If you’re looking for a safe, effective, non-invasive way to permanently eliminate hair from your body, laser hair removal may be the answer.
While electrolysis has long been the preferred way to remove hair permanently, it has quite a few drawbacks. Most notably, it only covers very small sections at a time. A fine needle must be inserted into each hair follicle, which is a bit uncomfortable.
Laser hair removal involves no needles, and it’s rapidly becoming one of the most popular ways to permanently remove hair.
Advanced Skin Therapy of Smokey Point offers this popular service. Here are five interesting facts about it:
1.) It is Safe and Gentle
Although electrolysis only causes minor discomfort, many people are squeamish about needles in general. Laser hair removal involves no needles. Instead, the laser sends highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Melanin, or pigment, in the follicles absorbs the light and destroys the hair. The surrounding skin is left untouched.
2.) Not Everyone is an Ideal Candidate
Like many cosmetic treatments, laser hair removal isn’t ideal for everyone. It works best on individuals who have light skin and dark hair, as the laser can only detect hair when it contrasts well against the skin. It can also cause discoloration to dark or tanned skin. Further, it works best on certain parts of the body, like the arms, back, chest and shoulders.
3.) Multiple Treatments are Necessary
As wonderful as it would be to undergo a single laser hair removal treatment and be done, that’s not how it works. Most people undergo four to six sessions to achieve the desired results. The number of sessions that’s required depends on the area that’s being treated, the amount of hair and other factors. Down the line, additional maintenance treatments may be necessary.
4.) Be Prepared
Unlike electrolysis, which requires a decent amount of hair growth to be effective, laser hair removal can be performed on areas of the body that have been shaved recently. However, refrain from waxing or plucking hair in the weeks leading up to your appointment. You should actually shave the area shortly beforehand so that the laser can more easily hit the follicles. For at least three weeks prior to your appointment, avoid sun exposure and self-tanning products to ensure optimal contrast between the hair and skin.
5.) Know the Cost
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, people spend an average of $5,000 for laser hair removal, as each session typically costs around $300. However, prices vary depending on things like geographic location, the size of the area that’s being treated and the total number of sessions that are required.
At Advanced Skin Therapy of Smokey Point, our pricing is much more affordable.
Now that you are more informed about laser hair removal, you should have a clearer idea about whether or not it is right for you.
Of course, you won’t know for certain without sitting down for a consultation with one of our experienced aestheticians.
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