Laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion in recent years, but many find themselves still foggy on the ins and outs of this cosmetic procedure. For that reason, this article will give a comprehensive view of laser hair removal from safety concerns to how the procedure is performed.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Because laser hair removal is performed using light energy, it’s gentle enough to avoid causing any serious health concerns in patients. Even when performed near reproductive organs, the lasers will only affect hair follicles. That said, light skin irritation does occasionally happen after laser, but can easily be treated with a non-fragrant moisturizer.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
When undergoing laser hair removal, a concentrated light is directed onto the treatment area and destroys any surface hairs that it touches. The light then penetrates past a patient’s skin and enters the follicle, where it damages the follicle in order to slow down future hair growth.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
The good news is that, in the vast majority of cases, laser hair removal does not create any discomfort. The amount of discomfort will always depend on a patient’s pain tolerance, but most report that laser hair removal feels like a gentle pinch. For those with especially low pain tolerances, laser has been compared to a rubber band being gently snapped against the skin.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last
How much laser hair removal slows hair growth will depend largely on genetics and the area treated. Lighter skin with darker hair is more likely to see better results with laser treatments. On the whole, most patients will stop seeing hair growth in the treated area after three to seven sessions. Infrequently patients may need to get a touch-up every six to twelve months.
What Areas of the Body Can Laser Hair Removal Be Used On?
The good news is that laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any part of the body. Some of the most common are legs, chin and underarms, but anywhere that has unwanted hair will be a viable treatment area. Bear in mind that the best results are seen where hair is dark and coarse.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of laser hair removal will be influenced by the practitioner’s location, experience and the treatment area. The bikini area, for instance, typically costs around $400, while larger areas like the legs may go upwards of $1,000. For this reason, it’s wise to have a consultation before treatment to determine the cost and the results you can expect for your money.
While some of laser hair removal’s success depends on the individual, most people are extremely pleased with their results after just a handful of laser sessions. For anyone interested in discussing their laser options, contact Advanced Skin Therapy of Smoky Point for a consultation.
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