Your hair goes through a lot of changes over the years. As a baby, you had barely-there hair called lanugo; in childhood, you were covered in what we like to call "peach fuzz."
But once you hit puberty, everything changed. Those baby hairs, namely those on your body, turned into vellus hairs and became thicker, stronger, and darker — and your battle against hair began.
Worse, body hair became more than just an aesthetic problem. In areas like your armpits, you smell it before you see it.
Our team of experts at Laser Bar and Spa has seen all the negative effects of unwanted body hair, so we've dedicated our practice to helping people like you get rid of it once and for all. Our clients in greater Koreatown, Midtown West, and New York, New York, have experienced firsthand how laser hair removal delivers smoother underarms and less body odor.
Here, we break down the science behind underarm hair removal.
Armpit hair: the good, the bad, and the smelly
We have a love-hate relationship with armpit hair. Believe it or not, the hairs under your arms may help you find love. It's true: Your armpits release odor-containing pheromones, a naturally produced chemical that encourages sexual attraction, and your underarm hair traps it. Armpit hair may also reduce friction in your underarms as you move.
However, there's no denying that life is ultimately better without underarm hair. In addition to smooth skin, you can expect to sweat less and, as a result, smell less. The hairs under your arms trap moisture and sweat, and bacteria then break sweat down, giving off a nasty smell.
But before you reach for your razor, your tweezers, or your wax strips, remember this: Removing hair with traditional methods leaves you vulnerable to irritation, bumps, and ingrown hairs, especially in areas like your underarms that experience a lot of daily friction.
The only way to reap all of the benefits and none of the bad stuff is to zap away your underarm hair with lasers.
A closer look at laser hair removal
Laser hair removal may sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but it's actually the best way to get the results you want.
Instead of just cutting visible hair short or removing it for a little while, laser hair removal treatments penetrate deep into the follicle and disrupt the hair growth process, making it almost impossible for the hair to return.
We proudly offer the Cynosure® Elite+™ laser system at Laser Bar and Spa. This advanced system is both powerful and gentle, delivering the best results with as few side effects as possible.
During your session, the laser emits heat energy that seeks out visible hair and follows it down to the root, where it destroys the follicle. You may experience a snapping sensation like a rubber band on your skin, but other than that, you shouldn't feel any pain.
Afterward, you may be tender, red, or swollen at the treatment site for a few days. Do your best to keep your skin moisturized, clean, and protected from the sun while you heal.
Because hair grows in cycles, we recommend that you have about 6 to 10 treatments to catch all of your hairs in their most vulnerable stages. Your appointments are usually spaced 6-10 weeks apart.
Underarm laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to tackle one of the most annoying parts of unwanted body hair, so stop waiting. Call our friendly staff to schedule an appointment today to see if you're a candidate.