Hair today, gone tomorrow: Say goodbye to shaving forever

Posted: September 18, 2019 | Word Count: 467

“I love shaving and am so glad I get to do it every day,” said no woman ever.

Yet, we spend 72 days shaving our legs over the course of our lifetime, which is approximately 1,728 hours — and that’s just our legs, according to a survey from These numbers don’t take other areas such as underarms and bikini line into account, nor do they factor in the waxing, tweezing and threading we must suffer through to get rid of unwanted facial hair.

It makes perfect sense that laser hair removal consistently ranks in the top 5 most popular noninvasive cosmetic surgery procedures. There were 385,000 laser hair removal procedures performed in 2018, according to the newest numbers from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.[1] That’s a lot of hair!

The main reason? Laser hair removal offers permanent results and a lifetime’s reprieve from shaving, waxing, tweezing or threading. And Cutera’s Excel HR takes laser hair removal to a whole new level, offering permanent results for all skin and hair types.

In the past, laser hair removal wasn’t considered an option for lighter, finer hair and it also wasn’t recommended for skin of color due to the risk of permanent scarring and discoloration, but not anymore.

“Excel HR is safe for all skin types because it offers treatment with two wavelengths (1064 nm Nd:YAG and 755 nm Alexandrite) that we can tailor based on your skin type for maximum hair removal results,” says Boca Raton, FL, dermatologist Jeffrey Fromowitz. “We can treat hair on the face, legs, arms, underarms and back as well as more sensitive areas like the chest, nipples and bikini line. Several treatments, typically 3-6, are needed to achieve desired results,” he says.

“Excel HR is the safest and most effective device for hair removal. The state-of-the-art chill tip makes it virtually painless,” says Dr. Steven Swengel of Refined Dermatology in Los Gatos, CA. “The laser disables the hair in its active growth phase, which is one of three stages of the hair follicle cycle. Other hairs will enter this phase at different times so additional treatments are necessary. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but you can shave,” Dr. Swengel explains.

Downtime is minimal. “The treated area may be red or swollen after being treated, but it subsides quickly. The Excel HR technology can also be used to target and diminish pigmented lesions and vascular lesions,” says. Dr. Fromowitz.

Fall is the ideal season to get started with a permanent solution for unwanted hair. So, what are you waiting for, ladies? Don’t waste another precious minute shaving.

Schedule an appointment with an Excel HR provider near you at


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