Your Guide to Laser Hair Removal

June 14, 2019

Facts about Laser Hair Removal

Hair plays a very important role on the skin. It participates in regulation of the body temperature and protection of inner tissues. However, too much hair can be a total nuisance. Armpits can start smelling if you don’t shave your underarms. Hair traps moisture and creates a damp surface for growth of bacteria. Therefore, it is essential to shave your unwanted hairs for hygiene purposes.

There are many more reasons for this. Now, the shaving method you choose greatly determines the outcome. Have you heard about laser hair removal? This is a method where a beam of light is illuminated on the hair follicles, destroying them and hence killing their ability to produce hair. If you are the type that doesn't like repeated shaves every now and then, this method is recommended for you.

Laser hair removal is suitable for getting rid of hair from the pubic region, underarms, legs and arms, and face. Don't use it on more sensitive areas like eyebrows.

So, how does laser hair removal work?

Here, the dermatologist exposes your targeted areas to a beam of light. This light converts to heat when they hit the melanin in your skin. The heat then destroys your hair follicles, preventing any further growth of hair. Laser light detects melanin in the hair and destroys it. Consequently, this method may not work for people with less pigmented hair.

What do you need to know about laser hair removal?

It is good to be fully informed before trying out this method. Find out some of the facts that will guide you on your next appointment.

1. One laser session is not enough

If you thought this is like waxing where you go once and you’re sorted, that’s not the case. You may need up to seven sessions of laser or more to completely remove unwanted hair. However, this also depends on your type of hair and skin color. Some may take shorter.

2. Laser does not remove hair permanently

The fact that laser destroys hair follicle does not mean that hair will never grow again. This is just a permanent hair reduction method. Lighter hairs may grow with time. However, they will be softer and smoother. You may even fail to notice them.

3. Laser works differently on every hair color

A person with darker hair may notice awesome results when they use laser to remove hair. However, if you hair is blond, gray, or white, it may be a bit difficult. The light in the laser machine detects hairs depending on their color. Darker hair has enough pigment for easy detection and removal. People with thicker and coarse hair are the best candidates for laser hair removal.

4. Don’t remove hair follicles before laser treatment

Tweezing and waxing may remove roots of your hair. This can prevent laser from detecting any hair follicles since the pigment will have been removed. However, you can shave normally prior the treatment since this only removes hair on the skin surface and not the follicles.

5. Avoid exposing yourself to the sun prior treatment

Sun rays can tan your skin and this may make it look as dark as your hair. In laser, there should be a clear distinction between hair and skin. A tanned skin may attract the light because if the pigment present, causing burns and irritation. You want your hair removed, not your skin.

6. It is a bit expensive

Since this is somewhat a permanent solution for hair removal, expect to pay extra money than the regular methods. It may cost up to $500 per session depending on your type of hair and where it is being removed. Hair removal from your bikini area may be more expensive than armpits and other body areas. Multiplying this amount by the number of sessions you need results in a big figure. However, the price is all worth it.

7. Laser comes in different types

Is there hope for people with lighter complexion? Yes. There are 3 types of laser that work well depending on the skin type.

  • Diode laser - this works for both light and dark skin.
  • Alexandrite laser - this one is faster and suitable for treating wider surface area of patients with light-to-olive complexions.
  • Nd-YAG - this is good for all skin complexions. However, it does not work well for light or fine hair.

Laser hair removal is an awesome method if you want a smooth, non-fuzzy, attractive skin. You should find out all the do’s and don’ts before attempting the procedure. In addition, consult your dermatologist and find out if this method is suitable for your skin and hair type. You may experience irritation after the procedure although it goes away shortly. Considering the number of sessions you need to attend and the costs involved, make sure you plan well and make a sound decision before having it. Laser hair removal is the real deal.

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