
Since every person experiences pain differently, much of the answer lies in the subjective experience of the individual. The thought of waxing your bikini line is enough to make some people shiver. Others get anxious if the wax touches their face. Be sure you are well-informed of the reputation of the med spa before setting your first appointment.
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