For women, keeping the skin hair-free has benefits beyond aesthetic reasons. Laser hair removal may never be the first consideration when you think of hair removal. Even the term laser sounds so intimidating and painful. Everyone starts off either with shaving or waxing to remove unwanted hair.
During times when you reach a level of frustration with prickly hair on your legs. So much so that they keep you from wearing skirts and dresses just because you didn’t make it to the salon appointment, laser hair removal comes as a boon. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to prevent unwanted body hair from re-growing. Here is everything you wish to know about laser hair removal.
• Is it for everyone?
Doctors at Laser Clinics confirm that the procedure is suitable for every male and female as long as their skin can withstand the high intensity of the laser beam. For sensitive skin, the intensity is much lower. Although suitable for everyone, the results vary from person to person. Laser hair removal procedure is more effective on people who have dark hair on lighter skin. Recent advances have increased the effectiveness of the procedure for those with lighter hair.
• Are you suitable?
Anyone who has considered a laser hair removal is suitable for the procedure. Young patients might have to wait for a few years before they can get the procedure done. The body has to grow out of the accelerated growth phase. If you are under 18, the surgery will not be conducted without a parental consent.
• Permanent, really?
It takes a few sittings before results are visible. The progress is gradual. Hair regrows with a reduced density, lighter and finer. The number of sessions required depends on the target area. For light and fine hair such as the region above the upper lip (which is dominated by hormonal control) more than eight sittings are required for complete hair removal. If the goal is hair reduction, then 2 to 4 sessions serve the purpose.
• How does it work and what can be the target areas?
To explain the working of the laser hair removal treatment, first the phases of hair growth must be known. There are three stages: the active, regression and resting phase (anagen, catagen and telogen, respectively). At laser clinics, only hair in the different stages of anagen phase is targeted. On striking the skin, the beam destroys melanin and once done hair will not regrow from the same spot.
The procedure is safe for any part of the body and face, the most popular being arms, legs, underarms and bikini region. It takes between 10 minutes and an hour depending on the surface area of the treatment. Treated hair falls off immediately.
• Procedure cost?
The cost varies from $350 to $750 depending on the area of the surface treated and the clinic you visit.
Do not shave or wax the region, use sunscreen to protect the area every time you step out and refrain from using body scrubs that contain glycolic acid.