Hair Removal (cont.)
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You can do this at home or you can also have it performed by a professional in a salon. Hot waxing can be messy and painful and may leave some hairs behind because they can break off. Infection is one side effect to watch for. If the wax is too hot, you may get a burn. You should not use this method if you also use certain types of prescription acne creams (such as Retin-A) or take isotretinoin as the wax will pull your skin off. Still, many women use this hair removal method in the bikini area and for hair on the upper lip.
Threading is a method that can be done at some salons by a professional. Strings are twisted in a pattern and moved over the hair to pull the hair out.
Laser Hair Removal
This is one of the longest-lasting methods and generally requires four or more treatment sessions.
The laser beam or a light pulse works to destroy the hair bulb itself. The treatment can be expensive and sometimes painful. Be sure to select a doctor or technician who is highly trained and knowledgeable. You may require multiple sessions, but it can be used on many parts of the body where unwanted hair may appear.
Electrolysis for Unwanted Hair
Electrolysis is done by a professional who places a tiny needle with an electric current in the hair follicle. There are two primary hair removal methods of electrolysis: galvanic and thermolytic.
In either case, be sure to find a professional who is highly trained and knowledgeable with this hair removal method. Electrolysis can be used on all parts of the body to remove unwanted hair.