5 Things You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal
Are you tired of shaving your body hair?
Shaving hair is a time-consuming process. Razors, blades, and shave gel can be quite expensive. And worst of all, a careful shave job never stays smooth for more than a couple days and it often leaves your skin irritated, red and bumpy.
Luckily, there's a way to have silky smooth skin without dealing with the hassle of shaving every day.
Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular option for those who want to be done with their unwanted hair once and for all.
The procedure involves targeting a highly-concentrated beam of light into areas of unwanted hair. The laser then destroys the unwanted hair follicles by absorbing their pigment.
Sounds awesome. Now, where do I sign up?
Even though laser hair removal is a noninvasive treatment, it's still a big decision. It's best to know all the details before fully committing. Here are the top 5 things you should know about laser treatment:
It's Permanent...Sort Of
It usually takes at least a few sessions to fully remove the unwanted hair.
However, you need to understand that even if you quit after the first session, your hair will never be the same again. Once the hair's been removed, it's gone for good.
Make sure you are 100% committed before you actually go through with it.
Also be aware that results are not 100% guaranteed. Some follicles are more resistant to treatment and may grow back again. However, they will grow back much finer and lighter.
Certain People Are Better Candidates
It would be nice if everyone was the ideal candidate for hair removal. But unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.
Those with lighter skin and darker hair are the best candidates. However, there are specific lasers that can be used on patients with darker skin.
Unfortunately, those with blonde or white hair do not make good candidates. This is because the laser has trouble deciphering the skin from the actual hair follicles.
Those with rashes, infections, or open wounds should also avoid getting hair removal.
Preparation is Key
6 weeks prior to your treatment you should limit any waxing, plucking or electrolysis.
However, it is okay to continue shaving as normal. This is because the laser targets your hair roots. If you are using another hair removal system, the laser won't be as effective.
You should also avoid the sun as much as possible 6 weeks prior to your treatment. The sun damage can aggravate side effects (redness, swelling, sensitivity) and can also make the laser less effective.
Know What Goes On During
The total time of the procedure will depend on the size of the area being treated.
Typically though, it takes 30 minutes or longer. Your technician will have you lie down and will rub gel on the area to make it easier for the laser to penetrate.
The technician will also adjust the laser according to your hair color, skin color, hair thickness, and area. The procedure is painless and you should be able to carry on with your day as normal afterward.
Generally speaking, the larger the area you treat, the more expensive it will be.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost per session is $235. However, sessions can range anywhere between $50-$900, depending on the area. Typically, you will need 4-6 sessions spaced 3-6 weeks apart for best results.
Laser Hair Removal: Wrap Up
We hope this information helps you feel better about your decision.
If you think permanent hair removal is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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