Whether you are a man or woman, you probably have hair that you don't want. Shaving, tweezing, and waxing are painful, take time, and have to be done over and over again. If you find that it gets repetitious and you don't like taking the time to get rid of it, then you may be a good candidate for laser hair removal. This common procedure destroys the hair by introducing the hair follicles to the concentrated light in the lasers.
There are several benefits of laser hair removal that may help you decide whether or not to have the procedure done. One of these is the precision of the lasers, as they can find the darker and coarser hair and remove only them without causing any skin damage. Another benefit is the speed of the procedure. Because each laser pulse takes less than a second, many hairs can be treated at once, resulting in an upper lip being completed in less than a minute. Finally, it is more predictable because most patients can have their hair gone permanently in less than five sessions.
When you are having your hair removed by lasers, there are some things that you should expect. First, the hair that will be treated is trimmed very short and the equipment is adjusted to match the color, thickness, and the location of the hair on your body. The technician will wear eye protection and spread a cooling gel on your body to help the laser light under the skin where the follicles lie. Then the area will be treated and the technician will keep an eye on it for a couple of minutes to make sure that the skin does not react badly from the treatments. Because there is often some discomfort when the procedure is completed, you will be given ice packs and anti-inflammatory creams to help the skin feel better.
When you have had laser hair removal treatments, your skin may appear as though it has been sunburned. This can be helped by moisturizers and cool compresses. Unless there are blisters, you can wear makeup the day after treatment. During the course of the next month, your hair in the treated area will gradually fall out and you will need to wear sunscreen to protect the new hair free skin from the hazards of the sun. Side effects from treatment include some swelling, redness, and scarring, though rare.
Cost of the treatments vary depending on the procedure you are having done. According to research done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, laser hair removal costs start at $235 per session. The amount you pay depends on the size of the treated area, the amount of treatments that you need, who is performing the procedure, and where in the country you are having the procedure performed.
If you do your homework, you can have your hair permanently removed. You will not need to tweeze, shave, or bleach again.