On the list of personal care activities, shaving unwanted body hair is generally not one of the favorites. You may have considered laser hair removal to rid yourself of this frequent need, and for many people it’s a good idea. There are certain things to think about before taking the laser hair removal plunge.
While prices vary and packages and specials are available, laser hair removal is an expensive proposition. Keep in mind that you’ll need at least an annual touch-up to keep unwanted hair at bay. Depending on what part of your body you’re having done, expect to pay between $300 and $900 per treatment. You will need several treatments, and some people need more than a few. Laser hair removal can potentially set you back thousands of dollars. You might pay less for disposable razors over a lifetime.
Most people require between four and six treatments to semi-permanently remove the hair in question. Lasers work only on hair that’s actively growing, so you’ll need to schedule another appointment in 4 to 6 weeks. It might take well over six months before you’re finished with your treatments. You should notice less hair growth after your second session, but if you miss subsequent sessions, you probably won’t see good results.
While you can shave prior to and in between treatment sessions, waxing is out. So is tanning, whether via sitting in the sun or spending time in a tanning bed. Lasers don’t work on burned skin, which is basically what causes the tanning process. If you want a hairless body by summer, get started in winter.
Modern lasers work well on all sorts of skin tones, but they aren’t effective on light-colored hairs. Brunettes should have no issues with lasers, while natural blonds and redheads with light body hair are stuck with alternative hair removal procedures.
For about 48 hours after a treatment, your skin is sensitive. Avoid putting any fragrances on, and take brief, warm – not hot – showers.
You don’t want to an inexperienced technician who is learning the laser hair removal treatment ropes on your body. Go to facilities specializing in laser hair removal – not a beauty salon that does it on the side. Ask friends for recommendations and check out online reviews and on social media before making an appointment.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!