What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a semi-permanent hair removal method. A laser is passed over the skin, damaging the hair follicles below the skin. Ideally, laser hair removal keeps the hair from growing back, unlike other hair removal methods that get rid of the hair temporarily.
Different types of lasers may be used that use different wavelengths of energy. The skin color, skin type, and hair color will determine what type of laser is used. The practitioner who is doing the treatment should know which to use and should be able to do a good job.
Selective photothermolysis allows the laser to only damage the hair. It looks for the darker matter, which should be the hair. Laser hair removal is more effective for individuals with light skin and dark hair because the laser can more easily differentiate between the skin and the hair.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?
Laser hair removal does not last forever in most cases. It is typically expected to last for 5 to 10 years, after which more treatments may be required. Of course, this is based on an each individual. One person with minimal hair may experience lifetime hair removal, while others don’t. The only way to know exactly what kind of results you will get is by trying it out.
Laser hair removal requires several treatments. Typically, 6 to 8 treatments are required every 8 to 12 weeks. After a series of treatments have been completed, if the desired results are not achieved, another series of treatments may need to be done later.
The results that come from laser hair removal depend on the individuals skin and hair, and the skills of the person conducting the laser treatment. Always be selective of who does the treatments. Make sure they are licensed and have a lot of experience. If the wrong lasers are used or any laser is used incorrectly, the process might not work, or the skin could be damaged.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
Laser hair removal is not cheap. Each treatment is expensive, and several treatments need to be done. The cost depends on how many treatments are done, where the treatments are done, and the surface area being treated. For example, it’s going to cost a lot more to treat both legs than to treat the upper lip.
Laser hair removal can cost anywhere from $300 to $4,000 or more, depending on your needs. The best way to get a price is to have a consultation with a laser hair removal treatment center.
There are also laser hair removal at home kits. They claim to be just as effective as regular treatments, but they rarely are. You will most likely get better results with the real thing, but it’s up to you which method you want to choose.
Is it Painful?
Laser hair removal is painful, more so for some than others. After all, a laser is being passed over your skin and zapping hairs. The pain comes when a hair gets zapped. Therefore, the pain usually means no more hair. However, you have to know what kind of pain to expect. Unless you have a low tolerance for pain, it shouldn’t be excruciating. There’s a difference between the pain of a zapped hair and the pain of burning skin.
There are potential temporary side effect such as scabbing, redness, or dry skin. If the treatment was done right, this should go away within a few days. To ensure that you don’t get long term damage, make sure the person doing the treatment knows what they are doing. If you have dark skin, you should be even more careful because your skin is more prone to damage.