Hair removal is a process that many people go through on a regular basis. Whether you’re removing hair from your face, legs, armpits or bikini line, there are a number of different methods you can use to get rid of your unwanted hair.
Here at Musick Dermatology, we are experts in all things dermatology. As such, we’re always ready to answer any questions that you may have regarding hair removal. One question that we get asked frequently is whether there’s a difference between medical and cosmetic treatments. While the two may seem similar, there are some key differences between them.
The Difference Between Medical and Cosmetic Hair Removal
Cosmetic dermatology treatments can improve the look of your skin without treating any underlying conditions. Medical dermatology treatments may involve treating an underlying condition with medications or other therapies before performing a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of your skin.
Medical hair removal is usually performed by a doctor or nurse practitioner and involves treatments that use waxes, chemicals or electrolysis to permanently remove unwanted hair from the body. It’s often used by people with severe cases of hirsutism (excessive facial and body hair caused by an excess of male hormones) or those who have certain autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata, which causes patches of hair loss on the scalp and body.
Medical hair removal isn’t always permanent; in some cases, it takes multiple sessions to completely remove all traces of unwanted hair.
There are other options for removing unwanted hair such as threading, sugaring and depilatory creams which are less painful than waxing but can leave behind red bumps or irritation in some people. Permanent hair removal is the only way to get rid of all your unwanted facial or body hair permanently without having to worry about regrowth or ongoing treatments.
Laser hair removal is the fastest and most effective way that we offer at Musick Dermatology, LLC. Laser hair removal works on all skin and hair types, including those with dark skin or gray hair. The procedure is painless and quick and results last from six months to two years depending on the area being treated. Call 618-628-2588 today!