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Things You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

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If you’ve had it with shaving or waxing unwanted hair, consider laser hair removal. While it’s not inexpensive, it’s effective. No more shaving or waxing, probably for good. No more stubble or ingrown hairs. When you think about how much time and energy you’ll save, it’s a good investment in yourself.

A Medical Procedure

Laser hair removal requires the skill of a doctor or a certified technician, so it is not a service you’ll find in your local beauty salon. Dermatologists and spas with physicians or nurses on staff generally offer laser hair removal. Always make sure the person performing the procedure is licensed to do so. While it is a medical procedure, in all but very unusual circumstances it is not covered by insurance.

How It Works

Lasers remove hair by targeting the roots. Because hair grows at different lengths over time, the entire treatment takes several sessions over a period of months. On average, each session lasts a half hour. Once you’ve finished treatment, the hair is either permanently removed, or gone for a long time. If your hair does grow back, it’s generally in a lighter shade and much finer than it was before laser treatment. You may require an annual laser hair removal “tune-up” session.

No Tanning

If you love sitting in the sun, you’ll have to take a break for at least six weeks prior to treatment. That also means no tanning beds. Sun exposure increases the risk of side effects and makes treatment less effective.

No Waxing or Plucking

You’ll need to avoid waxing or plucking your unwanted hair for the six weeks before treatment. Don’t schedule any electrolysis appointments. Since the laser targets the hair roots, fewer hair follicles make the process less effective.

Side Effects

Laser hair removal side effects are generally minor, but they do occur. The most common side effects include:

  • Blistering
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity
  • Swelling

One uncommon but possible side effect is change in the color of the affected skin. Such pigment change may lighten or darken the area. Dark-skinned patients are more likely to experience pigment change than lighter-skinned individuals. Another rare but possible side effect is scarring in the treated area.

Costs

The overall cost depends on the size of the treated area and the number of sessions you require. Most people need between four to six sessions to eradicate unwanted hair. Several sessions for removing chest hair, for example, may set you back several thousand dollars.

Interview the doctor or technician prior to scheduling your initial appointment. If money is an issue, some practices or spas may offer payments over time. It’s worth it to never have to deal with unwanted hair again.

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!

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