Maybe you have thought of having it done, but are plagued with questions. How does it work? Does it hurt? How long does it last? And probably, How much does it cost? Just to name a few.
The constant shaving, waxing, and hair removal, in general can be a nightmare for some women. It is time consuming, expensive, sometimes it hurts, and the irritation. Yikes…
Here are the answers to women’s most frequently asked questions regarding Laser Hair Removal.
How does it work?
This hair removal procedure works by using an intense beam of light, known as a laser, which passes through the skin, directly to the hair follicle. The beam of light or laser, then damages the hair follicle, which discourages regrowth.
On what areas of the body can it be done?
Laser Hair Removal is most commonly performed on legs, underarms, bikini area, and face (typically upper lip), but it can be done on just about any area of the body and face. When done by a professional, it is a safe procedure and it is FDA approved.
Does it hurt?
Your doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to the area, though you may still feel a slight stinging sensation. It almost feels like a slight pinching on the skin and by the time you realize its uncomfortable it’s gone.
How long does it take?
The length of time varies depending on the area, the laser hair removal is performed on. For example; an upper lip may only take a minute or two, whereas doing both of your legs may take a few hours.
Is it permanent?
Laser Hair Removal has been proven to slow the growth of unwanted hair, but may not remove it forever. Because hair grows in cycles, it may take several treatments to get desired results. Treatments are usually spaced six to twelve weeks apart. You may still require future treatments once or twice a year, to maintain your hair-free look.
Does it work on everyone?
Traditional laser hair removal, works best on people with dark hair and light skin. The laser, that is used specifically targets the melanin, which is the pigment in your hair. With a traditional laser removal treatment, those with darker skin, may experience some side effects like discoloration of the skin, and may require more treatments than normal. In the past, laser hair removal wasn’t recommended for those with gray, white, red, or very blonde hair, or those will dark skin.
But a new technology, that combines laser and Radio Frequency Energy, commonly known as “RF Therapy or RF Energy”, has paved the way in this new laser hair removal trend. This combination of Laser and RF Energy, can remove any color of unwanted hair, safely, on just about any skin type. If you have darker skin or lighter hair, do your research and find a place that offers this technology, so you are not wasting time and money.
What are the side effects?
Immediately after the procedure you will experience some redness, swelling, and the lingering stinging sensation, but its nothing that can’t be cured with a ice pack. Some women may experience discoloration of the skin, which is typically temporary. Other may have some skin irritation, and or scabbing. Some other more uncommon side effects include blistering or scarring, but this is rare when done by a professional.
How long is the recovery?
Skin will return to normal within a week. In the mean time, you may be tempted to exfoliate, because your skin may have a “crusty” appearance. You do not want to scrub hard or exfoliate these areas, until your skin is completely healed and the crusty appearance is completely gone. Also, be sure to protect your skin by applying sunscreen and limiting your time in the sun after the procedure.
How much does it cost?
Laser Hair Removal prices vary a great deal depending on your location, the areas being treated, and the method being used. Please consult a professional in your area to receive an accurate price quote.
Now, that you have the low-down on Laser Hair Removal, you can make an informed decision regarding your method of hair removal. If decide to go for Laser Hair Removal, be sure to do your research, and find a reputable doctor with references.