Unwanted hair on the body or face can be one of the most unflattering things a woman has to bear with. Most women love to keep their arms, legs, and face bare of any follicle of hair, but not all of them (in fact almost none of them) are given the genetic gift of being completely hairless in all the places they’d want to be.
This is why many women resort to different treatments to try and remove unwanted hair from the body like waxing, tweezing and electrolysis to name a few, all with varying degrees of effectiveness at hair removal. However, a new development has occurred in the field of cosmetic surgery in recent years, letting individuals get rid of unwanted hair permanently through a process called laser hair removal.
How does laser hair removal work?
While the exact science behind laser hair treatment is quite complicated, to the point where different people with different hair color, skin type, and age require varying treatments, the basic principle behind the treatment is the same for each: an intense beam of laser light is pulsated into hair follicles on the skin, targeting the parts where you don’t want hair correctly, and weakening the hair follicles at the root. After each session, the treated hair falls out over time (typically over one month), and after a couple of sessions over some time, you eventually stop re-growing hair from the treated parts, resulting in permanent loss of unwanted hair.
Benefits of laser hair removal
Unlike other hair removal treatments, laser hair removal is a medical procedure that guarantees permanent unwanted hair removal, after only 3 to 7 sessions total (varies from person to person). Most other treatments are only temporary fixes and need to be carried out indefinitely to keep hair in check. Laser hair removal is also one of the fastest hair removal treatments available on the market, and since a single laser beam can treat quite a lot of hair in a fraction of a second, even more, significant areas of skin like the legs and back can be treated in well under an hour. Not only that, but laser hair removal is also exact in its operation, letting surgeons target small areas of skin to remove hair, without adversely affecting the area of skin around it.
Side-effects of the treatment
Even though laser hair removal is an excellent solution for getting rid of unwanted hair quickly and permanently, the procedure in itself is far from perfect and can cause some unwanted complications. However, most side-effects of the treatment are not too severe and last for only a couple of days after treatment. These overall harmless side-effects include sunburnt skin, a little swelling, and scarring, all of which heal in a week after the treatment. Nevertheless, there are some cases where laser hair treatment can cause blisters and noticeable, permanent scarring, but these cases are very far and few in between. The majority of cases only experience minor discomfort for the first few days, all of which can be mitigated with the prescribed use of moisturizers and creams to assist in healing.
Side-effects of laser hair removal can also be mitigated with the proper preparation and precautions taken before the procedure, such as not waxing or tweezing hair at least two weeks before treatment and covering the skin with cold, protective gel during treatment. As the technology for the treatment advance with time, the effect of complications arising from laser hair removal are being lessened to make them less severe over time.
How much does it cost?
While the average cost per session for laser hair removal is $235, this value can vary considerably from individual to individual and can depend on various other factors. Getting the procedure done from a different clinic or different part of the city can cost you different amounts, as the quality of service between two providers may not be the same. The more skin area you want to get treated for hair removal, the more you’ll have to pay per session, and the more time it’ll take you for treatment and recovery.
However, since most people require more than one session for laser hair removal to result in permanent hair loss, the total amount you’ll have to pay also depends on the number of sessions you need to achieve this result. It typically takes 3 to 7 sessions for laser hair removal treatment to be fully effective, but the exact number depends solely on the individual, which is why it is better to consult a physician to get a better estimate.
All in all, laser hair removal is an effective and relatively safe treatment to get rid of unwanted hair permanently. It may be a little costly, but its result is well worth the money invested in it.