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hair removal of legs

Hair can be removed from any part of the body, and a number of methods can be used to do so. Unwanted hair in females often involves that under the arms, on the legs, or on the face. Male complaints are often of the back or occasionally chest and tummy area. The bikini area is also a very common reason to seek hair removal.



What methods are available for hair removal?

Probably the most common method is home removal with either a razor, electric shaver, or tweezers. Shaving can give a smooth result at first but will be replaced by prickly stubble, often within a few days. Depilatory creams and waxing can remove the hair for longer periods, although repeat treatments are required. Other solutions include:

  • Electrolysis - a very fine electrode is placed at the hair base, using electricity to destroy the hair growth area. Whilst this may work well on visible hair, other hairs may be just starting to grow through, which will need further treatment in the future.

  • Laser - this uses concentrated light to interact with the hair pigment, causing the hair to burn away. Similar to electrolysis this may work well on visible hair, but other hairs may be growing through, which will need further treatment in the future. Please also see our article on lasers. Laser is less suitable for lighter hair, especially light blonde or silver hair.

  • IPL - this stands for Intense Pulsed Light. IPL is similar to laser, but with less specific wavelengths of light. The redness and pain experienced is often less than laser, but the effects can also be less satisfactory. Again only visible hairs will be treated and others may grow through elsewhere, requiring further treatments in the future.


So which procedure should I use?

All people are different, and so no one procedure is right for everybody. If you would like to undergo one of the above specialist procedures, discuss the options carefully with the specialist before agreeing to any treatment. Your specialist will be able to discuss the options with you, tailoring the correct procedure to your skin type, hair type, and area of body.


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