Style expert Victoria Beckham recently spoke to Express.Co.UK about laser hair removal, a procedure recommended to her by Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria.
“You can go for touchups if you do see little hairs appearing, but I’ve been very lucky and I haven’t had to,” Beckham told Express.Co.UK.
Since its inception more than a decade ago, many women have been wary of laser hair removal, but if you’re looking for a permanent way to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal could be the answer.
Although laser hair removal technology has come a long way in the past decade, the treatment is certainly not for everyone.
For example, not all lasers are right for every skin type, hair type or body area. Inexperienced users can end up with patchy skin pigmentation or burns and the wrong treatment can even lead to increased hair growth.
Therefore, it is important that your laser hair removal specialist has the right experience and equipment to conduct the procedure.
According to a recent report on the cosmetic surgery industry, National Health Service medical director Sir Bruce Keogh called for legislation in the laser hair removal industry. Until legislation is in place, Express.Co.UK’s Lesley Reynolds recommends going to a reputable clinic or salon for your laser hair removal needs.
Laser hair removal can be used anywhere on the body except the eyes and surrounding area. The procedure is usually used to treat the upper lip, face, neck, chest, bikini line, underarms, legs and stomach.
The laser targets the hair follicle’s pigment, so your skin color and hair type are important when deciding on which laser type to use. Patients with dark hair and light skin are the easiest to treat, while those with a low contrast between skin color and hair type are the most difficult.
Depending on the size of the area and coarseness of the hair, six to 12 sessions are usually necessary to remove hair entirely. Appointment times tend to be about a month apart and it takes time to see full results. Winter is the best time to begin treatment if you want to be hair free by summer.
Most patients pay about 1700 dollars for a course of six to 10 sessions.
It’s important to make sure you have at least a few days of hair growth before treatment on the area. The laser specialist will likely apply a cooling gel, but patients comment that the procedure is still a little uncomfortable, much like having a rubber band snapped across the skin.
The length or a laser hair removal procedure depends on the size of the area. Whereas a small area, like the underarm or upper lip, might take only a few minutes, the legs could take up to an hour.
The skin might be irritated or red after treatment, but this irritation usually calms down within a day or two. It’s especially important to use sunscreen for a few weeks following treatment and to avoid skin irritants like AHAs or harsh astringents. Also, make sure not to pluck or wax the area following treatment.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about laser hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!