Who likes short shorts? You do — well, you would, if only you could convince yourself to wear a pair. It’s only natural to have your legs go into hibernation in the winter. After all, why bother to keep up with hair removal or worry about spider veins when you’re wearing tights or jeans every day?
Now that summer’s on its way, your legs are itching to be seen. Not to worry, no matter how much you’ve neglected them over the winter, there are a number of treatments that will help your legs get summertime ready in almost no time at all.
Laser Hair Removal
Let’s face it, hair removal is a pain, especially in the summer. You want to show off your legs, but you run the risk of nicking yourself or getting a nasty razor burn if you shave on a regular basis. Waxing is a bit better, as you don’t need to do it as much. But, the high cost and discomfort involved in it makes it far from ideal.
If you don’t want to bother with shaving, don’t have the time for waxing, and had a bad reaction last time you used a depilatory, don’t worry. There is a much better, much less painful option out there: laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is ideal for removing unwanted hair from any part of the body. It’s particularly great for removing hair from the legs as it reduces the need to shave, wax, or try other methods. The treatment works on most people, as long as they are in good health and have hair that is actively growing. During the treatment, the energy produced by the laser beam heats up and destroys the hair follicle, so that hair can’t return.
Although laser hair removal is often long lasting, it does take several sessions and several months before you really see results. That’s because the laser only targets hair that is in the active growth phase at the time, and unfortunately hair grows in different stages at different times. So follow-up treatments are needed to zap those hairs that didn’t get caught in the first round. That means that the sooner you schedule laser hair removal, the better prepared you’ll be when summer does roll around.
Spider Vein Treatment
You can easily cover up spider veins on your legs in the winter, but as temperatures warm up, you’re going to be less likely to want to keep on wearing those long pants or opaque tights. Spider veins are a fairly common problem, affecting about half of the population. They are also a fairly easy problem to fix since the veins tend to be small and right near the surface of the skin. Spider vein treatment includes sclerotherapy and laser treatments.
In the case of sclerotherapy, a chemical solution is injected into the veins. The chemical destroys the veins, causing them to collapse and fade from view. In the case of a laser treatment, the energy from the laser destroys the veins so that they fade away. Both treatments are relatively painless and don’t require any downtime, although it is usually recommended that people wear compression stockings and keep the legs elevated as much as possible for several weeks afterwards.
Unwanted hair and unsightly veins are two big reasons people keep their legs covered in the summer. Here’s a third: they’re concerned about extra fat, often around the thighs.Whether you’ve got saddle bags, a bit of extra junk in the trunk, or want a larger thigh gap, there is a way to reduce the extra fat on your legs before summer rolls around.
Coolsculpting is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction for stubborn fat deposits around your thighs, butt, and hips. While liposuction vacuums the fat away, Coolsculpting works by freezing it. The cold temperatures destroy your unwanted fat cells, so that your body flushes them out over time. Treatment takes about an hour for each area, and you can have DualSculpting to treat both thighs at once.
Along with helping to trim your thighs, one of the big benefits of Coolsculpting is that it’s a pretty comfortable procedure. You might feel the cold at first, but your thighs will quickly become numb. During the hour-long procedure, you can read, send e-mails, watch a TV show, or chat with a friend.
Don’t hide your legs this summer because your skin has gotten saggy or crepey. Although you most commonly associate loose and sagging skin with the face, it does happen to the legs, too. Skin tightening treatments, such as Titan, can effectively smooth and tighten the skin on your legs.
The treatment uses infrared energy to heat the dermis and stimulate the production of collagen. When your skin produces more collagen, it has a better support structure in place, allowing it to be firm and supple instead of loose. Depending on the area you have treated, the process can take between an hour and three hours. Usually, no downtime is needed afterwards, and you can typically see results right away.
Along with getting your legs ready for summer, don’t forget to take great care of them once the summer arrives. If you’re going to bare your legs on the beach or even just on a regular day, don’t forget to wear sunscreen, which will protect you from burns and from the aging rays produced by the sun.
To learn more about what you can do to get summer ready, talk to the staff at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas, today. Our team will help you put together a plan for treatments so that your legs are ready to go the minute summer gets underway.