If you could wave a magic wand to get rid of your unwanted body hair and leave you with smooth, flawless skin, would you do it? Of course you would. Who wouldn't? Unfortunately, no such magical spell exists, but proponents of laser hair removal would probably claim that it's the next best thing.
So how does laser hair removal actually work? During treatment, the technician uses a specially calibrated laser to destroy follicles beneath the skin. After the proper number of treatments – typically between three and six – the hair loss becomes permanent and you never have to worry about shaving, plucking, tweezing or waxing again.
Sounds great, right? Well, there are a few things that you should know first.
Unfortunately, not all hair removal lasers are created equally. Traditionally, the lasers work off of color contrast, which is wonderful if you have, say, light skin and dark hair. If, however, you have some other skin/hair color combination, then the treatment isn't going to be as effective.
Since technology has progressed in recent years, doctors have been using more advanced lasers. For example the Nd:YAG laser doesn't work off of contrast and can target follicles regardless of the skin/hair color combination. So if you're going in for a treatment, make sure that the facility can suit your specific needs.
Technically, you can get laser hair removal performed anywhere on the body that you like, but it's not going to be particularly effective in certain areas. If you're looking to get rid of peach fuzz on your cheeks or thin blonde hair on your arms, then it may be difficult to completely get rid of the hair. Sure, if you have the money, it may be possible, but it will likely take more treatments than you're willing to pay for.
While laser hair removal is marketed as a permanent solution to hair loss, that label may be a little misleading. In general, most people see regrowth within the first three to five years, and they have to undergo subsequent treatments for upkeep. Still, getting a touch-up every few years beats having to shave every day, right?
If you're tired of getting rid of unwanted body hair, then laser removal may be the solution for you. Just make sure that you do your homework and find a qualified provider in your area. You don't want to trade unwanted body hair for burns and unsightly skin discoloration.
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!