Laser hair removal is the latest trend in cosmetic hair removal. It is virtually painless, can have long-lasting results, and is inexpensive compared to other plastic surgery procedures.
Laser Hair Removal: The Procedure
Laser hair removal works by concentrating small beams of light and energy at the hairs in the desired area. The pigment in the hair absorbs the light to the root, damaging the follicle and killing the hair. The results vary widely, and can last anywhere from several months to several years.
After the treatment is performed your current growth cycle is dead, the hair will appear to be growing but are actually falling out. It is acceptable to shave until all hair has fallen out.
Laser Hair Removal: What You Should Know Before Going In
Laser hair removal works best for people with darker hair and lighter skin. The easier the hair can be seen, the easier it will be for the aesthetician to find each one with the laser.
This procedure will permanently reduce the amount and thickness of hair. Touch-ups may be required for optimal results. Some patients will see hair regrowth in just a few months, while others will enjoy the results for several years. The number of required sessions will depend on how thick the hairs are, how deep the follicles run, and how many procedures it takes to finish hair removal in the desired area.
The level of comfort throughout the procedure depends on the patient’s pain tolerance. Some patients claim that the procedure is painless, while others compare it to being gently struck with a hot rubber band with each shot of the laser.
Laser Hair Removal: Costs & Risks
Each hair removal session cost varies depending on the area desired for treatment. Risks include:
- Temporary skin discomfort in the treated area
- Increased fragility for skin that is sunburned or has been exposed to chlorine and saltwater
- Temporary pigment changes in the treated area
It is important to speak with your aesthetician about how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, and any lasting risks associated with laser hair removal.