Hair growth on the face can be extremely frustrating. Shaving must be done every couple days, quickly results in stubble, and carries the risk for cuts or razor burn. American Self offers patients waxing as a semi-permanent option for facial hair removal. Modern waxing procedures are gentle, removing only the hair, meaning less discomfort and irritation. After a waxing session, the skin will feel soft and smooth. As the hair slowly returns, after four to six weeks, a repeat treatment will be needed to maintain results.
Facial waxing services can include the:
- Full face
The Ideal Candidate for Facial Waxing:
Patients struggling with unsightly hair around the lip, eyebrows, chin, or anywhere on the face may experience excellent benefits from the Waxing procedure. The ideal candidate will understand the procedure and have realistic expectations for their results. A consultation appointment will be initially set up with Dr. Whipple and Dr. Hillelson to determine if a waxing treatment is right for the individual patient.
The Waxing Procedure:
A waxing procedure at American Self will normally take less than 30 minutes to complete. The esthetician will first prep the unshaved skin; then apply a warm, soft wax to the predetermined area. When peeled away, both course and fine hairs will be removed. Waxing pulls hair out at the follicle level, meaning a longer period before the regrowth process begins.
Preparing for a Waxing Session:
A Wax treatment at American Self will provide unmatched benefits. By taking a few minutes to prepare for the procedure, patients can be ensured of satisfactory results with an easy recovery period. Remember the following tips:
- Do not shave for 10 days prior to treatment. Hair should be at least 1/4 inch in length.
- Exfoliating can be done several days prior to treatment to help reduce the chance of ingrown hairs.
- Bathing should be done before a waxing appointment. The skin should be free of any lotions, creams, and dirt, as these may cause the wax to poorly adhere to the hair.
- Postpone a waxing session if the skin is sunburned or irritated, as this will cause increased discomfort.
The Risks of Waxing:
Waxing is considered a safe and highly effective skin care treatment. While rare, risks of waxing involve skin irritation, bleeding, burning, bruising, and ingrown hairs. By choosing an experienced professional, such as those at American Self, the chance for complications following a waxing treatment are greatly diminished.
Questions about Waxing:
How long does a facial waxing session take?
Depending on the size of the treatment area, a normal waxing session will take about 20 minutes.
When can I return to work after a waxing treatment?
Patients are able to return to work immediately after their waxing treatment.
How long can I expect the results from a waxing last?
Patients can expect the results from a waxing treatment to last up to six weeks. After which time a repeat treatment will be necessary.
Should I shave before my wax treatment?
For best results, patients need to let their hair grow at least ¼ prior to a waxing session. Generally, they should stop shaving about ten days prior to treatment.