Creams Plus Lasers for Hair Removal – Are They More Effective?

San Diego laser hair removal - More effective with creams?

If you”ve heard about a recent study on combining laser hair removal and hair removal cream for better results, you might be wondering if this is an option for you. Here”s what you need to know:

  • The facts: The study found that women who applied eflornithine (a hair-growth inhibitor) cream to their upper lips experienced faster and more complete results from laser hair removal treatments to that area over a six-month period.
  • The implications: The trial had only a six-month time frame, so we don”t know if the results held up in the long term, but it”s reasonable to think that at some time in the future there will be a way to combine these treatments for more effective laser hair removal in San Diego.

Answers to the Big Questions:

If eflornithine got these results, would non-prescription hair removal cream do the same thing?

Almost certainly not, and it wouldn”t be wise to try it. Most non-prescription hair removal creams eliminate unwanted hair through a chemical reaction with the hair follicle, effectively “burning” the hair off chemically. Eflornithine functions in a completely different way, by directing the body to stop producing hair in the treatment area. Adding a cream”s chemical reaction to the mild, temporary irritation that laser treatments cause to the skin could be dangerous, so I can”t stress enough: over the counter hair removal creams should not be used right after laser hair removal treatments.

What can I do to make my laser hair removal treatments more effective?

Laser and IPL hair removal treatments can come very close to total hair removal for many patients. To maximize treatment effectiveness, make sure you pick a laser hair removal center in San Diego with up to date technology, multiple options, and practitioners who have years of experience performing these procedures.

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