You can zap hair in many ways these days, but it’s hard to choose the most effective technique of hair removal. Should you use shaving cream to get rid of hair growth only to have it all back in days? Should you use depilatory creams that dissolves hair in minutes and have it grow back in weeks? Should you resort to painful epilators, waxing or electrolysis for longer lasting results? How about laser hair removal? What is it really about? How long-lasting is it? Does it hurt? Let’s find out!
Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal
If you don’t know much about laser hair removal, it’s time you did. It is an increasingly popular method to remove hair with semi-permanent results. This is the way it works:
- The laser detects hair by targeting the melanin pigment cells within the hair follicle.
- The concentrated beam of laser then burns down the hair follicle right to the root.
- There’s barely any pain at all. At most, you may feel a slight pinch or discomfort.
- It gets progressively less painful as the hair becomes more sparse and fine after each session.
- While the hair is not permanently removed, it does drastically reduce hair growth. Repeated treatments can result in nearly no hair growing back. You can stop shaving eventually.
- Laser treatment can be done anywhere on the body: legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, face, stomach, jawline, etc. Wherever you have a patch that you wish to remove, you can resort to laser hair removal for a long-lasting effect.
On the flipside, there are a few things to consider:
- The process for complete hair removal does take a few months. Each session does not take more than an hour (depending on the area).
- The wait between each treatment is about four to six months. Results vary from person to person, and the area targeted to remove hair.
- The treatment is expensive compared to shaving, hair removal creams and waxing. It might take up to $200-$400 per session and $1,000 for larger areas but as the growth lessens, so will your frequency for repeat treatments and finally no expenses at all once the hair nearly stops.
- The effects of laser hair removal differs from person to person. It works best on those with lighter skin and dark hair and is least effective on dark skin. This is because the skin colour is close to the hair colour, making it hard for the laser to detect and target the hair follicles. New advanced technology offers better results now such as Nd:Yag, that can distinguish all skin tones and hair better.
- Laser hair removal can leave burns or scars on the skin if it is not done properly. Sometimes a break out is possible if the skin is sensitive that an OTC hydrocortisone cream or antibacterial lotion can take care of. You will have to stop waxing in between sessions and rely on shaving instead. Watch out for laser centres that promise results from uncertified experts. For the best results, you need a trained aesthetician.
- Stay away from the tanning under the sun or the bottle before a treatment.
- Laser hair removal is not taught in medical school so ask for a certified dermatologist to be certain.
Adore Beauty Studio, Cloverdale British Columbia
We are a laser centre and day spa owned and operated by a cosmetic laser technician who is trained and certified by a medical doctor and surgeon at Laser and CosMedic Academy. We have been involved in beauty treatments using advanced technology breakthroughs for the best, safe results. Call us to schedule an appointment.