Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is the permanent reduction of body hair using (you’ll never guess it!) lasers. It’s pretty good at making unwanted hair a thing of the past.
For some people unwanted hair can be a real nightmare – especially women. But you don’t want to jump straight into expensive salon treatments.
Laser hair removal treatment can be costly, painful and you may need several sessions. The above articles answer some of the key questions about laser hair removal in more detail. Don’t rush into getting the treatment.
The treatment is good but still do your research first.
On this page we’re going to briefly tell you what you should know if you’re considering the treatment.
What You Should Know: The Basics
Effectiveness : High
Typical Cost : $80-300
Sessions Needed : 3-8
Treatment Time : Low/Medium
You can get laser hair removal done at a clinic, or you can get it done at home using a home device. Which one you want to do comes down to personal preference. A home device will cost more over the sort term, but if you’re thinking about getting lots of treatments it could be cheaper long-term. Undoubtedly you will get better results at a clinic though. Their machines are more powerful and they’re operated by professionals.
You’ll need several treatments before you start to see good results. Why? We explain that in more detail on the pages above.
The treatment is somewhat painful. People say it hurts a much as an elastic band flicking against your skin. So it’s not unbearable. At most good clinics they’ll be able to provide you with some sort of numbing cream, or will be able to turn down the intensity of the device if needed.
Normally the treatment is given according to body area. So you could get your upper lip done, or your legs done, or your arms done. Again, we’ll look at the specifics in the articles above. As a general rule the larger the area, the more expensive treatment will be.
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects & Risks
So if you’re thinking of getting the treatment you should know about some of the risks involved. What sort of side effects can you expect?
Luckily most people who get laser hair removal don’t experience many side effects. Obviously one of the biggest side effects is the pain experienced. But that’s to be expected. After the treatment you may experience itchy skin. This shouldn’t last too long and you can buy (or be provided with) soothing balms which really help.
Good clinics with properly trained staff will make sure you don’t get too much laser hair removal done in one go. It’s much better to have more treatment over a longer period of time.
There is a very small risk of skin discoloration. This is because the laser is targeting certain darker colors in your skin. However a very intensive treatment would be needed for this. A good clinic will spot the signs of this and adjust treatment accordingly.
If the treatment is too intensive there is also a risk of blistering. Again, a good clinic won’t let you take a treatment which is dangerous so this shouldn’t be a problem.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?
Another important consideration is how long the treatment’s going to last. Some people think that laser hair removal is completely permanent. This isn’t the case. It reduces hair but doesn’t completely remove it. Only electrolysis can permanently remove hair.
It’s hard to give an exact amount of time – it will differ from person to person. But you should expect to need top up treatments as your body repairs the damaged hair follicles. If you read the article on how laser hair removal works you’ll understand that hair is always in different stages of growth. So it’s practically impossible to remove all the hair, as it all won’t be in a stage of growth suitable for laser hair removal.
You should go to your local clinic and ask someone there for an assessment unique to you. These factors can all play a part in how fast your hair grows back.
- Skin type.
- Skin color.
- Laser used.
- Skill of practitioner.
What do we Think?
Overall we think laser hair removal is a good treatment which can save you a lot of time. You just need to be willing to accept the side effects, and accept that you may need to go back to the clinic for a top up session. Because the procedure varies so much from person to person, the best advice we can give is to visit your local clinic. Any advice online can only speculate about your circumstances. Get the opinion of a professional!