When I launched No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, I started my beauty treatments with a laser to remove excess facial hair. It was almost my last beauty treatment. It hurt so much I nearly fell off the table as I squirmed around from the pain. Even the quickly offered post treatment icebag did little to help my red, burning chin. I vowed that I would never, ever have laser hair removal again– even if I grew a full beard.
Well I guess I never should say never. When the wizard of Park Avenue, aka Dr Albert Lefkovits offered me a chance to try a truly pain-free hair removal laser, I couldn’t refuse. Quite simply he is one of the finest physicians I have met, and if he says LightSheer laser doesn’t hurt, I was willing to take the chance.
While a series of laser hair removal provides permanent results, five years ago I had stopped before the end of my treatments. Even so, for the past five years, facial hair was no longer a problem. However a few post menopause hairs have sprouted up and a pain free laser sounded like a wonderful idea.
Painless Hair Removal in Action
I was surprised that the technician did not apply numbing gel, but I was still in. When she brought the LightSheer laser handpiece close to my face I braced myself for the pain that never came. It really didn’t hurt! I felt a light pin pinprick, but it was less uncomfortable than almost any other beauty tool I have tried so far. Right after the treatment, my skin was red but felt fine. ( Did I mention there was no pain.). The former facial hairs were now tiny black stubs that could be wiped off a with a washcloth.
Here’s how it works: The LightSheer laser produces a beam of concentrated light that is absorbed by the pigments in the hair follicle. This heats up both the hair shaft and root blocking its ability to regrow. This is pretty standard for a laser, but what makes Lightsheer different is the addition of a vacuum technology, increased speed and a cooling tip to eliminate discomfort. It can be used for hair removal anywhere on the body and I started to dream about permanently bikini line. How amazing would that be?
One final thought– Several sessions are always needed to ensure that permanent laser hair removal is truly permanent. At any given time, the hair any where on the body are in one of three stages of growth: Anogen is the growth phase and when the hair is most vulnerable for destruction; catogen is a transitional phase and telogen is a resting phase. When the hairs are in both the catogen and the telogen phase, they are not affected by the laser. ( Pay attention, there will be a quiz later) . Hairs on the face take a month to go thru all three phases, so to “nuke” all of them, you will need two more follow-up treatments, two weeks apart to catch all the hairs in the anogen phase.