One of the most common cosmetic procedures practiced in America, hundreds of thousands of women and men get laser hair removal every year. Laser technology has improved over the years so that you can selectively remove hair from the body so that it never grows back. If you are tired of shaving, waxing, plucking, or being hairy, investing in laser hair removal could be the answer for you.
Laser Hair Removal Process
During the process of laser hair removal, a laser sends an intense ray of light into the hair and generates an energy that is transmitted down to the hair follicle. The goal of the procedure is to destroy the root bulb so that the hair does not grow back. The laser pulsates over unwanted hair and can treat about a square inch of area at a time.
For optimal results, clients should shave before the laser hair removal procedure or have your hair trimmed at the time of the appointment. Although shaving is recommended prior to your laser treatment, abstain from waxing and electrolysis procedures (for approximately six weeks) that remove the hair stubble. The presence of the stubble is necessary for laser treatment to be effective. Because hair has growing and resting cycles, repeating the procedure is necessary to target all the hair follicles until they have all been affected by the treatment.
How Many Laser Treatments Are Need to Eliminate Hair?
Laser hair removal is not a one-time procedure that magically makes the treated hair go away forever. The process of getting hair removed requires numerous appointments for the desired outcome. Depending on your particular hair and how much needs to be removed, three to eight sessions, more or less, may be needed to eliminate unwanted hair growth.
One session may take two minutes to an hour depending on the surface area being treated. Hair removal from the upper lip may require only a few minutes of your time while getting hair removed from both your legs or your entire back is going to take far more time than your upper lip, eyebrow, or underarms.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
Many individuals who have hair removed via laser compare the process to what a rubber band snapping upon the skin feels like. Others have explained that the experience is comparable to a bee sting, over and over again. A topical numbing agent is used to help keep the client comfortable during a laser hair removal procedure. Fortunately, as there are fewer hair follicles to treat, any discomfort associated with the hair removal process is lessened with each session. Following a laser hair removal procedure, red bumps could appear on the skin that may last for a few days.
What Areas On My Body Can Have Laser Hair Removal?
Both men and women are choosing laser hair removal to deal with hair in unwanted places. Women often have hair removed from their underarms, upper lips and bikini regions. It is common practice for ladies to get their legs lasered to remove hair. Say goodbye to years of shaving or waxing, disposable razors, and red bumps with laser hair removal.
Men often choose to have laser treatments on their backs, chests, and other parts of the body. An unsightly hairy back can easily be remedied with laser hair removal. Unwanted neck hair and even arm hair can undergo laser treatment. A smooth, hair-free chest is possible with laser hair removal.
No matter if you are a man or woman, you can treat almost any portion of the body with laser hair removal procedure. Eyebrows can be shaped and unibrows can disappear with laser hair removal. Essentially, almost anywhere there’s hair on the body, it can be removed with a laser procedure.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of laser hair removal can vary greatly depending on the skill level of your technician, your geographical location, the quality of laser being used, as well as the amount and type of hair that is being removed. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests that consumers spend an average of $235 per laser hair removal session. Some sessions may only be $75 or $100, so check with your plastic surgeon to inquire about pricing in your area.
How to Care for Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal
For the most effective outcome, reducing exposure to the sun before and after your treatment is highly recommended. To reduce risk of irritation, avoid hot baths and showers, steam rooms, and hot tubs for a few days. Wear comfortable cotton clothing and apply 100% aloe vera to your skin after you’ve had laser hair removal. Also, as a precaution, take a few days off from the gym, swimming pool, and sauna.
While most normal activities can resume immediately, proceed cautiously. Bathe in lukewarm water until the skin has had optimal time to recover. To protect your skin, always apply sunscreen with a high SPF. Reschedule any massage appointments that immediately follow the days after laser hair removal and refrain from using lotions, sprays, or oils that may cause a negative reaction to the skin. Overall, laser hair removal does not affect most activities of daily living, but be smart and protect your investment.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
Can you imagine not having to worry about shaving before you go to the pool or beach? Think about putting on your favorite skirt, pair of shorts, or a tank top without having to be concerned about unwanted hair. Whether you realize it or not, most hair removal maintenance can be both timely and costly, and only temporary.
Waxing, shaving, and plucking requires constant effort. The costs of shaving and waxing can add up and will never go away. Laser technology is one solution that lasts. Though the initial investment may seem substantial; laser hair removal can bring greater ease, comfort, and confidence to your life. Schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Ganchi and his highly trained staff are available to assist you with your hair removal needs.