Peter H. Grossman, MD
By Peter H. Grossman, MD
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The Best Methods of Hair Removal

When you have unwanted hair, there are plenty of ways to remove it. There are some methods of hair removal that are more effective than others. Join us as we review some of the most popular—and interesting—methods of temporary and permanent hair removal.

Hot Wax

If this hair removal method sounds painful, that’s because it can be. Waxing is also a messy hair removal method. You can wax in the comfort of your home or have a professional complete the procedure in a salon.

This method removes hair at the root, leaving skin hair-free for up to a month. The wax can burn your skin if it’s too hot, and it may not remove all the hair. It also shouldn’t be used with certain pharmaceutical acne creams or if you’re taking isotretinoin.


This traditional hair-removal method originated in the Middle East and involves wrapping thread around the fingers and then quickly passing it over unwanted hair to remove it by the root.

Although very safe for every skin type, irritation can occur as the result of several hairs being removed at once. Threading allows entire rows of hair to be removed at a time for results that last up to six weeks.


Shaving is easy to do in or out of the shower, and it only takes a few minutes. New razors should be used with caution, as nicks and cuts can occur.

Shaving should occur against the direction of hair growth in order to be effective. This method cuts hair right above skin level, so shaving will need to be repeated every other day or so to maintain smooth skin.


Another Middle-Eastern technique, sugaring combines lemon juice, water, and sugar into a paste that is spread onto the skin and pulled to remove hair at the root. Typically less painful than waxing, sugaring causes less irritation because of its natural ingredients and gentleness on skin.

Sugaring can produce identical results to waxing when done properly, and it can last up to four weeks. Hair also needs to grow a little bit before your next treatment.


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Laser hair removal involves sending microbeams below the skin’s surface to damage tissue and release hair. The body’s natural healing process then replaces damaged skin cells with healthy ones. Laser hair removal is ideal for most skin types; the most common side effects are temporary swelling and a sunburn feeling.

Those who take advantage of laser hair removal service enjoy hair-free skin for up to eight weeks and should repeat the procedure every six to eight weeks. Icon Laser hair removal takes about 30 minutes per session.

Of all the above methods, the Icon laser offers the longest-lasting results with the least skin damage. When considering the Icon Laser, the right surgeon will be crucial. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter H. Grossman possesses over 20 years of experience. Don’t wait to remove unwanted hair; learn more about laser hair removal cost and its other benefits by contacting Grossman Plastic Surgery at (818) 981-2050.

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